ON CONNOLLY: A guy that can score with the best of them ... As Coach Cannella said, "We are looking for him to score in the 20s and 30s; hopefully he can come back and do that"... Mentally and physically tough on the field, which are probably his greatest attributes ... Has tremendous experience starting every game as a freshman and sophomore, scoring perhaps the biggest goal in UMass history to send the Minutemen to the NCAA Semifinals for the first time, at Hofstra in the Quarterfinals ... A lefty, who can feed the ball and can finish ... A fearless, slashing type of player ... Continues a family tradition at UMass as he is the third Connolly to wear the Maroon & White, following his father Steve, who was a captain of the undefeated 1969 UMass team, and older brother Ryan, who graduated in 2005 ... Switched to No. 21 as a senior.
AS A SENIOR IN 2009:
AS A JUNIOR IN 2008: Sat out the season.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2007: Named First Team All-ECAC ... Named to All-New England First Team ... Face-Off Magazine Preseason Hon. Mention All-American ... Starting attackman is a gifted scorer and creator, who surpassed his goal total of last year (22) with 29 in 2007 ... Named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week three times, on March 12, April 16 and April 30 ... Led team lead in points (37), goals (29) and game-winning goals (4) in 2007 ... Ranked tied for second in ECAC in goals (29) and tied for seventh in total points (37). Tied for first in GW goals ... Had a point in 13 of 14 games in 2007 and 25 of 32 games in his career at UMass ... Five hat tricks in 2007 including four in last six games ... 20 points, 17 goals in last six games. (3.3 ppg/2.8 gpg) ... 10 multi-point games in 2007 and 17 in career. Seven multi-goal games in 2007, 13 career multi-goal games ... Netted two second-half goals and added an assist in finale at Rutgers (5/5) ... Second hat trick in a row including game-winner to beat #12 Syracuse (4/28). Scored go-ahead goal as well ... Netted three goals including game-winner at Fairfield (4/24) ... Scored game's first goal against #6 Georgetown (4/21) on only shot of the afternoon ... Named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week on April 16 ... Tied career-high in goals with five at Hobart (4/14). That included an amazing over the head goal while sitting on the field facing opposite the goal which gave UMass the lead for good at 5-4 to open the second quarter ... Named to ECAC Honor Roll on April 8 after St. John's game ... Tied career-high with five points against St. John's (4/7), Had a natural hat trick with three goals in the span of 3:42 in the third quarter including go-ahead, game-tying and game-winning goal ... Had one goal in each of three games from Mar. 20-31 ... Scored to tie game at 4-4 vs. Penn State (3/31) in OT win ... Scored the final goal at #11 Loyola (3/24), added an assist ... Tallied a goal and two assists against Sacred Heart (3/20). His goal as the game-winner coming with 1.3 seconds left in the first half as UMass shutout SHU in the second half ... Scored the eighth and ninth goals as UMass rallied from a 7-0 deficit to tie #2 Albany (3/13), 9-9 in the fourth quarter before losing in overtime, 10-9. Also had an assist ... Tied career high with five goals including four in the first half at Harvard (3/10) ... Had a goal against Yale (3/3) ... Tallied a goal and assist at Hofstra (2/24).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2006: Tied for third on team in scoring with 25 points, second in goals with 22 in 18 starts on attack in his first season ... Scored nine of his 22 goals in the NCAA Tournament including a career-game with five against Hofstra in NCAA Quarterfinal ... Had points in 12 of 18 games as a freshman ... Netted a goal against Virginia (5/29) in NCAA Final ... Scored twice in NCAA Semifinal win over Maryland (5/27), giving him seven goals in two-game span ... Netted career-high five goals in NCAA Quarterfinal win over Hofstra (5/20), including game-winning goal with 1:53 left in overtime ... Five goals was most by a UMass player in a game that season, had two goals in UMass' 6-0 run to end the game leading UMass to its first-ever NCAA Semifinal ... Scored on a wraparound at Cornell (5/13) in NCAA First Round ... Broke two-game scoreless streak, scoring with 15 seconds left at Syracuse (4/29) ... Scored a goal for fourth game in a row vs. Hobart (4/15) ... Piled up career-high points on two goals and two assists at St. John's (4/8) -- all four points in first half ... Tallied two goals at Penn State (4/1) ... Netted two goals including an individual effort where he stole a pass from the goalie, then beat him for goal vs. Loyola (3/25) ... Named ECAC Rookie of the Week on March 20 after Brown (3/18) game which he tallied his first-career hat trick ... First-career multi-point game with a goal and two assists at Yale (3/4) ... Scored first career goal against Hofstra (2/26) in debut.
BEFORE UMASS: Played for his father at North Andover High School ... Re-wrote the Massachusetts state high school lacrosse record book ... Only the second player in high school lacrosse history with more than 500 career points (Casey Powell had 553 at Carthage H.S. in New York) ... The state's all-time leading scorer with 523 career points on 324 goals and 199 assists ... Set the career scoring mark as a junior and added 86 goals and 49 assists for 135 points as a senior ... Massachusetts State Player of the Year as a senior ... Named an All-American as a junior and senior ... Was selected MVP of the Cape Ann League in 2004 and 2005 ... As a junior, led Eastern Massachusetts in scoring and carried North Andover to the first of two CAL titles ... 383 points through his junior season ... As a freshman, notched 71 goals and 42 assists ... Hiked that to 83 goals and 56 assists for an Eastern Mass.-leading 139 points as a sophomore and had 80 goals and 51 assists as a junior in leading North Andover to a 15-5 mark in 2003 ... Was also the Knights' starting point guard for four years, earning Cape Ann League All-Star honors.
PERSONAL: James Patrick Connolly ... Son of Linda and Stephen Connolly ... Born March 18, 1986 in Winchester, Mass. ... Dad was a team captain on UMass' only undefeated team (10-0) in 1969 ... Brother of Ryan (26), who played four years of lacrosse at UMass (2002-05) and went on to coach at Amherst College ... Majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management.
Career Statistics Year GP/GS G A Pts. Shots EMG GWG GB Pen 2006 18/18 22 4 26 68 0 1 24 2/1:30 2007 14/14 29 8 37 87 3 4 26 3/2:00 2009 15/15 39 5 44 114 4 3 20 3/3:00 Totals 47/47 90 17 107 269 7 8 70 8/6:30