Mastalerz & Williams: Co-UMass Athletes Of The Week
Jan. 17, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Redshirt-sophomore guard Chaz Williams of the men's basketball team and freshman Steve Mastalerz of the hockey team have been named Co-UMass Athletes of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday. The duo will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon on Wednesday, which will be held in the Massachusetts Room at the Mullins Center beginning at 10:45 a.m., prior to the women's basketball tip-off vs. Dayton.
Last Friday night in the Mullins Center, Mastalerz made a season-best 35 saves and picked up his first career shutout as he backstopped UMass to a 4-0 victory over #4 Boston College. The win, which improved the squad to 6-0-3 at home this season, was the second straight for the Minutemen over the Eagles and the first ever via shutout.
Mastalerz also logged an assist on the game-winning goal, becoming the first UMass goaltender to notch an assist since Jon Quick vs. Northeastern on Nov. 18, 2006.
Williams led the Minutemen to a pair of wins last week over Charlotte and Saint Joseph's with an average of 20.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per-game. He was 10-for-24 from the floor and a perfect 18-of-18 at the free throw line.
In the 85-75 win over Charlotte, Williams scored 19 points,
had six assists, five rebounds, and two steals. Then in the 71-62 victory vs. Saint Joseph's that moved the Minutemen to 10-0 at home this season, Williams helped UMass erase a 17-point deficit scoring 22 points, adding seven assists, six rebounds, one block and a 10-for-10 effort from the free throw line. His between-the-legs pass to Raphiael Putney for a fast-break dunk was the ESPN Sports Center No. 8 Play Of The Day on Saturday.