ON WALKOWIAK: Energetic, in-state guy from Salem, Mass. ... Transferred from Queens College in North Carolina ... After playing goalie for two seasons, moved to defensive midfield as a junior.
PRONOUNCED: MILE Wal-koh-wee-ak
AS A SENIOR IN 2011:
Playing short-stick defensive midfield for the second year in a row. Moved to defensive midfield in 2010 after serving as back-up goalie to All-American Doc Schneider in 2009.
Played in 11 games on the defensive midfield and man-down unit, scooping eight groundballs.
Returned to action vs. #8 Hofstra (4/23).
Missed two games with mono (4/9 and 4/16).
Tallied second-career goal on a man-down tally at Providence (3/15). Also had career-high three groundballs.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2010: Moved to defensive midfield in 2010 after serving as back-up goalie to All-American Doc Schneider last season. Played three games, at #20 Towson (5/5), at Drexel (5/1) and vs. Providence. Scored first-career goal in 2010 season debut in win over Providence (3/16). It was first time on field as a field player.
AS A SOPHOMORE in 2009: Transfer goalie from Division II Queens Univ. in N.Carolina. Owns a 27.78 GAA and 41.2 save percentage in six games. Played 1:01 in NCAA First Round at #4 Princeton (5/10). Saw action for final 5:30 vs. St. John's (4/4), made a save. Played final 5:45 vs. Yale (2/28), stopping two of four shots. Saw first action at UMass in season-opener vs. Sacred Heart (2/14), playing the last 5:21. Stopped only shot he faced.
BEFORE UMASS: Transferred to the Minutemen after playing one year at Division II Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. under coach Jim Fritz ... While with the Royals, he received the Brad Star Award ... Won four letters for the Salem High School Witches under coach Mark Highey.
PERSONAL: Mael Walkowiak (MILE wall-KOW-ee-ak) ... Son of James and Jane Walkowaik ... Brother of Cai (23) and Nia (18) ... Born on Oct. 26, 1988 in Beverly, Mass. ... Majoring in English.