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21   Jim Connolly
Jim Connolly


North Andover, Mass.

High School:
North Andover

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 175



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    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:
    • Played in 2009 North-South All-Star Game.
    • NEILA Scholar-Athlete Team.
    • Starting All-American candidate senior attackman in final season at UMass.
    • Named Inside Lacrosse No. 2 Mr. Clutch in 2009.
    • 100th career point with second goal vs. Syracuse (4/25).
    • Led ECAC in goals per game and ranked ninth in the NCAA in goals per game (2.60).
    • Third in the ECAC in points per game (2.93) and 42nd in NCAA in points per game.
    • Through 15 games, led the team with 44 points (39 goals, 5 assists). Also led with 114 shots (34.2 percent).
    • Only UMass player to score a goal in every game on the season and had at least two goals in 13 of 15 games.
    • Points in 24 games in a row played in, dating to 2007.
    • Multiple points in 14 of 15 games on the season.
    • Six hat tricks on the season, 13 in his career.
    • Two-time UMass Athlete of Week (Mar. 2 and 30).
    • Stands 15th in career goals at UMass with 90.
    • Tallied four goals in NCAA First Round at #4 Princeton (5/10).
    • Netted three goals, all in sensational-fashion in ECAC-Championship clinching win at Rutgers (5/2).
    •Pair of goals including 100th career point vs. #3 Syracuse (4/25).
    • Scored two goals and handed out assist at Fairfield (4/21).
    • Netted two goals vs. Georgetown (4/18) in rally to 6-6 tie.
    • Scored game-winning overtime goal 23 seconds into 7-6 win at Hobart (4/11). Eighth career GW goal.
    • Notched second hat trick in row vs. St. John's (4/4), added an assist for four-point game.
    • UMass/Dinn Brothers Athlete Of Week on March 30.
    • Game-winning goal with 55.2 seconds left in regulation of 9-8 win over Penn State (3/28). Goal gave him 10th career hat trick and third of the season.
    • Scored two goals in back-to-back games at #12 Loyola (3/21) and vs. #18 Brown (3/14).
    • Netted ninth career hat trick and second of season with three goals at Albany (3/10). Also had 13 shots (8 on goal), his second game this season with 10+ shots.
    • Had a game-high three points (2g, 1a) in win at #11 Harvard (3/7).
    • Scored a career-high seven goals vs. Yale (2/28). The mark was one short of the school record and most by any UMass player since 2003. The performance earned him LaxNews College Beat Player of the Week and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week. Was also named UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week.
    • Recorded a goal and assist at Hofstra (2/21).
    • Scored two goals and added an assist in season opening win vs. Sacred Heart (2/14). Also had three groundballs and 16 shots in first game since 2007 season.

    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

    Career Highs
    Goals: 7 vs. Yale (2/28/09)
    Assists: 2 (4 times); Last vs. St. John's (4/7/07)
    Points: 7 vs. Yale (2/28/09)
    Multi-Goal Games: 26; Multi-Point Games: 31, Hat Tricks: 13
    Point Scoring Streak: 24 games (3/20/07 - 5/10/09)

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