Stoyle And Oliveri Awarded Co-Athlete Of The Week Honors
Feb. 19, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - On Tuesday morning the UMass Sports Luncheon Committee decided on Becky Stoyle and Zachary Oliveri as this week's UMass Co-Athletes of the Week in response to their standout performances over the weekend. Stoyle claimed record breaking gold this past weekend at the Atlantic 10 Conference Championships while Oliveri made key saves between the posts when his team needed it in their fourth quarter come-from-behind victory over No. 4 North Carolina.
Just weeks after claiming the UMass record, Stoyle can now say she is an A-10 Champion with the A-10 record in the triple jump. The sophomore out of Pembroke, Mass. is now UMass' latest Indoor Atlantic 10 Conference Champion with a leap of 41-feet and 1-inch and has received her third UMass Athlete of the Week honor in a month's span.
The jump not only won the triple jumper gold, it also broke the conference record of 40-feet, 9-inches; a record set by Fordham's Kerstin Greene back in 2007. Stoyle also bested her own UMass record of 40-feet, 7.75-inches. Stoyle entered the competition as the favorite in the event due to her previous personal best of 40-feet, 7.75-inches with the next closest mark being 40-feet jumped by Charlotte's Briauna Jones.
Stoyle set the golden distance on her third jump of the preliminaries and the mark would not be contested until Jones' sixth and final jump, leaping 11-inches better than she had all season for a second place distance of 40-feet, 11-inches. Stoyle now has her sights set on the New England Championships as well as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships and has the 29th best distance in the country.
Oliveri recorded 18 saves as the men's lacrosse team earned a come-from-behind 21-11 win over No. 4 North Carolina in the Southern Showdown at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga. Oliveri came up clutch throughout the contest, including recording seven saves in the first quarter before shutting out the UNC attack in the fourth.
The redshirt freshman and the UMass defense were integral in the come-back win, producing stalwart play in the back as the Minutemen posted four unanswered goals in the final quarter to earn the victory. The saves by Oliveri mark the most since Tim McCormack had 18 against Towson on April 10, 2010 - a streak of 38 games.
The most clutch save of all came at the final whistle, a potential game-tying attempt by UNC that came after a turnover in the offensive zone. Oliveri faced UNC's Greg McBride and deflected McBridge's attempt with one second remaining to seal the upset victory.
The Stoyle and the women's track and field squad will continue their indoor season this weekend in Boston, Mass. at the New England Championship. The start time for the championship meet is set for 10:00 A.M. on Friday and will continue the competition Saturday at 10:00 A.M. as well.
Oliveri and the men's lacrosse team venture to Cambridge, Mass. this Saturday for their contest against Harvard at 1:00 P.M. The team will attempt to advance their record to 3-0 on the season.