UMASS Holds On To #1 Spot After Win Over Harvard
Fairfield, CT – A hard fought 8-6 victory over Harvard on Saturday solidifies #5 UMass at the top spot for the second striaght week in the NEILA Coaches Poll. The Minutemen were led by red shirt freshman goalie Zachary Oliveri, who came up clutch in goal with eight saves, including a pair of stops on attempts from the edge of the crease. Harry Krieger of Harvard also put together an mpressive performance in net, making 13 saves of his own, in the loss. The Crimsons come in at #4 in this week’s poll.
Fairfield comes in at the two spot after a narrow victory over Navy last week. Fairfield now ranked #13 in the USILA Coaches poll. After FU comes Yale at #3, the Bulldogs lost a close one to St. John’s on Saturday, 10-9. Yale dropped out of the USILA rankings with the loss.
Quinnipiac comes in at the 5 spot, after an impressive, 9-7, win over Brown on Saturday. Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA PLayer of the Week Gill Connors was terrific in net for the Bobcats. Connors saved
74 percent of shots taken by Brown (20-27). Connors made 11 of his 20 saves in the second half and was also named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Coming in at the sixth spot the Providence Friars are coming off a convincing 13-5 win over fellow NEILA member Vermont. Junior Sean Wright paced the Friars with his second consecutive game with a hat trick
Holy Cross, also coming off a win over an NEILA member comes in tied for the seventh spot. The Crusaders defeated Hartford 11-9 Saturday afternoon. Holy Cross was led by Myles Gillepsie who tallied two goals and two assists in the victory.
Tied with Holy Cross at the seven position is the Bryant Bulldogs. Bryant took it on the chin this weekend, falling to Bucknell by a score of 10-8.
This week featured three games that match-up two NEILA schools. Bryant travels to Vermont, Sacred Heart hosts Holy Cross, and Brown travels to #5 UMASS.
1. #5 UMass
2. #13 Fairfield
T-7. Holy Cross
Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA Player of the Week Gill Conners –Junior Goalie, 6-2/215 – Ballston Spa, NY
Connors recorded 20 saves in a 9-7 win over Brown on Saturday, including saving 74 percent of the shots he faced. He made 11 of his 20 saves in the second half to put away the Bears. He is the first Quinnipiac goalie to record 20 saves in a game since 2004.