Mansfield's Blayne Taylor is a freshman midfielder on the UMass-Amherst men's lacrosse team.
Tayor was a Hockomock League and EMass All-Star for the Hornets, scoring 24 goals with 27 assists. For his career, Taylor had more than 150 career points. His brother, Kerry, was a former standout tight-end for the UMass football team.
The preseason polls have begun to surface with the Minutemen being ranked No. 12 in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Poll. Inside Lacrosse also included the preseason coaches rankings where UMass checks in at No. 9 among the top-20.
Defending NCAA Champion Loyola holds the No. 1 preseason spot according to Inside Lacrosse and the coaches. For the Inside Lacrosse poll, UMass was just behind Colgate which ended the Minutemen’s historic 2012 season in the NCAA First Round last season.
The coaches have UMass ranked No. 9 overall, just behind Denver and ahead of Princeton.
The Minutemen went 15-1 overall in 2012 including a perfect 6-0 mark en route to the CAA Regular-Season Title. With wins over Towson and Drexel in the CAA Championship Tournament, the UMass claimed its first-ever CAA Championship.
UMass opens up its season Jan. 26 at St. John's University in Queens, N.Y.