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McGuirk Alumni Stadium Facts & Stats




McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Recognized as one of the Northeast's finest I-AA football facilities, Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium has served as the home of Minuteman football since 1965. With a capacity of 17,000 fans, McGuirk Stadium has been a definite home field advantage for UMass over the years, as the Minutemen have posted an impressive 158-72-2 (.685) record and claimed 17 Yankee Conference/Atlantic 10/CAA Conference titles since its opening, including the two most recent in 2006 and 2007.

In 2008, UMass installed permanent lighting, which led to the second all-time single-season average attendance mark of 12,383.The record of 12,811 was set in the NCAA Championship year of 1998.

The Minutemen head into 2008 with a 14-game home winning streak after going 6-0 in 2007.

Playing on the new FieldTurf surface in 2006, UMass set a school record with a perfect 8-0 record at home with a pair of wins at McGuirk Stadium in the NCAA Tournament. The Minutemen beat Lafayette, 35-14 on Nov. 25 in the First Round. Then, playing before the first sell-out since 1973, UMass downed arch-rival New Hampshire, 24-17 on Dec. 2, 2006 in front of 17,000 fans.

Built by the UMass Building Authority at a cost of $1.4 million (and at no cost to the Commonwealth's taxpayers), the structure was designed by the New York firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. On August 27, 1964, the H.P. Madore Company of Southbridge, Mass., began construction on the facility. In May of 1965, the field was blanketed with pure Merion Blue Grass that had been planted by the University's agronomy department four years earlier. The turf was laid on four inches of loam and a 10-inch sand base.

In the summer of 2006 a new FieldTurf surface was laid making the field playable all-year round. Permanent lighting was installed in the summer of 2008.

Alumni Stadium hosted its first game on September 25, 1965, with the Redmen beating American International College, 41-0. The stadium was officially dedicated on October 16, 1965, when UMass defeated Rhode Island 30-7 in a Homecoming contest. On November 3, 1984 -- nearly 20 years after the opening of Alumni Stadium -- the facility was rededicated in honor of Warren McGuirk, the school's athletic director for 23 years, during whose tenure the stadium was built.

The stadium is the site of UMass' graduation ceremonies, and has served as host of the 1987 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship and the Lacrosse North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Top 25 Crowds at McGuirk Alumni Stadium Date Opponent Result Attend 1. Nov. 25, 1972 Boston College W, 28-7 20,000 2. Oct. 22, 1966 Boston University W, 12-7 18,700 3. Sept. 8, 1973 Holy Cross L, 28-30 18,100 Sept. 30, 1967 Dartmouth L, 10-28 18,100 5. Oct. 28, 1972 Connecticut W, 49-16 17,500 Oct. 26, 1968 Connecticut L, 20-27 17,500 7. Nov. 6, 1965 Holy Cross W, 27-0 17,400 8. Nov. 21, 1970 Boston College L, 10-21 17,200 9. Dec. 2, 2006 New Hampshire W, 24-17 17,000 NCAA Quarterfinal 10. Nov. 26, 1974 Connecticut L, 9-10 16,900 11. Sept. 25, 1971 Dartmouth L, 7-31 16,700 Nov. 19, 1966 Boston College L, 7-14 16,700 13. Oct. 2, 2008 Delaware W, 17-7 16,422 14. Sept. 10, 2004 Colgate W, 30-20 16,405 15. Nov. 21, 1998 Connecticut L, 27-28 16,392 16. Oct. 18, 1969 Rhode Island W, 21-9 16,200 17. Oct. 13, 2007 Villanova W, 32-24 (4ot) 16,174 18. Oct. 21, 1967 Rhode Island W, 28-24 16,100 Oct. 16, 1965 Rhode Island W, 30-0 16,100 20. Nov. 6, 1982 Boston College L, 21-34 16,023 21. Oct. 18, 2008 Richmond L, 15-30 15,953 22. Nov. 23, 1974 Boston College L, 8-70 15,900 23. Nov. 20, 1999 Connecticut W, 62-20 15,847 24. Oct. 7, 2006 William & Mary W, 48-7 15,822 25. Oct. 9, 1999 Northeastern W, 77-0 15,747 26. Oct. 21, 2006 Rhode Island W, 41-16 15,522 27. Sept. 24, 2005 Rhode Island W, 14-6 15,314 Bold crowds over last five seasons.

