News for 28 March 2021
All the news for Sunday 28 March 2021
Tigers tout teamwork against THT
By Jugjet Singh
Najmi Farizal Jazlan.
Maybank Tigers could upset the form book when they face Terengganu Hockey Team (THT) in the TNB Cup semi-finals. Both teams face off in the semi-final first leg at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.
It could turn out to be an exciting affair as Maybank's strong defence could deny fancied THT from scoring goals.
Azrul Effendy Bistamam's side conceded only six goals in seven matches in the Malaysia Hockey League (MHL), while THT let in 10.
THT have a strong attack, led by Faizal Saari, who had scored 17 goals with coming eight from penalty corners in the MHL.
Maybank will depend on national player Najmi Farizal Jazlan, who has scored six times, for goals.
"Teamwork is our strength, and it will be no different in the semi-finals.
"We have been working on how to defend penalty corners as THT have a proven flicker. We have studied THT's game, and we have come up with solutions to stop them.
"THT are an all-round team. I have reminded my players to score or earn a penalty corner whenever they make a circle penetration," said Azrul.
THT coach K. Rajan has taken a soft approach in preparing his players for the match.
"No training today. We just did light exercises and watched videos of matches involving Maybank.
"Maybank have youngsters, who are fast. We need to control the match from the start to earn a good result.
"We need to be cautious as Maybank can score from half-chances," said Rajan, whose team defeated Maybank 4-2 in the MHL. Universiti Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) play Tenaga Nasional in the other semi-final first leg today.
FIXTURES — S-FINALS, 1ST LEG
MEN'S TNB CUP
TODAY: UniKL v Tenaga Nasional (6pm, Pitch I), THT v Maybank (8pm, Pitch I).
WOMEN'S VIVIAN MAY SOARS CUP
TODAY: Blue Warriors v UniTen-KPT (6pm, Pitch II), UniKL Ladies v Sabah (8pm, Pitch II),
* matches at the National Hockey Stadium in Bukit Jalil
New Straits Times
Despite booking their place in Tokyo, the SA men's hockey team still face challenges to get to the Olympics
By Sameer Naik
In just under four months, the torch at the Tokyo Olympic Games will be lit.
It will signal the start of the most-anticipated sporting fixture of the year, as the world's best athletes gather to compete in a range of sporting codes.
South Africa’s Keenan Horne hopes he will be among the athletes.
Horne, the vice-captain of the South African men’s hockey team is determined to compete in his first Olympic Games.
Despite him and his teammates qualifying for the games, a lack of financial backing by sports bodies has left a big question mark on whether the men's hockey team will be competing in the prestigious competition.
The team booked their place at the Olympics last year, having clinched the African Hockey “Road to Tokyo 2020” qualifying cup in Stellenbosch.
But with no funds to support the team, they had to come up with more than R3.5 million themselves.
They recently teamed up with award-winning platform, Matchkit.co to further commercialise and grow their brand as they step up their preparation for the showpiece.
Matchkit.co has enabled the team to set up a crowdfunding campaign, with a plea to corporates, fans and the public to raise the R3.5m they need.
The Kraaifontein-born athlete said the team hoped to raise enough money to realise their dreams.
“The R3.5m is a very conservative figure and this not only includes the Olympic Games but also our preparations, which includes overseas tournaments and series against top nations,” said Horne.
“It started out quite slow, but we are hoping to gain momentum in the coming weeks. To date, we raised about R30 000.”
But Horne is confident they can raise the money.
“We are a resilient group, and with the help of the South African people, I am certain we will.”
While the team is confident Horne says they are disheartened by the lack of financial support by the SA Sports Confederation & Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and other sports bodies.
“It is disheartening and less than ideal, but we pride ourselves on our professionalism and that is why we have decided to take things into our own hands,” said Horne.
“We want to be supported by our sports bodies and federations as much as any other athlete, but at the end of the day, we are competing and making sacrifices for something bigger than ourselves. To be successful for Team South Africa and pave the way for future generations.”
Keenan Horne in action. Picture credit: Peter Heeger
Horne said the team were informed earlier by the hockey federation that there were no funds available to assist them.
“We haven’t had any direct communication from Sascoc, but our federation has warned us that there are no funds available for the Tokyo Games.”
