UMass men's soccer coach Sam Koch passed away on Sunday evening at the age of 59 following a two-year battle with sinus cancer. He was an excellent coach and an even better human being. Remembrances from across the nation have been posted on Twitter and Facebook. Below are some news articles covering his life and some very nice commentaries from area writers Matt Vautour, Dan Malone, Mark Chiarelli and Bob McGovern. Many have similar stories of cutting their teeth on the soccer beat for the Daily Collegian, as do countless others who have gone on to other jobs and professions away from sports. But they all come back to what a great person Sam was. And he was.
Funeral services will be held at Noon on Sunday, Aug. 3 in the Memorial Chapel at Northfield Mount Hermon.
The men's soccer team got a big win over St. Bonaventure on Sunday, picking up a 2-1 victory and three points in the Atlantic 10 standings. The Minutemen will host Dayton on Friday at 3 p.m. and Saint Louis on Sunday at 1 p.m. in their final home games of the season.
The men's soccer team continued its winning ways at home, capturing a 2-1 victory over George Washington on Sunday. Matt Keys collected a goal and an assist, while Connor DeVivo had a score as well. The Minutemen travel to St. Bonaventure this weekend to face the Bonnies on Sunday at Noon.
The men's soccer team broke out of it's funk in a big way, posting a 5-2 win over Siena on Saturday for the team's first win of the season. Junior F Josh Schwartz had a career day with two goals and two assists, while netting the game-winning strike in the process. Sophomore MF Mark Morris was also big with a pair of goals, including a crowd-pleasing bicycle kick in the second half.
Anthony Chiusano and Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian have a pair of recaps on sidebars on the victory.
Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian spoke with UMass head coach Sam Koch following Sunday's tough 2-1 loss at Harvard. The Minutemen have dropped their last seven games following a tie to open the season. Of those seven, five have been one-goal affairs. UMass will play at Syracuse on Wednesday and return home to Rudd Field to face Siena on Saturday at 1 p.m.
The men's soccer team will be on display this afternoon when it takes on Fairfield at Rudd Field at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free and schedule posters will be available. Live streaming video and Gametracker stats are offered via the links below.
The UMass men's soccer team suffered its fourth-consecutive loss on Sunday, falling 2-0 at Dartmouth. The Big Green got two goals form their top offensive threat, junior Alex Adelabu. You can read a complete recap from Mark Chiarelli of the Daily Collegian below.
Sometimes only a single mistake or play can change the complexity of a game. For the Massachusetts men's soccer team, 2013 has been an ongoing struggle to find its way onto the correct side of those outcomes.
UMass (0-5-1) fell to Dartmouth 2-0 on Sunday afternoon, allowing two goals to junior phenom Alex Adelabu in a 14-minute span. Adelabu, who was named first-team All-Ivy League a season ago, commanded constant attention throughout the game. He currently leads the Big Green (2-0-2) with five points this season.
Mark Chiarelli wrote a season preview piece on the men's soccer team for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Change is in the air for the University of Massachusetts men's soccer program.
The team hasn't won more than five games in each of the last three seasons, prompting coach Sam Koch to overhaul his roster by bringing in 13 true freshmen. While the production may take some time -- the team has only two goals in five games (0-4-1) -- Koch is generally pleased with the direction of the team.
"Is (the offense) a concern? It's a concern. Is it a major concern? Not right now," Koch said. "The whole emphasis right now is defending well and I think we showed this (past) weekend we can do that and now we can move on to working on the offense."
Heading into the season, Koch knew the youth on the team would need time to jell. He also knew it was a necessary change to reverse the program's fortune.
"We had two years where we didn't do very well, three years where we had players who weren't as invested in trying to make us a better team," Koch said. "In all honesty, their passion wasn't there and they really didn't want to play that much.
