Economics Major, Zac Steigmeyer '21 "From Equipment Manager to Goalie in the Frozen Four"

Class of 2021 Economics major Zac Steigmeyer made his NCAA hockey debut as the backup goalie in the Frozen Four when UMass defeated defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth 3-2 in overtime on Thursday, April 8th.  Two of the Minutemen’s goalies entered the NCAA’s COVID-19 contact tracing protocols making them unavailable for the game, UMass was left with only one available goalie on the roster. Steigmeyer, who is the UMass equipment manager was cleared by the NCAA to play and has goalie experience. He played high school hockey in Springfield and reached Massachusetts’ elite Super 8 Tournament each year. Steigmeyer told Mass Live that seeing his locker at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, "It hit me a little bit like Wow, this is actually happening. That’ll be something I remember for the rest of my life.” He also told Mass Live “It’s very unfortunate what happened. Some of those guys are my best friends. They’ve gotten us to where we are. To see them not be on the ice for what could potentially be our last game is sad, but at the same time, we’re in this COVID world and its next man up mentality. I feel for those guys, but I feel like I have to step up into that role.” On April 10th UMass defeated St. Cloud State University to win the National Championship.