While most other countries competing at the Tokyo Games have been funded by their respected sporting bodies, Horne said it hurt that they haven't received the same backing.
“Every athlete wants to represent their country in their respective sport and one day compete in the pinnacle of their sport. For Hockey players, that is the Olympic Games.
“We are a proud sporting nation with such a rich history in the sporting arena, and as an athlete, you want to be a part of that.
“Sport is an integral part of South Africans' livelihood and has played a huge role in our reconciliation. It does hurt when we aren’t financially supported.”
The SA men's hockey team had to work tirelessly for the last four years to ensure qualification for the games, said Horne.
“According to Sascoc, we had to win our African qualifiers as well as place top two in a qualifying tournament in India. It was an extremely tough ask, but this group keeps getting better with the more games we play and it is rather exciting the potential we as a group have.
“The players were determined to qualify and we had to self-fund all our trips and make financial sacrifices throughout 2019. Our staff are all working on a voluntary basis. With the pandemic, we didn’t have the necessary funds to get together and train in a ’bio-bubble’ like the other national teams.
“We trained within our regions as much as possible and we have also worked on our culture through various Zoom meetings. We are very excited to finally get together to see the fruit of all our discussions.”
Horne said he and his teammates never considered giving up on their dream.
“We have put in the hard work of qualifying and have worked hard over the last four-year cycle to not represent our country at the Games.
“We know what impact we can have on Hockey in South Africa. Hockey is one of the fastest growing sports and we need to represent all those players out there.”
He adds that the spirit in the team is high, despite having to fund their way to Tokyo.
“We have qualified for the Olympic Games and in an Olympic year, it isn’t hard to stay motivated and positive. We are a goal orientated and resilient group and we will keep grinding to reach our dream.”
The team is also eyeing a medal.
“We are most definitely the underdogs in the competition. But we have the belief.”
Competing at the Olympics would be a dream come true for Horne, he says.
“Being from an area like Kraaifontein (same area as Cheslin Kolbe and Wayde van Niekerk), I was fortunate enough to have parents who always allowed me to break down barriers by making me believe I can achieve anything.
“Since I was a boy playing hockey, rugby, cricket or athletics, I wanted to be the very best and take my sport as far as possible. When I was in my teens and watched my first Olympic Games, I decided then and there that I wanted to win with Team South Africa at an Olympic Games.”
The Saturday Star
Kara Botes calls time on her International Career
Ahead of an action packed 12 months for the South African Women’s indoor and outdoor hockey sides, Kara Botes has decided to call time on her International career both on the astro and on the indoor courts.
The current Southern Gauteng defender is one of only three players to have amassed more than 50 caps for both indoor hockey and outdoor hockey. Having been schooled at the brilliant Pietermartizburg Girls High, there was hardly doubt that she would make a star of herself on the international stage and started her journey of 79 Indoor Hockey Caps for SPAR South Africa against Namibia back in 2014 and managed to score her first goal in her fourth game. That ratio quickly swung and Botes retires as the second highest goal scorer in South African Indoor Hockey history with 85 scored in her 79 games. A remarkable achievement considering she is primarily a defender. At the 2018 Croatia Indoor Cup, Kara netted five in a then world record 21-0 victory over Slovenia.
Kara’s Indoor Hockey captain, both for her time at the Raiders and with the national team, Cindy Hack was glowing in her praise of Botes:
“I have had the privilege of playing many years with Kara. She has an exceptional ability to read the game and her eye for the pinpoint pass was unrivalled on the court. She had such great tenacity and was always someone that was better to play with than against! Kara was also devastatingly dangerous at penalty corner time and a real weapon in our attack. Thank you for your service to our country and to our game! Good luck for the new endeavors, I have no doubt you will be an immense success!”
Her outdoor career was also a superb one after making her debut in 2016 against Argentina in Bloemfontein and going on to accumulate 53 test caps including playing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and at the Vitality Hockey World Cup in London. In recent times it has been alongside Erin Christie that she has built a superb understanding at both club, provincial and national teams.
“Kara will be missed in the SA outdoor team. Her flair, deception and creativity are what made her a great player and asset to the team. As a teammate, Kara was always available to everyone and loved picking our brains about the most interesting topics. Although she will deny it, the EXTROVERT in her brought a lot of fun and laughter to us all. We wish Kara all the best and happiness on her next adventure and no doubt it’ll be a successful one.”