The UMass men's soccer team fell to 0-3-1 on the season with a 1-0 loss to unbeaten Hartford on Wednesday. The back-and-forth affair saw both teams with solid scoring chances, but it was the Hawks who capitalized on a turnover deep in the UMass end of the field in 71st minute. The next game is at Dartmouth on Sunday, while the next home game is next Wednesday against Fairfield at 3:30 p.m.
Check out some photo galleries and a recap from the Daily Collegian below.
The UMass men's soccer team welcome Hartford to Rudd Field today at 3;30 p.m. for the first home contest of the 2013 season. The Hawks will prove to be a formidable foe as they come in ranked eighth in the NSCAA Northeast Region and sport s 2-0-1 record.
Gametime temperatures are forecasted to be in the low 90s and clear, so fans are reminded to drink plenty of water, use sunscreen and wear a hat or sunglasses.
Live streaming video and Gametracker stats are available using the links below and WKSS Radio will be on site with a live remote. The station will offer drawstring bags, sunglasses, cds, dvds, water bottles, usb/wall adapters, screen wipes and more.
Despite having to go through a second round of chemotherapy relating to the sinus cancer that arrived initially last summer, UMass men's soccer coach Sam Koch has continued to battle through and put a premium on family life and relationships. Koch spent an afternoon with Daily Hampshire Gazette writer Matt Vautour (@GazetteUMass) last week as the two discussed the past year and what lies ahead.
Sam Koch's legs hurt and he couldn't have been much happier about it.
After spending the majority of the last 13 months in varying states of discomfort battling sinus cancer, the fact that the origin of his soreness is the natural result of a 58-year-old returning to running is reason to embrace the pain.
"I went for a run yesterday. My legs are sore today, which is the best feeling ever," the longtime University of Massachusetts men's soccer coach said Monday, sitting in his Boyden office.
This weekend UMass will play host to St. Bonaventure (Friday at 2:30 pm) and Duquesne (Sunday at 1 pm) at Rudd Field. The Minutemen are currently in a five-way log-jam for ninth place in the 16-team Atlantic 10 standings. Three teams are a mere one point ahead in a tie for fifth. The top eight teams after the end of next weekend's regular-season will advance to the A-10 Championship in Charlotte.
Dan Malone from the Daily Collegian has a story on the emergence and importance of sophomore Matt Keys and Josh Schwartz.
While it may not be obvious to the majority of fans, it should really come as no surprise that Matt Keys and Josh Schwartz have played with such successful coherence for the Massachusetts men's soccer team this season.
To the outside observer, there might not be a more mismatched pair of players on the team. Keys, at 6-foot-4 inches tall, is a physically-imposing presence, while the 5-foot-6-inch Schwartz, is anything but. UMass assistant coach Devin O'Neill knows there's more to this talented sophomore duo than meets the eye, however.
Taylor Snow of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the weekend's play that saw the men's soccer team split on the road with No. 18/25 Charlotte and George Washington. UMass dropped a 4-0 decision to the 49ers, who are also 12th in the most recent NCAA RPI, before rebounding for a 3-0 triumph over the Colonials on their Senior Day.
Speaking of Senior Day, UMass will celebrate its four seniors this weekend with a Friday contest against St. Bonaventure at 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday versus Duquesne at 1 p.m.
Dan Malone of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a preview of this weekend's men's soccer road contests, at No. 12 Charlotte Friday night and George Washington on Sunday afternoon.
With six games remaining, the Minutemen are tied for 11th place in the 16-team league. The top eight teams with the highest point totals in conference play will qualify for the postseason tournament, held Nov. 8-11 in Charlotte.
The UMass men's soccer team split a pair of contests over the weekend and now stand at 4-6-2 overall and 1-2 in Atlantic 10 play. The three points with six games remaining in the schedule place the Minutemen tied for 11th place in the 16-team league. The top eight teams with the highest point totals in conference games will qualify for the postseason tournament, held Nov. 8-11 in Charlotte.
Here is a recap of both contests from Dan Malone of the Daily Collegian.