Year-By-Year at McGuirk Year Overall Conf. 1965 4-1 2-0 1966 4-1 3-0 1967 3-1 2-0 1968 1-4 1-2 1969 2-2 2-0 1970 2-2-1 2-0-1 1971 2-2 1-1 1972 5-0 3-0 1973 3-2 2-1 1974 2-3 2-2 1975 6-0 3-0 1976 1-3 0-2 1977 5-1 3-0 1978 4-2 2-0 1979 4-1 3-0 1980 4-2 2-0 1981 4-1 2-1 1982 4-2 2-0 1983 2-2 2-1 1984 3-3 1-1 1985 4-2 3-1 1986 3-2 2-2 1987 2-3 2-1 1988 4-1 3-1 1989 3-1-1 3-1 1990 5-0 4-0 1991 1-4 1-3 1992 4-1 3-1 1993 6-1 3-1 1994 3-3 3-2 1995 3-2 1-2 1996 4-1 3-1 1997 1-5 1-3 1998 5-1 3-1 1999 4-1 4-0 2000 5-2 3-1 2001 3-3 3-2 2002 5-1 3-1 2003 7-0 5-0 2004 3-2 2-2 2005 4-1 3-1 2006 8-0 4-0 2007 9-0 4-0 2008 4-2 2-2 Totals 162-74-2 108-40-1

McGuirk Stadium Records

UMASS TEAM RECORDS Margin of Victory High: 77 vs. Northeastern (77-0, 1999)

Points High: 77 vs. Northeastern (1999)

Points in a Quarter High: 35 vs. Northeastern (2nd, 1999)

Points in a Half High: 49 vs. Northeastern (1st, 1999)

Touchdowns High: 11 vs. Northeastern (1999)

First Downs High: 34 vs. Boston University (1990) Low: 3 vs. New Hampshire (1968)

First Downs Rushing High: 26 vs. Boston University (1977) Low: 0 vs. Richmond (2001)

First Downs Passing High: 20 vs. New Hampshire (2001) Low: 0 vs. Lehigh (1995) 0 vs. Boston College (1978) 0 vs. New Hampshire (1976)

Rushing Attempts High: 83 vs. Connecticut (1981) Low: 20 vs. Richmond (2001)

Rushing Yards High: 515 vs. Lehigh (1995) Low: 9 vs. Richmond (2001)

Touchdown Rushes High: 8 vs. Northeastern (1999)

Pass Attempts High: 63 vs. New Hampshire (2001) Low: 3 vs. Lehigh (1995)

Pass Completions High: 32 vs. Connecticut (1976) Low: 0 vs. Lehigh (1995) 0 vs. Boston College (1978)

Passing Yards High: 448 vs. Bryant (2008) Low: 0 vs. Lehigh (1995) 0 vs. Boston College (1978)

Touchdown Passes High: 5 vs. James Madison (2001) 5 vs. New Haven (2000) 5 vs. Maine (1998) 5 vs. Youngstown State (1977)

Total Offensive Plays High: 101 vs. Boston University (1988) Low: 46 vs. New Hampshire (1968)

Total Offensive Yards High: 649 vs. Fordham (2007) 649 vs. New Hampshire (1988) Low: 45 vs. New Hampshire (1976)

Punts High: 12 vs. New Hampshire (1968)

Punting Yards High: 406 vs. Richmond (1997) 406 vs. Connecticut (1966)

Field Goals Made High: 4 vs. Ball State (1984) 4 vs. Holy Cross (1979)

Field Goals Attempted High: 6 vs. Holy Cross (1979)

Punt Returns High: 8 vs. Northeastern (1999) 8 vs. Boston University (1987)

Punt Return Yards High: 119 vs. Richmond (1991)

Interceptions High: 6 vs. Northeastern (1999) 6 vs. Connecticut (1982)

Interception Return Yards High: 110 vs. Northeastern (1999)

Combined Points High: 89 vs. Maine (55-34) (1998) Low: 3 vs. Villanova (3-0, 1990) 3 vs. Northeastern (3-0, 1984) 3 vs. Cornell (0-3, 1972)

UMASS INDIVIDUAL RECORDS Rushing Attempts 45 Garry Pearson vs. AIC (1982)

Rushing Yards 313 Rene Ingoglia vs. Rhode Island (1994)

Touchdown Rushes 4 Five times, last, Marcel Shipp vs. Northeastern (1999)

Longest Rush 85 Dennis Dent vs. Boston College (1978)

Receptions 11 Tim Berra vs. Holy Cross (1973)

Receiving Yards 198 Rasheed Rancher vs. Fordham (2007)

Touchdown Receptions 4 Adrian Zullo vs. New Hampshire (1999)

Passing Attempts 63 Matt Guice vs. New Hampshire (2001)

Pass Completions 32 Brian McNally vs. Connecticut (1976)

Passing Yards 419 Liam Coen vs. Fordham (2007)

Touchdown Passes 5 Liam Coen vs. Bryant (2008) 5 Matt Guice vs. James Madison (2001) 5 Richard Lucero vs. New Haven (2000) 5 Todd Bankhead vs. Maine (1998) 5 Mike Fallon vs. Youngstown St. (1977)

Longest Pass 89 Liam Coen to Rasheed Rancher vs. Stony Brook (2006)

Total Offensive Attempts 79 Matt Guice vs. New Hampshire (2001)

Total Offensive Yards 419 Liam Coen vs. Fordham (2007)

Points 24 Six times, last, Marcel Shipp vs. N'eastern (1999)

Touchdowns 4 Six times, last, Marcel Shipp vs. N'eastern (1999)

PATs by Kick 7 Chris Koepplin vs. Fordham (2007) 7 Doug White vs. Central Conn. (2002) 7 Jason Cherry vs. Maine (1998)