Marissa Langeni, the CEO of SA Hockey shared her thoughts as well:
"An extraordinary talent whether playing indoor hockey or outdoor. Kara's utmost dedication to the green & gold was rewarded by a stellar career and we would like to take this opportunity to thank her for representing South Africa over the years."
As Kara leaves a massive gap on the hockey field, we know she will be smashing it in the business world with that same flair!
SA Hockey Association media release
Hockey India Academy Nationals 2021: Anjna Dungdung impresses
By TAZEEN QURESHY
A defender by play position, Anjna Dungdung was all over the turf during the all-important-finale of the Hockey India Academy National Championship. The colt’s all round performance came in for commendation. The youngster not only thwarted opposition chances inside the attacking circle, but also moved upfront to regain the ball possession for the overall benefit of her team. This was a captain’s role which she adorned admirably.
Yes, the captain of the SAI Academy junior team Anjna played a crucial role as her team won 2-1 against Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy in the first Academy Nationals organised at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar.
“There was pressure on us. Our Sub-Junior team had won the championship a day before. Against their success, we couldn’t have settled for anything less, say silver. The Sub-Junior team had done their job, and now it was our turn,” she explains the team’s mindset before setting foot on the turf to take on the formidable rival in the final.
The Sub-Junior team of SAI Academy won the title a day ago through a high-end shoot out but the Anjana’s angles stopped the strong looking MPWHA team in their track in the regulation play time itself for the crown (2-1).
The SAI Academy’s grand double had raised the bench mark for all the Academy teams in India.
Younger sister of India international player Alka Dungdung, who also plays for Hockey Jharkhand, Anjna had a passion for hockey growing up.
“I used to live in Simdega in Jharkhand, which has a hockey culture. I learnt the tricks from my sister and we would often practice together. Then, I started playing for my school and was eventually picked up by SAI.”
Anjna is currently stationed in Kolkata and is undergoing training at the Sports Authority of India’s National Centre of Excellence there. She looks up to current India skipper Rani Rampal as her role model and dreams to represent India someday.
If her present form is any indication, she can herself be the Rani for her generation.
FIH President Dr. Batra to inaugurate CSS Baskaran High Performance Hockey Centre on April 9
Its for the first time in the southern part of India, an exclusive private High Performance Hockey Centre will be set up in Chennai by the well-known educational institution Sri Ramchandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (deemed University), Chennai. Interestingly and fittingly, it is named after hockey hero V Baskaran.
Technical people assemble to discuss conduct of the Cup
The much-awaited Centre will be inaugurated by Dr.Narinder Dhruv Batra, who wears many hats in the contemporary Indian sports scene. The first-ever non-European President of the Federation Internationale de Hockey (FIH), will be in Chennai next week to preside over the Shri NPV Ramasamy Udayar Hockey Cup on April 9th.
Sri Ramchandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (deemed University), Chennai is hosting the tournament from March 29 to April 9, 2021.
This will be 12-day hockey extravaganza with 12 teams vying for the title.
Its nice to see the event attracted as many as a dozen teams who will vie for top honours in a league-cum-knockout competition on the newly laid artificial surface at the university campus in Chennai.
Vasudeva Baskaran, Director of Hockey at the Centre for Sports Science (CSS) and captain of the gold medal India team at the 1980 Moscow Olympics is the organizing secretary with Moghul Mohammed Muneer of the FIH World Panel and Pro League Technical Official as Techincal Director.
Besides the winners’ trophy, there would be cash prizes as well going to the runners-up and best player of the tournament.
If the social media response is any indication, the tournament has already evoked enormous response. Now it is hoped the sports promoting and hockey loving University community of players, staff and public will witness a quality stuff on the turf.
The teams in the tournament are split into two pools as follows:
Pool A: Indian Overseas Bank, Southern Railway, Sports Hostel of Excellence, SDAT, Loyola College, St Paul’s Combined XI, Challengers Hockey.
Pool B: Integral Coach Factory, GST, Chennai, Indian Bank, SRM Institute, Chennai Hockey U-21, Tamil Nadu Postal Hockey.
It seems a happy 12-days for Chennai hockey, which has a rich tradition of the sport.
