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Weekend Wrap-Around: Lagesson Commits To UMass For Next Fall

As first reported by Over The Boards, Dubuque Saint defenseman William Lagesson committed to Massachusetts for this coming fall.  This is a huge pickup for Coach Micheletto and his staff, especially this late in the recruiting cycle.  The Swedish-born Lagesson was the first pick of the fourth round of this past June’s NHL Draft, taken by the Edmonton Oilers.  The 6’2’ blueliner  played in his native Sweden before joining the USHL’s Saints this year.

Lagesson has one goal and 11 assists in 25 games with the Saints.  He recently returned to the Saints after representing Sweden in the World Junior Championships.  Team Sweden finished fourth in the tournament while Lagesson had an assist and finished a +1.  Though he’s billed as a two way defenseman, it sounds like his primary focus may be his own zone, which will fill a big need with both Oleg Yevenko and Mike Busillo graduating this season.  He has good size and it sounds like he is a very physical player.

The Oilers had this profile on him last month.

Here’s an in-depth look at him prior to the draft from a New Jersey Devils blog.

An Edmonton blog, Oiler’s Rig, had this profile of him last Summer.

Overall this looks like an excellent addition to next year’s incoming class.  Lagesson was likely one of the top non-committed players that could come in next fall.  And, his presence will shore up a defense that will be losing two stay at home defensemen to graduation.

All eyes in Hockey East this weekend were on Agganis Arena as the Boston College Eagles and Boston University Terriers renewed their rivalry.  The Eagles ended up charging out to a 3-0 lead and ended up taking down the #2 Terriers 4-2 in the game.  The celebration was short lived though for BC as they then went up to Orono and dropped a 4-2 decision to Maine yesterday.

The other big story around the league this past weekend was the performance of UMass’ next opponent, the Merrimack Warriors.  Mark Dennehy’s squad continues to defy expectations and swept a home and home with #12 Quinnipiac.  For his role in the wins, Warrior forward Brett Seney was named Hockey East Rookie of the Week.  Notre Dame’s Robbie Russo as Player of the Week while Danny Tirone, who picked up the win against UMass on Saturday, was Defensive Player of the Week.

With Maine’s upset of BC the Minutemen continue to stay in last place in the league despite picking up two points this past weekend:

Conference     Overall
    GP W-L-T   PTS GF-GA     GP W-L-T GF-GA
1 Mass.-Lowell 12 8-2-2   18 42-22     23 15-5-3 83-54
  Boston University 12 8-2-2   18 44-26     21 13-4-4 72-43
3 Vermont 12 7-4-1   15 38-24     23 15-6-2 68-41
4 Boston College 13 6-5-2   14 35-30     23 13-8-2 70-55
5 Notre Dame 10 5-2-3   13 32-24     24 10-11-3 71-66
6 Providence 11 6-5-0   12 19-15     23 14-8-1 58-47
7 Northeastern 13 4-7-2   10 27-40     23 8-11-4 55-67
  Connecticut 11 4-5-2   10 25-32     23 7-11-5 47-62
9 Merrimack 9 4-4-1   9 19-18     21 13-6-2 55-41
10 New Hampshire 10 3-6-1   7 23-31     22 8-12-2 63-62
11 Maine 10 3-7-0   6 23-32     24 8-15-1 59-76
12 Massachusetts 13 2-11-0   4 33-66     23 7-16-0 63-98

BU rebounded from their BC loss with an overtime win over Lowell Sunday afternoon and only slid one spot in the USCHO rankings to #3 as a result.  Lowell moved up a spot to #5.   Vermont tied and lost to Northeastern this past weekend and dropped a couple spots to #12.  The sweep of Quinnipiac propelled Merrimack all the way from #20 to #14.  Providence fell to #18 after losing to UNH early in the week and BC’s defeat knocked them down to #19.

USCHO.com Division I Men’s Poll

January 19, 2015

Team (First Place Votes) Record Points Last Poll
1 Minnesota State (42) 18- 4-1 992 1
2 North Dakota ( 7) 16- 5-2 941 3
3 Boston University 13- 4-4 874 2
4 Harvard ( 1) 11- 3-2 820 4
5 Massachusetts-Lowell 15- 5-3 762 6
6 Bowling Green 14- 4-4 705 7
7 Minnesota-Duluth 13- 8-1 695 5
8 Nebraska-Omaha 15- 6-3 670 8
9 Miami 14- 8-0 607 9
10 Michigan Tech 16- 7-1 527 11
11 Denver 13- 7-1 507 13
12 Vermont 15- 6-2 434 10
13 Yale 11- 4-2 326 18
14 Merrimack 13- 6-2 289 20
15 Colgate 14- 7-1 246 15
16 Michigan 13- 7-0 235 19
17 Minnesota 11- 7-2 228 16
18 Providence 14- 8-1 214 14
19 Boston College 13- 8-2 193 17
20 Quinnipiac 15- 8-1 182 12
Others receiving votes: Robert Morris 45, Western Michigan 5, Penn State 2, Mercyhurst 1.

 

Hockey East has five teams in the top 16 of the Pairwise.  UMass continues to come in last among league teams in the Pairwise at #50, just behind Maine.

Rk Team PCWs RPI Rk QWB-† W-L-T Win % Wgtd Win % – ‡
1 Minnesota State 58 .6072 1 .0091 18-4-1 .8043 .8120
2 Nebraska-Omaha 57 .5834 2 .0071 15-6-3 .6875 .6891
3 Bowling Green 56 .5818 3 .0045 14-4-4 .7273 .7412
4 North Dakota 55 .5784 4 .0066 16-5-2 .7391 .7193
5 Minnesota-Duluth 54 .5770 5 .0112 13-8-1 .6136 .6140
6 Miami 53 .5769 6 .0080 14-8-0 .6364 .6442
7 Harvard 52 .5728 7 .0049 11-3-2 .7500 .7412
8 Boston University 51 .5671 8 .0044 13-4-4 .7143 .7037
9 Mass.-Lowell 50 .5651 9 .0014 15-5-3 .7174 .7080
10 Yale 49 .5599 10 .0071 11-4-2 .7059 .7035
11 Michigan Tech 48 .5587 11 .0032 16-7-1 .6875 .6772
12 Vermont 46 .5586 12 .0007 15-6-2 .6957 .7105
13 Merrimack 46 .5571 13 .0021 13-6-2 .6667 .6684
14 Denver 45 .5567 14 .0041 13-7-1 .6429 .6250
15 Providence 44 .5534 15 .0065 14-8-1 .6304 .6316
16 Colgate 42 .5508 16 .0000 14-7-1 .6591 .6789
50 Massachusetts 9 .4452 49 .0003 7-16-0 .3043 .2966
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3 Comments

  1. Alex

     /  January 19, 2015

    Is Mick the answer for UMass? It seems like UMass has some good recruits joining the program over the next few years, but is Mick capable of being successful in this league? The focus clearly has to be on defense since we absolutely suck in every category of defensive stats. Lagesson seems like a great addition. I really want to see UMass be a contender in Hockey East. What’s your take, Rocks? Should UMass cut ties with Mick or continue with him?

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    • I’m not planning on addressing the coaching situation until after the season. But needless to say this season has been beyond disappointing.

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