UMass Boston students, staff, and faculty sent the UMass Boston men's hockey team off to the Frozen Four in Lake Placid with a pep rally on Wednesday morning. Fans filled up the bottom floor of the Campus Center and perched over the two balconies to get a glimpse of the Beacons before they take on the St. Norbert Auggies in the NCAA Division III semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m.
"We're going to bring home a championship," head coach Peter Belisle said, a mantra echoed by players like freshman Garrison Sanipass, below, to the delight of the crowd.
The men's hockey team is the first program in UMass Boston history to reach the Final Four in any sport. The Beacons will play in the Herb Brooks Ice Arena, the same arena where the “Miracle on Ice” took place in 1980. The Beacons punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 2-0 win in the quarterfinals over Hobart College on Saturday in Geneva, New York.
At the end of the rally, Chancellor J. Keith Motley asked for fans to make two lines, so the team could walk through and get some final high-fives.
The team leaves for Lake Placid Wednesday. A fan bus will be leaving UMass Boston at 1 p.m. on Friday. There are 50 seats available. You must sign up in the Athletics Department's main office in the Clark Athletic Center.