On Simmons: In 2007 had a breakout season becoming UMass' first All-American since Jeff Deren in 2002 - became the first UMass keeper to earn the honor since Edward McGrath in 1948 and is just the third UMass keeper to be named an All-American ... owns nearly every UMass goalkeeping record with a chance to break the career goals against average record this year ... will be one of the top returning goalkeepers in the country ... started his UMass career as a true walk-on back-up, but earned a starting role and was named the team's Rookie of the Year in 2005 ... very good in the air ... hard working on the field and in the classroom ... carries nearly a 4.0 GPA with a double major in history and economics.
Redshirt Senior (2008):Game-by-Game Statistics
Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year ... Earned ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American ... Earned NSCAA/adidas Scholar First Team All American ... Named CollegeSoccerNews.com Second Team All-American ... Named Second Team TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Season ... Earned NSCAA/adidas All Mid-Atlantic ... Named ESPN The Magazine Academic All District I First Team ... Earned A-10 All-Conference First Team ... Named A-10 Academic All-Conference ... Earned A-10 All-Tournament Team ... Earned A-10 Defensive Player of the Year ... Named A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year ... Earned UMass/Dinn Bros. Fall Scholar-Athlete ... Named Lowes Senior CLASS Award Nominee ... Started all 21 games this season at keeper ... Finished the season with a record of 10-8-3 overall ... Averaged 0.81 goals against ... Made 84 saves on the season ... Most saves came at Boston University (8/31) with 11 ... Tallied seven shut outs on the season.
Redshirt Junior (2007):Game-by-Game Statistics
Enjoyed his most successful year in goal earning UMBRO National Player of the Year and NSCAA/adidas Third Team All-America honors ... also earned NSCAA/adidas Mid-Atlantic Region First Team, Soccer America MVP First Team, College Cup All-Tournament Team, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District, A-10 Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Atlantic 10 Tournament MVP, Atlantic 10 Tournament Team, Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team, UMass Athlete of the Year, UMass Scholar Athlete of the Year, and UMass Fall Scholar-Athlete accolades ... he set the UMass program records for career shutouts (23), career wins as a goalie (32), single-season wins (17), career saves (302), and season goals against average (0.79) ... his nine shutouts were the second most for a single-season in school history ... led the A-10 in saves (118) and shutouts (9) for the second straight season ... his 23 saves for the A-10 Tournament was also a league record ... ranked 12th nationally in save percentage (.849) and 31st in goals against average (0.79) ... made a season-high 11 saves against Rhode Island (11/16) in the A-10 Tournament Semifinals ... against Dayton (11/15) in the A-10 Tournament opener, he stopped the first Flyer penalty kick following overtime to advance UMass ... in the NCAA Tournament, made 24 saves in five games including six against Ohio State in the Semifinals ... earned national praise for his play against the Buckeyes ... despite playing in seven more games, allowed just two more goals than in 2006.
Redshirt Sophomore (2006):Game-By-Game Stats
Started all 19 games ... named to the NSCAA/adidas All-East Region Scholar Team, the Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention Team, the A-10 Academic All-Conference Squad, the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District I Team, and was named UMass Fall Male Scholar-Athlete, ECAC Keeper of the Week, Navy Anders Classic MVP and to the SoccerTimes.com Team of the Week ... tabbed the Co-UMass/Dinn Bros. Athlete of the Week for the week ending Monday, Sept. 4 ... set the single-season school record for shutouts (10) ... posted a 0.96 goals against average ... had a .826 save percentage making 90 saves ... led the A-10 in shutouts and saves ... was tied for first in goals against average and ranked second in save percentage ... nationally, ranked 16th in save percentage and 26th in saves.
Redshirt Freshman (2005):Game-By-Game Stats
Named to the A-10 All-Rookie Team ... started in all 18 of his games played posting a 1.43 goals against average and a .783 save percentage ... posted a 7-9-2 overall record with four shutouts ... had 94 saves including a season-high 13 vs. George Washington (10/21/05) ... over the final five regular season games, allowed just 0.74 goals against with three shutouts and a 4-0-1 record to help UMass qualify for the six-team A-10 Tournament ... posted his first shutout in 2-0 win over Navy (9/18) making two saves in the game ... kept the UMass A-10 Tournament hopes alive with shutouts at Fordham (11/4) ad at St. Bonaventure (11/6) ... earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Athlete of the Week (11/7) honors after picking up the shutout wins and making 12 total saves ... missed two games due to an ankle injury.
2004 (Freshman): Did not compete, but did play on club team at UMass ... went through walk-on tryouts for the varsity team and made the spring squad.
Before UMass: A 2004 graduate of Oyster River High School who was a First-Team All-New Hampshire selection as a senior after leading the Bobcats to their third consecutive state title ... named to the New Hampshire/Vermont Twin State Classic squad ... as a senior allowed just two goals in 19 games ... honored as the school's Student-Athlete of the Year ... also a member of the basketball team where he was a First-Team All-New Hampshire selection ... placed on the All-State Honorable Mention list as a junior.
Personal: Zachary W. Simmons ... born Oct. 12, 1985 in Portsmouth, N.H. ... son of Jay Simmons and Nancy Winterbottom ... has one brother Isaiah and one sister Martha ... majoring in history and economics ... member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor fraternity.
Season GP Minutes GA GaAvg Saves W L T Sho
2005................ 18 1635:55 26 1.43 94 7 9 2 4.0
2006................ 19 1772:24 19 0.96 90 8 7 3 10.0
2007................ 26 2392:34 21 0.79 118 17 8 1 9.0
2008................ 21 2010:08 18 0.81 84 10 8 3 7.0
TOTAL............... 84 7811:01 84 0.97 386 42 32 9 30.0