The Last Meeting
September 22, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Rudd Field)
UMass Shuts Out Dartmouth, 2-0, In Return To Rudd
Freshman Peter Alvarenga collected his first career points and Massachusetts shutout its third team at home in four games, defeating Dartmouth, 2-0, in its first contest at Rudd Field in 22 days Saturday. UMass (3-3-2) was outshot 18-9 but capitalized on nearly all of its scoring chances.
After playing it's first home game of the season on Wednesday, Massachusetts will head back on the road and make it's first trip of 2013 to the Granite State for a Sunday matinee with Dartmouth. This will be the Big Green's fourth-consecutive home game to open the season. Kickoff at Burnham Field is set for 2 p.m. and admission is $7 for adults and $4 for youth, ages 3-14.
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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.
UMass set new season highs in shots (15) and shots on goal (5) in Wednesday's 1-0 loss to unbeaten Hartford. The Hawks scored the game winner on a turnover in the 71st minute of the game, which was played in a scortching 93-degree, humid day.
Redshirt freshman GK Nick Ruiz has a 1.18 goals-against average and is collecting six saves per game.
Dartmouth enters the game with a 1-0-2 mark and three double-overtime outings. The Big Green tied Holy Cross, 1-1, defeated Boston College, 3-2 and played Lafayette to a scoreless finish on Friday night. All three games have come at home. The win over the Eagles erased a 2-0 deficit, with the game-tying score coming in the 86th minute. The Big Green are averaging 971 fans per game, with two home dates surpassing the 1,000 mark.
Robin Alnas leads Dartmouth with two goals thus far, including the game-winner over BC four minutes into the second overtime session.
Stefan Cleveland and James Hickok have shared time in goal, combining for a 1.26 goals-against aveage, 18 saves and a .857 save pct. Hickok's lone appearance came in the win over BC.
UMass-Dartmouth Series History
Dartmouth leads the all-time series 23-6-4, but the teams have played just four times since 1995. UMass claimed a 2-0 victory at Rudd Field last season as then freshman Peter Alvarenga assisted on the first goal in the 45th minute and headed home an insurance goal in the 62nd minute. Those were his first career points.
The Big Green won the 2011 match-up, 2-1, in Hanover following a 1-1 tie in Amherst in 2010.
UMass' Ruiz & Dartmouth's Cleveland Among NCAA Leaders In Saves Per Game
With the second edition of the NCAA statistics released on Friday, redshirt freshman GK Nick Ruiz ranks 10th nationally with 6.0 saves per game. His 30 total saves are first nationally, one head of 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.
Dartmouth's Stefan Cleveland is tied for seventh with 6.5 stops per game.
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.