Field Goals Made 4 George Papoutsidis vs. Ball State (1984)

Longest Field Goal 52 Sandro Vitiello vs. Boston College (1978)

Punts 12 Steve Rogers vs. UNH (1968)

Punting Yards 406 Andrew Maclay vs. Richmond (1997)

Punting Average (minimum 5 punts) 53.0 Christian Koegel vs. Delaware (2004)

Longest Punt 77 Dimitri Yavis vs. BU (1988)

Longest Kickoff Return 102 Dennis Dent, Morgan State (1978)

OPPONENT TEAM RECORDS Margin of Victory High: 62, Boston College (8-70, 1974)

Points High: 70, Boston College (1974)

Points in a Quarter High: 28, Connecticut (3rd, 1997)

Points in a Half High: 42, Boston College (1st, 1974)

Touchdowns High: 10, Boston College (1974)

First Downs High: 33, William & Mary (1993) Low: 4, Northeastern (1990) 4, New Hampshire (1982) 4, Maine (1972)

First Downs Rushing High: 19, Villanova (1961) Low: 0, Northeastern (1999) 0, Boston University (1979) 0, Holy Cross (1975)

First Downs, Passing High: 20, New Hampshire (1999) 20, Lehigh (1984) Low: 0, Northeastern (1990) 0, Northeastern (1988)

Rushing Attempts High: 74, Boston College (1974) Low: 17, Northeastern (1999)

Rushing Yards High: 386, Richmond (2001) Low: -11, Northeastern (1999)

Touchdown Rushes High: 8, Boston College (1974)

Passing Attempts High: 64, Holy Cross (2007) Low: 6, Northeastern (1990)

Pass Completions High: 34, Holy Cross (2007) 34, Hofstra (2002) Low: 1, Northeastern (1990) 1, Northeastern (1988)

Passing Yards High: 446, Holy Cross (1987) Low: 6, Northeastern (1990)

Touchdown Passes High: 5, Hofstra, (2000) 5, Holy Cross (1987)

Total Offensive Plays High: 92, New Hampshire (2003) Low: 44, Northeastern (1994)

Total Offensive Yards High: 643, Maine (1988) Low: 62, New Hampshire (1982)

Punts High: 12, Brian Donnelly (2008)

Punting Yards High: 441, Bryant (2008) 441, AIC (2000)

Field Goals Made High: 3, Villanova (2007) 3, Hofstra (2003) 3, Hofstra (1997) 3, Maine (1996)

Field Goals Attempted High: 4, Villanova (2007)

Punt Returns High: 7, Rhode Island (1997) 7, Rhode Island (1994) 7, Dartmouth (1980)

Punt Return Yards High: 80, Northeastern (1986)

Interceptions High: 5, Hofstra (1997)

Interception Return Yards High: 154, Delaware (1987)

OPPONENT INDIVIDUAL RECORDS Rush Attempts 36 L.J. McKanas, Northeastern (242 yards, 2001)

Rushing Yards 258 Stephan Lewis, UNH (25 att., 2001)

Touchdown Rushes 4 Marcus Williams, Maine (2004)

Longest Rush 94 Thomas Dicker, Boston Univ. (1996)

Pass Receptions 16 Devale Ellis, Hofstra (2004)

Pass Reception Yards 225 Devale Ellis, Hofstra (2004)

Touchdown Receptions 4 Steve Kreider, Lehigh (1977)

Pass Attempts 62 Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross (32 completions, 2007)

Pass Completions 34 Ryan Cosentino, Hofstra (55 att., 2002)

Passing Yards 438 Bob Jean, UNH (27 of 39, 1987)

Touchdown Passes 5 Rocky Butler, Hofstra (2000)

Longest Pass 86 David Corley to Rich Musinski, William & Mary (2000)

Total Offensive Plays 62 Dominic Randolph, Holy Cross (286 yards, 2007)

Total Offensive Yards 428 Jeff Wiley, Holy Cross (41 plays, 1987)

Points 24 Marcus Williams, Maine (2004) 24 Stephan Lewis, New Hampshire (2001) 24 Steve Kreider, Lehigh (1977)

Touchdowns 4 Marcus Williams, Maine (2004) 4 Stephan Lewis, New Hampshire (2001) 4 Steve Kreider, Lehigh (1977)

PATs by Kick 7 Robb Myers, Connecticut (1977)

Field Goals Made 3 Joe Marcoux, Villanova (2007) 3 Chris Onorato, Hofstra (2003) 3 Dave Ettinger, Hofstra (1997) 3 Chris Binder, Maine (1996)

Longest Field Goal 45 Burke George, James Madison (2001) 45 Dave Ettinger, Hofstra (1997) 45 Tony Melink, Holy Cross (1983)

Punts 12 Brian Donnelly, Bryant (2008)

Punting Yards 441 Brian Donnelly, Bryant (2008) 441 Mike Montejano, AIC (2000)

Punting Average (minimum 5 punts) 48.7 Brad Costello, BU (1996)

Longest Punt 78 Jerome Tomlin, BU (1990)

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