UML's Gillis Breaks NCAA Mark

10/19/2009
By From the Lowell Sun

LOWELL -- Senior goalkeeper Jamie Gillis of North Billerica eclipsed the NCAA Division II record for consecutive shutout minutes as No. 19 UMass Lowell defeated Southern Connecticut State University, 3-0, Oct. 18 in a women's soccer game at Cushing Field.

Gillis, who had two saves on the day, entered the match with 1,142 straight minutes without conceding a goal and set the new record in the 51st minute of play.

The victory extended UMass Lowell's unbeaten streak to 13 matches (10-0-3), which includes 12 straight shutouts. The last time the River Hawks conceded a goal was in the 13th minute of a 3-1 victory at Stonehill on Sept. 9.

"I guess it's pretty cool. I have to give a lot of credit to my teammates. I haven't had to make too many saves," Gillis noted afterward. "Our defense has been playing together for a while and they've done a good job of getting in the way. Even our forwards have been doing a great job at getting back and defending."

The River Hawks' 12th consecutive clean sheet of the season is tied for the third-highest single season total in NCAA Division II history with Lynn University (12 in 1997) and behind Franklin Pierce (13 in 1994; 15 in 1995).

"This is the biggest thing to happen to an individual player since I've been here," said UML head coach Elie Monteiro, in his eighth season. "The thing that separates Jamie from the other goalkeepers who have had success in the NE-10 is that her attitude has never changed. She continues to want to get better and to want her teammates to get better."