The Last Meeting
September 19, 2012
UMass Falls To Siena, 3-1
The Massachusetts men's soccer team lost at Siena, 3-1, at the Siena Turf Field on Wednesday. UMass moves to 2-3-2 on the season. The Minutemen took six shots on the day. Siena improved to 3-4 and had 25 shots.
The Massachusetts men's soccer team returns to Rudd Field Saturday where it will play host to Siena at 1 p.m. in the final non-conference game of the season. Admission is free and schedule posters will be available at the entrance gates.
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UMass has scored three goals on the year and is averaging 10.1 shots per game. Junior forward Josh Schwartz scored his first goal of the year in the first half at Vermont and sophomore defender Mark Morris notched his first career score late in the contest. Schwartz picked up his second goal of the season in a 2-1 loss at Harvard last weekend. He leads the team with 18 shots, while Matt Keys (11), Peter Alvarenga (10) and Matt Bolduc (10) are in double figures through nine contests.
Redshirt freshman GK Nick Ruiz has a 1.65 goals-against average and is collecting 5.6 saves per game.
Siena comes into the game with a 4-2-0 record after a 2-1 double-vertime win over Capital City rival Albany on Wednesday. The Saints have scored 11 goals on the season and are averaging 12 shots per game.
Senior midfielder James Beeston leads the team with four goals and 11 points overall while David Itoafa, Matt Needham, and Nathan Olukamni have all had a large part in the Siena offense this season.
Siena's primary goaltender has been RS-Junior Adam Myers (4-0), who boasts a .750 save percentage and has only given up 3 goals on the season.
Series History With Siena
UMass leads the series 14-2-3 overall and 8-0-2 in games played in Amherst. The teams have played just about every year since 1997 (no game in either 2002 or 2011). The Minutemen have won seven games by shutout over that time period, the last coming at Siena in 2009 when they won 2-0.
Ruiz Among NCAA Leaders In Saves Per Game
Redshirt freshman GK Nick Ruiz remains tied for 13th nationally with 5.7 saves per game and tied for 2nd with 51 total saves.
Three Upcoming Opponents Ranked In Top 25
A quick check of the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Men's Soccer Rankings shows a number of teams remaining on UMass' schedule are ranked or receiving votes this week.
The Atlantic 10 alone has three schools ranked - VCU at No. 17, Saint Louis at No. 21 and Dayton at No. 19. Evansville (35th) and George Mason (t-40th) are both receiving votes.
Atlantic 10 Play Begins In Two Weeks
Saturday's game with Siena marks the final non-conference game of the season, meaning the gauntlet of the Atlantic 10 Conference starts in two weeks. The Minutemen have drawn one of the tougher slates of games, facing five of the six teams that currently have .500 records or better.
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 on September 8th, 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.