With a sizable break in the schedule before Atlantic 10 play begins next weekend at Rhode Island, the UMass men's soccer team will head to the Great White North to take on the University of Montreal in an exhibition game Sunday afternoon.
Daily Collegian writer Patrick Strohecker spoke with first-year assistant coach Devin O'Neill about the trip, including playing time during the game and evaluating the season to this point.
The website Soccer Banter recently conducted a Q&A with head men's soccer coach Sam Koch about his 30 years of coaching soccer and his current battle with sinus cancer.
Sometimes fate helps you meet great people. Sam Koch, the University of Massachusetts Head Men's Soccer Coach, is one of those great people that I've been fortunate to meet. Though I am finally officially interviewing him, it seems like over the past two years I have been interviewing him on a daily basis: whether it's in his office, or over lunch, or when we are really lucky with a pint in our hand. Sam can tell a story unlike many others, and he has plenty of stories to tell (sometimes you're real lucky and hear them for a 2nd or 3rd time). He has been coaching college soccer for over 30 years, serving as the head coach at Stanford for six years, and currently in his 22nd year at UMass. In August, Koch was diagnosed with sinus cancer. Not surprisingly, he's approaching this battle head on, and with the same resilient attitude he brings to work everyday.
The men's soccer team suffered its first home loss on Tuesday, 2-0 at the hands of a very good Syracuse team. The Minutemen had four shots in the contest, including a close-in header by Matt Keys that went just high of the crossbar late in the second half.
The Minutemen will play an exhibition game at Montreal on Sunday before opening Atlantic 10 play next weekend at Rhode Island.
Tuesday looks to be a big day at Rudd Field as the UMass men's soccer team (3-3-2) welcomes Syracuse (7-2) to Amherst for a 3:30 p.m. match. The game will mark the final regular-season game before Atlantic 10 play begins in 11 days at Rhode Island. Patrick Strohecker of the Daily Collegian offers up the following preview of the first-ever men's soccer meeting between the two schools.
The UMass Men's Soccer team improved to 3-3-2 overall and 3-0-1 at home with a 2-0 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday. They will be back in action on Tuesday when they play Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. at Rudd Field. This will be the first-ever meeting with the Orange.
Until then, you can check out a recap from the Daily Collegian, a photo gallery from Mass Live and the postgame interview from the weekend.
Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican has an in-depth article with longtime UMass men's soccer coach Sam Koch and his ongoing battle with sinus cancer, which has included daily trips to Boston for treatments.
The UMass men's soccer team travels west to New York to face Siena (2-4) this afternoon in its final contest of a four-game road stretch. The Minutemen
are 2-2-2 on the season and 0-2-1 on the trip this far, with both losses by one
The men's soccer team will open a four-game road trip on Saturday when it travels to New York to face Adelphi at 1:00 p.m. Daily Collegian writer Nick Canelas has a preview of the contest, while also writing on what has worked and what is a work-in-progress for the Minutemen during their 2-0-1 start.
It appears as if the Massachusetts men's
soccer team has enjoyed the friendly confines of Rudd Field so far this season.
Through three games, the Minutemen (2-0-1) have not only gone undefeated, but
they've already matched last year's win total at home and are halfway to last
season's overall mark. Much of UMass' early success can also be credited to senior goalkeeper
Brian Frame, who came into the season with two games of collegiate experience
under his belt after spending his first three years backing up Chris Piekos and
most recently Shane Curran-Hays.
By Brian Henry on August 28, 2012 8:25 AM
The UMass men's soccer team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 1-0 win over Vermont on Monday. That's back-to-back shutouts for head coach Sam Koch's boys so far, with a doubleheader at Rudd Field against Harvard on Friday. The women get things started at 1:30 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Check out some recaps, photo galleries and post-game interviews below.
Chris Roswess will join the Western Mass Pioneers for a third season as announced by the club on Monday. A native of West Springfield, Mass., Roswess was a senior for the Minutemen in the fall and played in 73 games during his career.
