The Last Meeting
September 12, 2012
West Hartford, Conn.
Hartford Slips Past UMass, 3-2
Despite scoring a season-high two goals, the Massachusetts men's soccer team was unable to hold on to a halftime lead as they fell to Hartford, 3-2, at Alumni Stadium Wednesday night. UMass (2-2-1) managed six shots and three corner kick opportunities. Matt Keys led the Minutemen with two shots. Hartford (4-3-0) had 18 shots, putting seven on goal.
Massachusetts will play it's first home game of the 2013 season on Wednesday when it plays host to undefeated Hartford. Kickoff at Rudd Field is set for 3:30 p.m. and admission is free.
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The Minutemen return 13 letter winners and six starters, including leading scorer Josh Schwartz. The junior forward led the Minutemen in points (12), goals (5), assists (2) and game-winning goals (2) in addition to being named Academic All-District. Second-leading scorer Matt Keys (3 goals, 1 GWG) will anchor a defense that lost half of its back four to graduation and all of the team's minutes in goal.
The offense showed improvement from the frist weekend to the next, posting a pair of goals against Vermont on Sunday and combining for 15 shots, with seven on goal. Junior F Josh Schwartz scored his first goal of the year in the first half against the Catamounts and sophomore D Mark Morris notched his first career score late in the contest. Schwartz leads the team with eight shots, while Matt Keys and Matt Bolduc have five apiece.
Redshirt freshman GK Nick Ruiz has a 1.17 goals-against average and is collecting seven saves per game.
Hartford enters the game with a 2-0-1 record. They Hawks are coming off a weekend in which they defeated Siena, 1-0, at home and played Villanova to a 1-1 tie on the road. Hartford is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Northeast Region rankings.
The Hawks are led offensively by David Bernhardsson and Javoni Simms, who have combined for two goals and an assist. They each have taken 10 shots, just one behind Anthony Santaga's team-high 11.
In goal, Viltsu Tuumi and David MacKinnon have combined for a .813 save percentage and a 0.93 GAA. Tuumi was an America East all-rookie choice last year when he started every game as a true freshman. MacKinnon has come on in the past two games, being inserted into the lineup at halftime of the Villanova game and playing the entire 90 minutes of the Siena victory. He has stopped all five shots on goal he has seen.
UMass-Hartford Series History
Hartford leads the all-time series 15-7-1 and has not lost to UMass since the Minutemen's College Cup season in 2007 - a span of four games. The Hawks claimed a 3-2 win in West Hartford last season on the strength of three second-half goals. The teams combined for four scores over the final 35 minutes. In the last game in Amherst, Hartford claimed a 1-0 victory with a goal in the 39th minute, eventually outshooting UMass 13-10.
Ruiz Among NCAA Leaders In Saves Per Game
With the first edition of the NCAA statistics released on Monday, redshirt freshman GK Nick Ruiz ranks seventh nationally with 7.0 saves per game. His 28 total saves are second-most, one behind Alex Ivanov of Ohio State. He stopped a career-high nine shots in a double-OT 0-0 tie with Evansville during the season opener.
Injuries Force UMass Youth Into Service
UMass entered the 2013 season with a fair amount of experience from the 2012 squad, but saw three players go down with injuries in the first few weeks of preseason camp, forcing the coaching staff to take a hard look at some of the ten first-year position players on the roster.
As a result, UMass started eight freshmen or sophomores and played 16 of 19 available position players in both games during it's opening weekend. The back row saw a pair of freshman defenders and Ruiz in goal for both games.
Against Vermont this past Sunday, UMass opened the game with a season-high six freshman.
Schwartz Named Preseason All-Atlantic 10
Junior F Josh Schwartz was among 27 players named to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Conference team by College Sports Madness. Schwartz was listed among the four second team forwards and the only UMass player.
The Annapolis, Md. native led the Minutemen with five goals, two assists and three game-winners a year ago. He was also named to the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District team.