Students react after UMass Hockey NCAA National Championship win

Photos and reactions from students on the night

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By McKenna Premus and Cassie McGrath

Hundreds of students gathered in Southwest Residential Area following the Massachusetts Hockey team’s national championship win over St. Cloud State Saturday night.

“It feels like you’re a part of something,” freshman Raj Patel said. “Especially with the virus and the way things have been going. I don’t even watch hockey. I don’t like it. I can’t see the puck, I don’t know what they’re doing, but I thought it was cool.” 

Daily Collegian reporters asked for a comment from a student walking through campus in a group. “People are definitely not being safe with COVID, but I think people were out of element because it was such a big deal, first thing in history,” said a student who identified as a freshman living in Southwest. “I mean, everyone was wearing masks for the most part, so that’s nice, but obviously there’s way too many people here for that. I think everyone got overly excited because everyone here is freshmen.”

Students standing on the back of the basketball hoop in Southwest Residential Area McKenna Premus/Daily Collegian

Some students told Daily Collegian reporters that they weren’t worried about COVID-19. One student said, “I already had it” while another said they were fully vaccinated. Another student, who identified as a UMass freshman living in Orchard Hill told reporters, “I mean COVID is still definitely an issue, honestly I’m not even worried about getting it… I mean it is what it is.”

Police presence near the gathering in Southwest Residential Area McKenna Premus/Daily Collegian

There was a police presence at the gathering at the Southwest basketball court. Officers and cadets in the area declined to comment.

Students gathering at Southwest Residential Area basketball court McKenna Premus/Daily Collegian

“It’s definitely interesting, because we’re all freshmen and we’ve never seen something like this. This is the most people we’ve seen in a group in so long,” a UMass student told Daily Collegian reporters. The student said they were a freshman living in Orchard Hill. 

Trash in Southwest Residential Area following the gathering McKenna Premus/Collegian Staff
Students picking up trash in Southwest Residential Area following the gathering McKenna Premus/Collegian Staff
Trash in Southwest Residential Area following the gathering McKenna Premus/Collegian Staff
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Following the gathering at the basketball court, some students walked around picking up trash. 

Sign reads, “Congrats UMass” in downtown Amherst following UMass Hockey’s NCAA championship win McKenna Premus/Daily Collegian

“It’s the beginning of a legacy,” Patel said.

McKenna Premus can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @mckenna_premus.

Cassie McGrath can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @cassiemcgrath_.