July 30, 2006

UMass Lowell
Sr. | D | Monroe, Conn.

Bria spent the first two seasons of his college career at Colgate before transferring to UMass Lowell.


Key Statistics: Bria posted 13 points (five goals and eight assists) last season at UMass Lowell, equaling his offensive totals from his first two collegiate seasons at Colgate.

What He Does: Bria's biggest attribute is his shot, particularly his one-timer, which could be among the best in Hockey East. Look for UMass Lowell to utilize it more this season. He's solid at both ends, although can be susceptible to speedy forwards in the defensive zone.

The Bigger Picture: Never mind the 14 newcomers in the UMass Lowell locker room – it won't be a quiet place as long as Bria is around. He'll jump into a conversation quicker than he'll jump into the rush. Expect the Riverhawks to ask him to do both this year, however, as they lean on defensemen for more of their offense. A forward-dominated team in recent years, their top four scorers graduated. That, combined with the presence of three promising but unproven freshmen defensemen in the lineup, will put added pressure on Bria and fellow senior defensemen Cleve Kinley.

UMass Lowell assistant coach Kenny Rausch on Bria: "It's his senior year, and we'll be leaning a lot on him and Cleve [Kinley]. We'll be looking to get a lot of offense out of our D this year."

— Nate Ewell