The UMass men's soccer team fell at Duquesne 4-0 on Friday before bouncing back to force a 0-0 double-overtime draw at St. Bonaventure on Sunday to stay in the hunt in the Atlantic 10 Tournament race as the season winds down to its final two weeks.
Jackson Alexander of the Daily Collegian has a recap of the men's soccer team's strong weekend at Fordham and La Salle over the weekend which kept them among the league's top six teams after the second week of A-10 play.
Stephen Hewitt looks at the beginning of the Atlantic 10 schedule for the UMass men's soccer team this Friday and Sunday. The Minutemen will host No. 14 Charlotte at Rudd Field on Friday afternoon and Saint Louis on Sunday.
It was a wild one on Saturday at Rudd Field as the UMass men's soccer team defeated No. 19 Bradley thanks to a late game-winning goal from sophomore Brett Canepa. The match was the non-conference finale for the Minutemen who will open Atlantic 10 play this weekend against Charlotte and Saint Louis at Rudd Field on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The UMass men's soccer team will head to Harvard tonight for a 7 PM kick-off before returning home on Sunday to host Boston University at Rudd Field. The Daily Collegian has a pair of stories to preview the weekend.
After Friday afternoon's thrilling 1-0 double overtime win against New Hampshire in the Vermont Windjammer Classic, the UMass men's soccer team suffered a tough loss on Sunday afternoon in the tournament finale to host Vermont, 1-0. The Catamounts converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute to break the deadlock.
Massachusetts men's soccer coach Sam Koch doesn't like to predict.
He doesn't like to gaze too far ahead into the future and would rather focus on what he can control now. But if he had to guess who the team's offense would revolve around and who the Minutemen's leading goal producer would be by season's end, he would be hard pressed not to choose his senior captain and star striker, Bryant Craft.
The UMass soccer team heads to Delaware today to face the Blue Hens in the season-opener for both teams. Kick-off is slated for 1 PM and Live Stats are available. Click here for the 2011 Quick Facts on the UMass soccer team.
This will be just the second meeting all-time between the two programs on the pitch. UMass won the game against the Blue Hens back in 1989.
"It's the 20th year at the University of Massachusetts for men's soccer coach Sam Koch, and most of the changes have been off the field.
"I wasn't married then, I didn't have kids and my hair is a lot grayer now," said Koch, who has four children. "But as far as soccer goes, I'm old school. We had blue collar kids then and we have blue collar kids now."
And it's almost been forgotten that Koch was the head coach at Stanford for six years before taking the top spot at UMass. Overall, he has recorded 262 wins against 192 losses and 51 ties. At UMass, he's 204-139-56, including a trip to the NCAA Division I semifinals in 2007, so here's a guy that has some perspective on the game.
The UMass men's soccer team came away with a 1-0 exhibition match win at Providence this afternoon thanks to a goal from freshman Josh Schwartz that was assisted by Hellah Sidibe. Brian Frame and Shane Curran-Hays each played a half in goal for the win.
UMass All-Access caught up with team captains Bryant Craft and David Key on Thursday to speak about the upcoming season.
Happy belated birthday to Joey Sbordon of men's swimming & diving who celebrated his birthday on July 15. Happy belated birthdays to football's Antoine Tharpe, and Tyler Major, Molly Papish of women's swimming & diving, Patrick Holmes of men's soccer, who all celebrated their birthday on July 16.
UMass soccer alum Jonathan Gruber was inducted into the Norwich Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend. Gruber was a goalkeeper for UMass from 1989-91 earning Atlantic 10 All-Conference and All-New England honors.
He was an NFA soccer team captain, and earned all-conference and all-area honors in the sport in addition to shining in basketball and baseball. He was first-team All-Atlantic Conference and first-team All-New England for UMass soccer.
Wednesday night's Premier Development League match between the Western Mass. Pioneers and the Vermont Voltage was suspended because of lightning and will be made up at a date and time to be determined.
