Simmons Named ECAC Goaltender Of The Week
Sept. 13, 2006
AMHERST, Mass. - Redshirt sophomore Zack Simmons (Durham, N.H.) has been named the ECAC Goaltender of the Week after helping the Minutemen to two shutout victories last weekend. The Minutemen are currently ranked No. 22 nationally in this week's NSCAA/adidas Top-25 Poll. Earlier this week, Simmons was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week.
Simmons has four shutouts and a scant 0.16 goals against average this season through six games and the Minutemen have given up just one goal.
This is Simmons' first honor as an ECAC Goaltender of the Week. This season, he has been named an A-10 Co-Player of the Week, the UMass Co-Athlete of the Week, and has been named to both the Navy Anders Classic All-Tournament and the UMass/Holy Cross Invitational All-Tournament Teams. At the Navy Anders Classic, he was selected as the Tournament MVP. Last season, he earned A-10 Rookie of the Week honors and was named to the league's all-rookie team.
According to this week's NCAA Statistics Report, he ranks third nationally in both goals against average and save percentage. The Minutemen defensive unit ranks second nationally in team goals against average, shutout percentage, and save percentage. UMass also ranks seventh nationally in won-loss-tie percentage along side Kentucky and West Virginia.
Last week, Simmons helped UMass to a perfect 2-0 record on the week with a 1-0 win over Siena on Friday and a 1-0 overtime win against St. Bonaventure on Sunday. He played all 186 minutes and one second in goal making eight saves (four in each game) while facing 16 shots (8 in each game).
The two shutout wins improve him to 5-0-1 this season and 12-9-3 for his career. He now has five shutouts this season and nine for his career. For the season, he has lowered his goals against average to 0.16 and is posting a .957 save percentage.
Along with the Minuteman defense, UMass has allowed just one goal all season and has not allowed a goal in 388 minutes and 48 seconds going back to the Boston University game on August 27.
UMass will face Hartford this Friday at 2 p.m. to kick-off the UMass Invitational. The Minutemen will then play Vermont on Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is free to all.
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