ON LIEBEL: Starting on attack in second year in the program ... Transfer from Hobart College returned home in 2009 ... Can play midfield or attack ... A tremendous goal scorer who has quick hands and a really good feel for the game ... An ex-hockey player as well ... Will run up and down the field ... Expected to carry a larger load as a junior.
AS A SENIOR IN 2011:
Expected to be out for the 2011 season with knee injury. Has been a versatile player, playing both attack & midfield.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2010:
Versatile offensive player, who plays both attack & midfield.
Started first 11 games on attack, then switched to second midfield.
Had 14 goals and five assists for 19 points. Was sixth on team in scoring.
Had goals in 11 of 14 games this season. Had points in 12 of 14 games.
Shot 40 percent, scoring on 14 of 35 shots.
Scored a goal in CAA Semifinal at #20 Towson (5/5).
Third multi-goal game with a pair at #13 Drexel (5/1).
Playing midfield, scored a late key man-up goal and assisted another in huge win over #10 Georgetown (4/24).
Career-high two assists against Towson (4/10).
Goal in fourth straight game at Penn State (4/3), along with an assist for two points.
Scored a goal in win over #6 Hofstra (3/27).
Scored a goal at Brown (3/23/10) and had a groundball.
Scored a goal in win over Providence (3/16).
Netted two fourth-quarter goals in win over Albany (3/9).
Two-point game with goal and assist at Yale (3/5).
Scored against Hartford (2/20) and his brother Ben, a freshman on the Hawks.
First-career goals at UMass with a pair including game-winner at Sacred Heart (2/12) in first UMass start.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2009:
Played in 11 games after sitting first four after NCAA transfer rules, coming to UMass from Hobart.
Assisted a goal in win over Penn State (3/28).
Reserve midfielder transfer saw first UMass action at Albany (3/10). Had a pretty assist setting up a Zach Rodgers second quarter goal.
Played freshman season at Hobart, scoring four goals before returning home. Grew up 30 minutes from UMass.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2008 (AT HOBART): Played freshman season at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y. for coach Matt Kerwick ... Scored four goals and added an assist as a freshman ... Earned second career start and scored a goal against Presbeteryian (3/18) ... Started for the first time on 3/15 at Georgetown ... Recorded a goal and assist in 8-3 win over Saint Joseph's ... Scored two goals in 13-4 win vs. Hartford (3/1).
BEFORE COLLEGE: Attended Avon Old Farms High School where he played for coach Ted Garber ... Was named All-American, All-New England and All-Western Mass. senior year ... Was a two time Team MVP, and was a captain as well ... Played varsity hockey.
PERSONAL: Ryan Thomas Liebel ... son of Donna and Thomas Liebel ... Brother of Ben, who plays lacrosse at Hartford ... Born on September 29, 1987 in Springfield, Mass. ... Major is currently undecided.