The game was stopped in the 27th minute, the game scoreless at the time. Team officials and the referee decided the field was playable after the first couple of heavy downpours, but the game started 30 minutes late.
It was quickly stopped in the 27th minute when flashes of lightning came a little too close for comfort.
As for the U.S. Open Cup, which the Pioneers qualified for when they defeated MPS Portland 1-0 Friday, Western Mass. has been matched up against FC New York of the United Soccer Leagues Pro League.
The game will be played at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., June 14.
The Western Mass Pioneers will host the Vermont Voltage tonight at Lusitano Stadium. The Pioneers are coming off a win at Portland, 1-0, thanks to a Chris Roswess goal. The win gave the PDL squad a berth in the U.S. Open Cup.
Along with Roswess, UMass standouts Bryant Craft, Andrew Henshaw and Tyler Cleverdon are members of the Pioneers this summer.
LUDLOW - West Springfield's Chris Roswess scored in the 71st minute and
the Western Mass. Pioneers earned a 1-0 win over the Portland Phoenix
Friday night to claim one of the nine U.S. Open Cup berths from the
Premier Development League.
Roswess, who plays at the University of Massachusetts, came on in the
second half and provided the Pioneers a spark in the offensive third.
After scoring he then gave the Lusitano Stadium faithful a show with an
acrobatic flip in celebration.
"I just got a ball into my feet from Tommy (McNamara) and turned,''
Roswess said. "I didn't even look at the net really, just struck it and
it went bottom corner.''
Happy birthday on May 26 to Shane Curran-Hays of the men's soccer team. Shane is currently in Philadelphia representing UMass at the Atlantic 10 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meetings which finish up today.
The Pioneers feature UMass products Bryant Craft, Tyler Cleverdon, Andrew Henshaw and Chris Roswess.
The game will not have an impact on the Premier Development League standings, but a win would make them 3-0 in Open Cup qualifying setting up Friday's match against Portland to determine which team advance to the U.S. Open Cup.
Jeff Thomas of the Springfield Republican previews the start of the Premier Development League and the Western Mass Pioneers. UMass men's soccer standouts Andrew Henshaw and Chris Roswess will both play for the PDL team this season.
Freshman Robbie Bergquist of the men's soccer team is featured on the main University web site for the work he and his sister have done by creating Cell Phones For Soldiers.
Six years ago Robbie Bergquist '14 and his sister, Brittany, created an initiative that has worked wonders in keeping warriors in combat zones in touch with their families back home. Cell Phones for Soldiers, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has thus far raised some $8 million in donations and distributed more than 1.5 million prepaid calling cards to American soldiers serving overseas.
The men's soccer team heads to Charlotte tonight and then Saint Louis on Sunday afternoon to finish the regular-season schedule. A trip to the A-10 Tournament is on the line as the Minutemen need at least one win to secure a spot in the field of six. UMass currently ranks third in the league, while Charlotte is No. 1. The Daily Collegian has a complete preview of the weekend.
Tough weekend for the UMass men's soccer team as they fell to Fordham 1-0 on Friday and forced a 1-1 draw against La Salle on Sunday. The Minutemen, however, are still in the top six of the A-10 standings and remain a viable threat for both a spot in the tournament and a No. 1 seed with a huge weekend against No. 1 Charlotte and Saint Louis upcoming.
With two weeks left in the Atlantic 10 Men's Soccer season, things are starting to heat up. The Minutemen, currently in 2nd place, host Fordham who is log-jammed in a six-way tie for fourth today at Rudd Field (2:30 PM). La Salle, who is also tied with Fordham, visits Rudd Field on Sunday (1 PM) which will be Senior Day for the Minutemen.
DeVivo hasn't had much playing time with the Minutemen this season, so one must wonder if this recent string of success will have any impact on him playing more often.
