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Trio earns UMass student-athlete of the week honors


AMHERST, Mass. University of Massachusetts field hockey freshman forward Kenny Connors and sophomore goaltender Luke Pavich have been named UMass Student-Athletes of the Week together with the senior guard Sydney Taylor of women’s basketball. The trio will be honored at the UMass Sports Luncheon on Wednesday, November 30 in the Berkshire Room of the Berkshire Dining Commons.

Lunch will be served from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM and the speaking program will begin at approximately 12:15 PM. This week’s speakers are hockey head coach Greg Carvel and a representative of the football coaching staff. The cost of lunch is $14 at the door, $10 for UMass alumni.

Taylor, the reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Week, helped women’s basketball achieve a 3-0 record last week by recording a 71-53 victory in the Kennedy Cup Challenge over UMass Lowell, a 100-83 victory over Drake and a 95- 78 triumph against FIU to take home the FIU Thanksgiving Classic Championship title. She led the week’s effort in averaging 26.3 points per game (79 overall), while also averaging 6.7 rebounds per game and 1.7 assists per game. Through three games, the senior had a 51.8 (29-for-56) field goal percentage, including a 53.6 three-point field goal percentage, and made 15 of her 18 attempts from outside the arc. She was also perfect, making all six shots from the free throw line. Against UMass Lowell, she racked up a game-high 25 points before recording a game-best 29 vs. Drake and 25 more at FIU. The Long Island, New York native grabbed 20 boards in the week, matching a career-high of nine at FIU, while dishing out five assists and registering one swipe.

Connors and Pavicich helped the Minutemen go 1-0-1 last week at the Friendship Four in Belfast, Northern Ireland with a 2-1 win over No. 14/13 UMass Lowell and a 2-2 draw vs. No. 4 Quinnipiac.

Connors recorded three points for the Minutemen in the tournament and scored both goals in the victory over the River Hawks, his first multi-goal game of his career. The Glen Mills, Pennsylvania native also recorded an assist against Quinnipiac in the Friendship Four title game.

Pavicich went 1-0-1 starting both games for the Minutemen at the Friendship Four, stopping 63 of the 66 shots he faced for a .955 save percentage and 1.44 goals against an average over 125 minutes in the net with two of the three goals he conceded come on the power play. He logged 32 saves in the win over the River Hawks and followed up with a 31 save performance against the Bobcats.




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