The Last Meeting
October 6, 2012
UMass Drops A-10 Opener At Rhode Island
The Massachusetts men's soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision at Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 opener for both teams at the URI Soccer Complex Saturday. UMass moves to 3-5-2 on the year while URI is now 2-6-2.
• The Massachusetts men's soccer team returns to Rudd Field Sunday where it will play host to rival Rhode Island at 1 p.m. Admission is free and schedule posters will be available at the entrance gates. A free youth clinic will begin at 10:30 a.m.
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• UMass has been outscored 23-9 on the season. The Minutemen are averaging 10.2 shots per game. Junior forward Josh Schwartz leads the team in nearly every offensive category, including goals, assists, game-winning goals and shots. He leads the team with 23 shots, while Matt Keys (16), Matt Bolduc (12) and Peter Alvarenga (11) are in double figures through 12 contests.
• Redshirt freshman GK Nick Ruiz has a 1.91 goals-against average and is collecting 5.3 saves per game.
About Rhode Island
• Rhode Island comes in the contest with a 2-7 record after losing five of their last six matches. The Rams come have scored seven goals and are averaging 11.4 shots per game. This will be their second Atlantic 10 Conference game and lost their previous contest at VCU 3-1.
• Midfielder Matt Sykes leads the team with five goals, 10 points and 46 shots. The junior ranks fourth in the conference in goals scored. Sophomore GK Thomas Spenser has started all nine games for the Rams and is holding a 2.00 goals-against average and has a .679 save percentage.
Series History With URI
• UMass holds a 20-33-4 record all-time against Rhode Island. The Rams defeated the Minutemen in last year’s meeting, 3-1 in Kingston. UMass’ last win against URI came in 2010 on the road when the Minutemen shutout the Rams 1-0.
Atlantic 10 A Top Conference
• The Atlantic 10 Conference has three teams either ranked or receiving votes in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s Rankings. Dayton is ranked No. 24, while VCU and Saint Louis are each receiving votes. UMass hosts Dayton and Saint Louis the final regular-season weekend of the year, Nov. 8 and 10.
Time To Climb The A-10 Ladder Is Now
• Both UMass and Rhode Island could benefit greatly in the Atlantic 10 standings with a victory and three points today. Both teams are in the bottom three and on the outside looking in, in regards to the A-10 Championship. The top eight schools by point total will qualify for the event. UMass' upcoming four games are against teams with a combined 1-4-3 league mark - URI, at Fordham, GW at home and at St. Bonaventure.
Schwartz Nominated For Academic All-America
• Junior F Josh Schwartz has been nominated for the College Sports Information Director’s of America Academic All-District award. The Annapolis, Md. native was an All-District honoree in 2012 and carries a 3.936 grade point average in biology. He leads the team in points (11), goals (4), assists (3), shots on goal (9) and game-winning goals (1).
• He has not made below an A-minus in college with two-consecutive 4.0 semesters. ‘Schwartzee’ is a 4-time A-10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and 4-time Dean’s List honoree. He was one of 10 recipients of the Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program and is a first author on a paper to be presented at an upcoming Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America (POSNA) conference in Toronto.
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.