The Minutemen have started the 2013 regular season the way in which all of the 2012 regular season went — with a win.
A quick reminder; last year’s lacrosse squad was undefeated and ranked #1 in the nation, but was ultimately defeated in the opening round of the NCAA tourney.
On Sunday, at a snowy Garber, the UMass Minutemen put together a solid performance and came away with a win against Army.
Next up; the Tar Heels of UNC. The game will take place in Atlanta, actually. With another win — it would be a huge way to open the season for UMass. The knock on the team last year was in regards to the “easier” schedule which the team enjoyed in 2012. A win against a perennially good team like the Tar Heels can’t hurt.
UMass Lax To Begin Season Ranked Nationally
After making it all the way to #1 in the national in 2012, UMass is receiving high praise to start 2013. First the squad was ranked #9 by Inside Lacrosse’s coaches poll.
UMass men’s lacrosse received two additional preseason top-25 rankings today. The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media polls ranked the Minutemen 12th and 13th respectively
Our #1 ranked lacrosse team will finish an undefeated regular season tonight down in Delaware. While the team is tied for the #1 ranking with Loyola, the Greyhound must face a top-10 team in Johns Hopkins tomorrow. Thus, the Minutemen have a chance of being the sole #1 team in the nation come Monday morning.
The road to Gillette continues on.
UMass and Loyola are the last two undefeated teams in D1 lax. The Minutemen dominated an over-matched St. Joe’s team on Saturday. The final score was 15-3.
UMass has Towson next on the schedule. Towson is currently ranked 19 in the same poll.
[via Inside Lacrosse]
The UMass lax team continues to bring some positive vibes to Amherst.
In lieu of a UMass basketball run into deep March, Minutemen fans have another team to get behind this spring. Thus far UMass lacrosse has lived up to their billing, and then some.
UMass, currently ranked number 8 in the nation, now holds wins over two other ranked opponents. The team previous beat #12 Bucknell, and added #11 Ohio State to their key wins list on this past Saturday afternoon.
It looks like 2012 could be a return to glory for the lacrosse program.