Hockey venue for Paris Olympics: Work to begin in 2022 … at a cost
Celnikier & Grabli architects + Olgga architects © SORA
Work will begin early next year on the new home of French hockey, also the venue for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
As with most Olympics, the construction cost has unsurprisingly increased. It is now estimated that works for the Yves-du-Manoir departmental stadium will total £65 million, a rise of 20 per cent from original costings.
The project is primarily funded by the Hauts-de-Seine Departmental Council and will see two synthetic hockey pitches built, while the centre will also comprise rugby and football fields and an athletics track.
Work is due to begin in January 2022 and completed in December 2023 ahead of the Paris Games. The venue is situated 15km from the centre of the capital.
As well as the hockey training facilities and main competition pitches for the Olympics, there will be 1,000 permanent seats, while a resident club in Hauts-de-Seine, Racing club de France Hockey 92 Colombes, will also play there.
The centre will also be home to the French Hockey Federation in new buildings and facilities, or the ‘the cradle of field hockey in France’ as it’s being billed.
Yves-du-Manoir – Stadium Facts
The Stade Olympique de Colombes is also referred to as the Stade Yves-du-Manoir. In 1928, It was re-named in honour of a French rugby player.
A century after hosting the 1924 Olympics, the Yves-du-Manoir Departmental Stadium in Colombes will now be home to the Olympic hockey competition and training site for Paris 2024.
Back in 1924, the Olympic venue also staged horse riding, gymnastics, tennis, football, rugby and, in modern pentathlon, the running and fencing events.
The stade’s capacity reached 60,000 and hosted France matches in the soccer World Cup in 1938. It was the country’s biggest stadium until Parc des Princes’ renovation in 1972.
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Moses Kagochi: The hockey coach who believes in giving back more than winning
By David Ochieng Mbewa
Moses Kagochi, field hockey coach and coaches facilitator. PHOTO: CGTN
Moses Kagochi is a former Kenyan hockey player and an internationally renowned coach in the sport who is on first-name terms with the who’s who in the sport.
He boasts a glittering CV having played locally for a number of clubs and then, after retiring, taking up coaching at the club and national level and then going international in Europe.
However, Kagochi is the first to admit that his life could have been a whole lot different had he not got involved in hockey; a sport he says changed his life completely.
Having grown up in Ngara Estate in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, Kagochi said the area, once described by a local daily as one of the capital’s most notorious backstreets, sometimes offers residents little chance of making it in life.
“In Ngara, you are either a success or a crook, and the majority of people could turn to crime. Because of the time I was spending on the hockey pitch, the sport saved me from all this,” Kagochi told CGTN.
The sport, he said, taught him self-discipline, commitment and teamwork, qualities which would later prove to be invaluable in his life and professional career.
The impression the owners of the last club he played for, Karate Axiom, left on him also greatly motivated him to see sport differently. Kagochi said the fact that the owners, who were Indians, saw him as a hockey player and not a Black person really impacted him.
“They invested so much in me that I had a job, I had food and I was able to educate myself. Hockey has made me who I am.”
This gesture made him feel he had a duty to give back to the sport and society, in addition to helping mentor up-and-coming players to reach their highest potential.
Moses Kagochi (second from far right) during a training session. Credit: Hockeyfarm Sports
His journey to becoming a high-performance coach also showed him just how much good sport can do in terms of bringing people together.
A meeting with Allistar Fredricks, the first player of color to represent South Africa’s hockey men’s team, marked a major turning point in that journey.
Kagochi was in Malawi in 2009 attending a hockey workshop when he struck up a friendship with Fredricks that saw him get an invitation to South Africa to attend a course on hockey management.
“I went to South Africa; he (Fredricks) picked me from the airport, housed me and took me through the course, which I passed.”
That friendship led Kagochi to meet the late former South African hockey coach Fabian Gregory and Dutchman Siegfried Aikman, who coaches Japan’s men’s national team.
It is Aikman, Kagochi points out, who encouraged him to further his studies in becoming an elite coach.
“Where you are going and where you are working, there is a disconnect. You need to be in an environment where you can grow,” Aikman told Kagochi.
Kagochi went on to get an invitation in September 2016 from the Dutchman to attend an international hockey seminar and, later on, work in a Dutch club as his star shone.