"It's tough, we've got to come out and practice everyday and that's how we base our playing time," DeVivo said. "I just come in and do my role. Coach talks about playing your role and if everyone does that, we'll be successful. So I'm just going come in and do what I have to do when I come in and see how it plays out."
Adam Miller of the Daily Collegian has a nice column on the veteran leadership provided to the men's soccer team by goalkeeper Chris Piekos.
Goalkeeper Chris Piekos is not your average senior. You only need to look at his age - 26 years old - to figure that out.
To put that in perspective, when the keeper graduated high school, midfielder Stuart Amick - also a senior - just graduated junior high.
While he is significantly older than any of his teammates, Piekos isn't playing for the Massachusetts men's soccer team at his age because of academic problems, but because of his willingness to serve for his country.
After his freshman year at Rivier College, Piekos served two deployments over four years in Iraq and received a Bronze Star. Needless to say, his background is a little off the beaten trail for a soccer player.
Keeper Chris Piekos now ranks 8th nationally in save percentage (.870), 9th in saves per game (5.58) and 26th in goals-against average (0.739).
With 6 assists, Ben Arikian ranks 29th in total assists and 36th in assists per game.
In the Atlantic 10 (Conference-Only Stats Leaders), UMass leads the league in goals allowed (1), goals-against-average (0.19), and shutouts (4) in five games played. Piekos leads the league in GAA, Shutouts and save percentage (.962).
The men's soccer team continues its march to the Atlantic 10 Tournament this weekend with a pair of games down in Philly starting today at Temple (2:30 PM). The Minutemen will then face Saint Joseph's on Sunday at 1 PM.
With the 1-0 win at Rhode Island on Saturday night, UMass remains unbeaten in the Atlantic 10 (2-0-1) and sits in third place in the league standings. UMass is two points out of second (Xavier) and and five out of first (unbeaten Charlotte) - both teams have played one more game than the Minutemen.
The Daily Collegian's Steve Levine recapped the Atlantic 10 opener for the UMass Men's Soccer team last weekend. The Minutemen shutout Xavier 2-0, which saw Morgan Brandso net his first collegiate goal last Friday before battling to a 1-1 draw with Dayton on Sunday.
Herb Scribner has a sidebar in Tuesday's Collegian regarding corner kicks last weekend. "Thus far in the 2010 campaign, the Minutemen have given up 59 corner kicks, with 15 of them coming in the first two A-10 matches alone."
After falling behind 2-0, Bryant Craft and Stuart Amick each tallied 2nd half goals and the UMass men's soccer defense settled in forcing a 2-2 draw with Siena to wrap up the non-conference portion of the schedule. Here are the recaps from the game:
Despite some early fireworks with first half goals for each side, the UMass men's soccer team fought Dartmouth to a 1-1 double-overtime draw on Wednesday afternoon. It was the fifth double overtime match of the year for the Minutemen. Keeper Chris Piekos was the Man of the Match with a career-high 12 saves to keep the Big Green at bay as the ripped off 22 shots on the day.
The men's soccer team will host Dartmouth this afternoon (3 PM) at Rudd Field in the second-to-last non-conference match of the season. Steve Levine of the Daily Collegian previews the match and the Big Green's top-two scoring threats.
Despite scoring some timely goals and having several multi-goal games, the Minutemen haven't finished a lot of prime scoring chances. Herb Scribner of the Daily Collegian looks at the UMass offensive production and what UMass can do to put a few more goals in the back of the net.
Be sure to support the Minutemen at Rudd Field this afternoon. Admission is free to all!
It was a tough loss on Saturday for the UMass men's soccer team as the Minutemen fell to New Hampshire 1-0 in double overtime at Rudd Field. Jon Harris scored the Golden Goal in the 109th minute of play. UMass continues its eight-game home stand this Wednesday against Dartmouth (3 PM) and on Saturday against Siena (1 PM). Both games will be televised live on CBS3 Now (Comcast Digital Channel 293).