Belchertown’s Evan Fournier officially signs with UMass men’s soccer

  • Belchertown senior Evan Fournier signs his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at UMass on Thursday at Belchertown High School STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Belchertown senior Evan Fournier signs his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at UMass on Thursday at Belchertown High School STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Belchertown senior Evan Fournier signs his National Letter of Intent to play soccer at UMass on Thursday at Belchertown High School STAFF PHOTO / KYLE GRABOWSKI

  • Belchertown's Evan Fournier (10) carries the ball on a breakaway defended by Frontier's Doug Hanieski (19) in the second half of the Western Massachusetts Div. 3 championship Sunday night in Westfield, Nov. 11, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • The Belchertown team, including from left, Tony Martel, Evan Walters-Zucco, Nate Schiffer, Evan Fournier, Connor LaFlamme and Matteo Picardi run the field after defeating Southwick in the Western Massachusetts Division 3 quarterfinal, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

  • Evan Fournier, front, of Belchertown, scores on a penalty kick against Southwick, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at Chicopee Comp. STAFF PHOTO/JERREY ROBERTS

Staff writer
Published: 12/20/2018 7:32:59 PM

BELCHERTOWN — Putting pen to paper was a formality for Belchertown senior Evan Fournier. He had committed to the UMass men’s soccer program back in September, but signed his National Letter of Intent on Thursday during the early signing period.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I had my mind set for a while,” Fournier said. “I’m ready to get this over and done with.”

Fournier also considered Northeastern, but he never wavered in his commitment to the Minutemen once he received the scholarship offer.

“I’ve always wanted to go to UMass. There’s no doubt in my mind the whole time,” he said.

He capped his Belchertown soccer career by helping the Orioles win the Division 3 Western Massachusetts title, their first in three years. Fournier was named to the Division 3 all-state team for the second year in a row after leading Belchertown with 18 points on eight goals and 10 assists.

“He’ll certainly be missed both from a performance point of view and from a coaching standpoint because I would bounce things off of him and to see what he thought,” Belchertown coach Zach Siano said.

Fournier was Belchertown’s captain in 2018 and embodied the role both on and off the field.

“Going into the year I knew Evan was going to be the captain. I knew I could name him captain, and no one could say boo to that,” Siano said. “He’s everything you want in a captain.”

Fournier largely played in the midfield for Belchertown but moved forward or back depending on the Orioles’ needs. He’ll be deployed in a more defensive position for the Minutemen, either left back, defensive midfielder or center back. It’s where he typically plays during the club season, and Siano put him there to protect key leads in the playoffs like in the semifinals against Mount Greylock.

“It’s something I’m comfortable playing, and I enjoy playing,” Fournier said. “It’s a stable position where I’m not having to constantly go in circles with the little guys.”

He joins two other western Mass. natives already on UMass’ roster in Amherst’s Davis Smith and Central’s Richard Amoako. West Springfield’s Quinn Serafino and Ludlow’s Camden Blackburn are also part of Fournier’s recruiting class.

“For him to recruit a handful of guys from the immensely talented pool of western Mass. soccer, it’s cool to see a lot of those guys play in their back yard,” Siano said.

Former Belchertown standout Alex DeSantis graduated from UMass after the 2017 season and provided an inspiration for Fournier.

“Watching him play, grow as a player and bring the program with him was inspiring for me,” Fournier said.

He plans on majoring in either political science or history and continue on to law school. At least for now.

“Obviously that can change,” Fournier said.

He’s glad to stay so close to home for his college career.

“When I was younger I always wanted to go to school further away, but as I’ve grown I realized western Mass. is a nice place,” Fournier said. “I get to see my family, come back for holidays. It’s just a good thing.”




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