He also has a job coaching the Kenyatta University hockey team but makes coaches’ education a priority because he does not want to make the success and growth of the sport all about himself.
“I feel the way I am going to make them grow is to use the same people they have, but mentor the coaches on the best practices. The best way to disseminate the information is not to coach a team but work with the coaches,” he noted.
“I am trying to see if we can develop the continent because when we develop the continent, we create a pool (of talented players and coaches) for the national federations to up their game.”
Kenyatta University, one of the premier universities in sports in Kenya, has seen the hockey teams flourish under Kagochi who, in keeping with his philosophy of mentorship, is being assisted by one of his students.
“Everybody wants to come and pick my players for their clubs. What does it tell you? We are working on educating the players, not just coaching them.”
He also runs a company, Hockeyfarm Sports, through which he devotes a lot of his time to raise the profile of the game and help players live their dream to be hockey players.
“I do a lot of pro bono training all over the country and just work with the teachers and students – some are organized by the (local hockey) federation. When I come from the Netherlands, I come with (hockey) sticks and some equipment. I look around for those players who want to grow and give them a stick or shoes and encourage them to keep on working hard.”
His efforts are also bearing fruit internationally too as some hockey players have managed to follow in his footsteps and ply their trade abroad.
“We had had two people successfully make it to Europe: one in Italy and one in the Netherlands, with me. Those are Kenyans. I have had two from Ghana, so it is not a Kenyan thing, it is African.
Encouraged by this success, Kagochi hopes to help another seven or eight players secure contracts with clubs in Europe in 2022.
“I am mentoring them not only in the sport but also on how a professional should act. That affects them not only in the sport but also as a person. The sport has activated that in me,” he said, adding that he “owes the continent” a great deal for his success.
His efforts have, however, not been without any challenges with the biggest ones being individual perceptions and insecurities.
“People do not want change. Someone will say they have seen me and know me, so what new thing will I tell them? People do not know that in the last five years I have gone through a process that has made me a different person. Not just reading but being in a different environment,” he said.
“There is no harm in trying something new as long as we are progressing.”
“People also think I want their jobs, fame, or something like that. That is life.”
Despite these challenges, Kagochi remains focused on his goal of educating players locally and regionally and raising their standards to that of successful countries, especially in Europe.
“Mine is not for self-glory, mine is a mission. Even if I will get 10 or 20 people going through my path, you have changed destinies. It is something I will do for the rest of my life.”
Field Hockey Tops Ohio To Split Two-Game Series
ATHENS, Ohio – Callie Quinn's third-quarter goal lifted the Central Michigan field hockey team to a 2-1 Mid-American Conference victory over Ohio on Saturday night at the Bobcats' Pruitt Field.
The Chippewas earned a split of the two-game weekend series with the Bobcats and improved to 4-3, 2-2 MAC. Ohio is 2-4, 2-3.
Ohio scored midway through the second quarter for a 1-0 lead. Taryn Damm tied it with her first goal of the season less than two minutes later.
Caroline Beairsto and BobbieMarie Parker assisted on Damm's goal; Kate Biglin assisted on Quinn's goal, her second of the season.
The Bobcats outshot the Chippewas, 14-3, and finished with 11 shots on goal compared to CMU's three. Ohio also had three penalty corners the Chippewas' one.
Despite being outshot, CMU was able to secure a victory with the help of eight saves by freshman goalkeeper Katie Maxim.
"I thought our goalkeeper had a phenomenal game," CMU coach Catherine Ostoich said. "She definitely was a big reason we were able to walk off with a win tonight."
The win marked the first time this season that CMU rebounded from a Friday loss to win on Saturday. The Chippewas fell to the Bobcats, 3-1, on Friday.
"A completely different team showed up today, which was pretty awesome," Ostoich said. "We attacked today way more than we did (on Friday). We finally showed up in the first half, and that was great. That is something that we've talked about a lot.
"We're going to enjoy this today and then we'll get back to the drawing board on Monday."
The Chippewas entertain Longwood in a two-game MAC series beginning on Friday, April 2 (11 a.m.). It is CMU's' home opener. They are scheduled to conclude the series on Saturday, April 3 (11 a.m.).
