ON CARROLL: Moved to short-stick defensive midfield as a senior ... will be expected to take many face-offs this season ... has done a great job at becoming quicker in getting to the ball, getting off the line and getting out of his crouch with a short stick ... will be depended upon along with freshman Bobby Hayes at the "X" ... has a been a contributor as a long-stick defensman in his first three seasons at UMass, playing mostly on man-down ... a tenacious, strong checker... a blue-collar type of player.
AS A SENIOR IN 2007: Man-down defender played in seven of 14 games as a senior.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2006: A man-down defender who played in all 18 games ... helped key UMass' man-down defense which allowed just 17 goals and less than 30 percent on the season.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2005: Appeared in five games for the Minutemen... had season-ending back surgery ... went 1-3 on face-offs and picked up a groundball against Penn State (4/2).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2004: Saw action in eight games as a face-off specialist... won 3-of-5 faceoffs in his first collegiate season (60.0 percent)... scooped up one groundball in a loss to Syracuse (5/1)... won his only face-off against Manhattan (4/9)... won his only face-off in a victory over Hartford (3/2)... won 1-of-2 face-offs in his first collegiate game vs. North Carolina (2/28).
BEFORE UMASS: A four-year letterwinner for coach Ralph Rossi at Ridgefield High School... was a team captain during his final two years at Ridgefield... earned several awards during his senior year, including first team All-America, All-State and All-Area... was a second team All-State selection during his junior year... team was crowned Division II state champions, and was named to the Connecticut Super Junior Select Team and the Senior All-Star Team, in which he earned game MVP honors... scored seven points on three goals and four assists and scooped up 51 groundballs as a senior... was a three-year letterwinner in football at outside linebacker and was a team captain during his senior year.
PERSONAL: Matthew Charles Carroll... son of Edward and Karen Carroll... brother of Mitchell (15) and Kelly (24) ... born May 7, 1984 in Danbury, Conn. ... majoring in Building Materials and Wood Technology.
CAREER STATISTICS Year GP/GS G A Pts. F-O Pct GB Pen 2004 8/0 0 0 0 3-5 .600 1 1/1:30 2005 5/0 0 0 0 2-6 .333 2 0/0:00 2006 18/0 0 0 0 0-0 .000 1 1/1:00 2007 7/0 0 0 0 0-0 .000 0 0/0:00 Totals 33/0 0 0 0 5-11 .454 3 2/2:30
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