Postgame Quotes: UMass 8, Maryland 5
May 27, 2006
Massachusetts Press Conference
Head Coach Greg Cannella
"Tremendous effort today by both teams, it was probably warmer than both of us have played in in a while but both teams kept fighting.
"Our goalie (Doc Schneider) played well and the defense played well, where guys like Jack Reid and Dan Whipple really played a strong game. Jason Miller, our assistant coach, deserves a lot of credit for putting together a great game plan."
"We played a lot of defense, especially in the second and fourth quarter. I thought the plan on defense was great and we did a great job on some talented players."
"I'm not sure if there was any particular turning point, I think it was just the beginning of the game when our guys came out and played a heck of a game."
"We were on the big stage for the first time, and we knew we needed to be composed and our young guys knew we had to come out with the right mindset."
Senior Defenseman Jack Reid
On not being able to attend graduation tomorrow in Amherst: "We've all put so much into this through our four years that it will be more fitting to be in the Linc than walking across the stage in Amherst for our diploma."
"Maryland put together a bunch of good plays, but we didn't hit the panic button and we weren't going to change our approach. Once the offense put one back in the net, it kept the cushion and our confidence was high."
Freshman Goaltender Doc Schneider
"Coach said midway through the season to be mature and to become a leader, and I had great people to look up to and it just went from there."
Senior attack Sean Morris
On final goal: "We really needed it for momentum at that point. It killed what they had going and got us going back on defense."
Senior Defensive Midfielder Jake Deane
On his goal: "I play defense, but coach always tells us to follow our shot, so I stuck in and just followed my shot and it paid off."
Maryland Press Conference
Head Coach Dave Cottle:
"I'd like to give congratulations to Massachusetts, they played a clean, hard and tough game. They came out and played outstanding."
"We scored five goals in the semifinal game, and you're not going to win scoring five goals in the semifinals."
"We just didn't get it done on the offensive side of the field, and that stopped us from ever getting settled as a team."
"We hit some pipes and we were unlucky some, but we just needed someone to step up and help us finish the plays.
"Quite honestly I thought they (UMass D) were getting tired, but we just never made a play on the offensive end when we needed to get close and we couldn't put enough pressure on them for that to matter."
"In the first half, we had 18 shots and only seven on goal. Where we shot from wasn't a problem, but the ball didn't seem to go where we wanted it to go."
Junior Goaltender Harry Alford
"I felt bad for our seniors, they got us to this point by working their butts off for four years and that's what makes it hard on all of us."