Field Hockey Picks up 3-2 Win at Villanova
Plymouth Meeting, Pa. - Drexel went on the road Saturday and picked up a 3-2 victory at Villanova. The Dragons are now 3-2 on the season. Three different Dragons recorded goals against their City 6 rivals.
Neither team could get on the board in the first period despite combining for seven shots. The Dragons would break through first midway through the second and would never trail in the game. Puk Thewessen had the only shot of the quarter, and she made it count, as she beat Villanova goalkeeper Jordan McGinley. That gave Drexel a 1-0 lead they would take to intermission. Chandler McFeeley and Stephanie Oleykowski were credited with the assists.
The score remained the same until late in the third quarter. Freshman sensation Eline Di Leva found fellow first-year player Shannon Tringola, and she deposited a shot in the 'Cats goal for her first career tally. Villanova responded just five minutes later. Meghan Mitchell scored on a rebound to give the home team some life as they cut the lead to 2-1.
Drexel didn't let Villanova capitalize on the momentum of its first goal. The Dragons got a much-needed insurance goal when Di Leva scored her fourth goal in just five games. Villanova's Mitchell added another goal with less than 10 minutes to go, but the Dragons held on as they picked up win number three on the season.
Megan Hadfield picked up the win in goal for Drexel. She made seven saves in the game. Hadfield was helped out by the defense, which allowed just one shot over the final 15 minutes of play.
Villanova outshot Drexel, 12-9, and picked up six penalty corners. The Dragons had five corners on the afternoon. Drexel will be back in conference play on Friday when it hosts James Madison at Buckley Field.
UMass field hockey defeats La Salle 3-2
Minutewomen claim victory after 50-second overtime period
By Karan Chaudhary
Thom Kendall/UMass Athletics
Massachusetts field hockey defeated La Salle 3-2 after a 50-second overtime period. Co-captain Georgie McTear led the way with a pair of goals and an assist.
Claire Danahy opened the scoreboard for the game for UMass (5-2, 1-1 Atlantic 10) in the 20th minute from 10 yards in front of the goal cage, assisted by McTear.
The match appeared to be a one-sided contest within the first quarter. The Minutewomen dominated overall possession, with a total of five shots, four of which were on target, and two corners – in comparison to the Explorers’ (0-6, 0-3 A-10) absence in the same categories.
However, the second quarter was full of action in which La Salle gained a one-goal lead over UMass. Explorers Tatum Johnson and Samie Hackman scored consecutively in the 21st and 22nd minutes of the game as a counter to Danahy’s goal within the 20th minute. The second quarter favored La Salle’s style of play, which allowed them more overall shot attempts than the Minutewomen in this quarter.
The second quarter buildup for the Explorers can be attributed to the fact that they play on a different turf than UMass, which causes the ball to be a lot bouncier and slower.
“La Salle plays on a different playing surface than what we are used to,” UMass head coach Barb Weinberg said. “We talked about still playing the same team style of hockey, which we did really well in the first quarter. When La Salle put us under a bit of pressure in the second quarter, we started to go very individual with our skills and stopped moving the ball and passing so, it took us a bit to get back into it and in the second quarter it showed. Unfortunately, we gave up two goals.”
The Minutewomen did not let this discourage their prospects of winning the game as they gained traction within the statistics in the third quarter and set their course for a win with sheer domination in terms of attempts, on-target attempts, and corners. La Salle was evidently feeling the UMass pressure and the credit for this can be given to the mentality that they had created since Thursday’s loss against Lock Haven.
“Honestly, I think it was the mentality,” Weinberg said of the difference between the team’s last two games. “We had a long double overtime against Lock Haven and going into the first overtime today the team’s mentality was like we are going to take care of this in two minutes and they were able to do it within 50 seconds. They decided the mentality that they did not want to be there for a long period of time and let’s just take care of the sudden victory as quickly as we can.”
The team is gearing up for its next fixture against Lock Haven next week and Coach Weinberg has her plans ready as to how they are going to tackle them.
“No doubt we need to continue to produce the same number of shots and corners, we have to work on our finishing every day this week, leading up to our game against Lock Haven next week,” Weinberg said. “Statistically, we look great but if you do not put the ball in the net and don’t keep it out at our end – statistics are statistics.”
UMass’ next matchup against Lock Haven is slated to start at 4 p.m. from Pennsylvania.