Women's Ski Team, Gabe Winer Named Co-Dinn Brothers/UMass Athletes Of The Week
March 12, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. -- The entire Massachusetts women's ski team and freshman hockey goalie Gabe Winer (Stoughton, Mass.) were named co-Dinn Brothers/UMass Athletes of the Week, as announced by the UMass Sports Luncheon Committee this afternoon.
The women's ski team won the USCSA National Championship, held March 3-8, in Truckee, Calif. The squad finished first in the giant slalom event and third in the slalom, giving them the overall win. This concluded the best season ever in the 71-year history of the UMass skiing program.
"I am very proud of this team" said Head Coach Igor Vanovac. "They exceeded all of our expectations and really worked hard all season to get to this point. I am really happy for them all."
"I'm very sad to be leaving the university" said senior Carolyn Lewenberg. "But at the same time I could not leave on any better note than to be part of a national championship team. We have improved so much and we have Igor and Mike (assistant coach Mike Leblanc) to thank for it."
Gabe Winer was a big reason behind the Minutemen's quarterfinal sweep of Maine, to give UMass its first Hockey East semifinal berth ever. In the first game of the series last Thursday, Winer made 23-of-26 saves and allowed only two even-strength goals in leading UMass to its first win in 19 tries in Alfond Arena. On Friday, Winer, despite playing with a flu, was even better, turning away 28-of-30 Maine shots to guide the Minutemen into the semifinals. In the last five games, four of them UMass victories, Winer has stopped 137-of-150 shots (.913 save percentage) and posted a GAA of 2.60. He has set a school record with 17 wins in between the pipes. He ranks third in the country among freshmen in minutes played with 1,704:18 and second nationally among freshmen with 17 victories.
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