UMass Athlete of the Week - 10/31/18

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Cooper, Leonard and Young Named UMass Student-Athletes of the Week

Representatives from field hockey, football and ice hockey celebrated following undefeated weekend

AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Sports Luncheon Committee announced field hockey sophomore Lucy Cooper, football senior Marquis Young and ice hockey sophomore John Leonard as the Dinn Bros. UMass Student-Athletes of the Week on Tuesday. The trio helped their respective programs to a combined 5-0 record on the week, including field hockey's triumphs over Saint Louis and UMass Lowell, ice hockey's sweep of Merrimack and the football victory at UConn.

Cooper, Leonard and Young will be recognized at the Wed., Oct. 31 UMass Sports Luncheon, hosted at the Berkshire Dining Common from Noon - 1 p.m. The featured speakers including football head coach Mark Whipple and men's swimming and diving head coach Russ Yarworth.
 
Cooper had seven points (three goals, one assist) as the Minutewomen closed the regular season with victories at UMass Lowell (Oct. 25) and on Senior Day vs. Saint Louis (Oct. 28). Two of Cooper's goals were game-winning tallies. In the Kennedy Cup win at UMass Lowell, Cooper one-timed a pass from Bailey McNamara into the cage with 3:51 on the clock, before scoring twice in seven minutes and adding a helper in the Saint Louis victory. Cooper now has 28 points on eight goals and 12 assists, all career-highs. UMass is seeded No. 3 in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Championship (Nov. 2-3) and will meet VCU in the Semifinal Round.

Leonard tied his career single game high twice during the weekend with a pair of three-point performances in UMass' sweep of Merrimack to open Hockey East play. He totaled six points over the two contests on a goal and five assists and factored into six of the nine goals the Minutemen scored on the weekend. Leonard's outings included assisting both the game-tying extra attacker goal with 33 seconds to play in regulation and the overtime game-winner that capped UMass' comeback on the road in North Andover on Saturday.
 
Young guided the Massachusetts offense to its comeback effort at Connecticut as UMass downed UConn on Rentschler Field, 22-17, with 148 yards rushing and the game-winner touchdown. The starting running back carried the ball a season-high 26 times for his 148 yards in the rain-soaked conditions in East Hartford, an average of 5.7 yards per carry. He scored his touchdown with less than four minutes remaining as Massachusetts erased a deficit that stood as large as 11 point (third quarter). He dcored on his 25th carry of the day when he fought his way into the endzone with a push from the rest of the offense during a goal-line scrum before his final carry of the night came one drive later when he sealed the win with a new set of downs on 4th-and-1 and allowed UMass to cap the game with kneel downs.

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