Cotto And Dainton Named Athletes Of The Week
Jan. 24, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Hockey senior goaltender Paul Dainton and men's track and field runner Tyler Cotto have been named co-UMass Student Athletes of the Week, as announced by the Athletic Department on Monday. Dainton backstopped the Minutemen to a weekend split at Vermont last weekend, including a 26 save effort in a 6-0 win on Saturday for his second career shutout. Cotto earned his second-straight weekly honor after finishing first in the 60 meter hurdles at the Great Dane Invitational.
Dainton was also named the Pure Hockey Defensive Player of the Week by Hockey East on Monday. The Minuteman captain stopped 52 of 54 shots over the weekend in Burlington, Vt., completing the weekend with a .963 save percentage and 1.01 goals against average. Dainton also helped the UMass penalty killing squad to a 6-for-7 weekend during the two-game set.
Dainton's shutout on Saturday was the Mass Attack's first-ever at Gutterson Fieldhouse and first against the Catamounts since Feb. 17, 2006. He is now 6-7-2 this season with a 2.63 goals against average and .919 save percentage. The Iqaluit, Nunavut native has 2,814 career saves and needs just 236 to tie the UMass program record, held by Brian Regan (3,050).
Tyler Cotto (Holliston, Mass.) led the Minutemen to a tie for ninth last weekend at the Great Dane Invitational after taking first in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.05, qualifying for the IC4A Championships and New England Championships with the victory by .09 seconds. Cotto also finished first in the 55 meter hurdles two weeks ago at the Sparks Sorlein Invitational.
The men's track and field team will be back in action next Saturday for the Reebok Boston Indoor Games while the Mass Attack will play a home-and-home series with Northeastern beginning on Friday at Matthews Arena.