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UMass picks up graduate transfer Jacob Pritchard from St. Lawrence

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Former St. Lawrence forward Jacob Pritchard has been added to Massachusetts’ roster as a graduate transfer, the Minutemen said this week.

It was first reported by CHN in April that Pritchard would be leaving the St. Lawrence program after three seasons. At that time, fellow forward Taggart Corriveau told the Saints’ coaching staff he wouldn’t be returning. Corriveau was injured last year. He had offers to go to Clarkson and Brown, among others, but didn’t want to take the year off as a regular transfer, so plans to attend D-III Trinity this season.

As a graduate transfer, Pritchard, who had nine goals in each of his three seasons with SLU, does not have to sit out this season. It’s the same maneuver St. Lawrence goaltender Kyle Hayton made last offseason, when he transferred to Wisconsin for his final year of collegiate eligibility.

Standout defenseman Ben Finkelstein transferred over the holidays last year, and will join Boston College in midseason this year.

Last season was one of turmoil for the Saints, who finished 8-27-2 in Mark Morris’ second year as head coach, the program’s lowest win total since 1980. It came amid an investigation by the school into allegations that Morris was mistreating players. An investigating firm found only minor violations in a report it released last winter.

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