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Thoughts From The Field Hockey Junior World Cup (July 31)

UMass field hockey senior defender Hannah Prince and sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino will continue their run with the U.S. U-21 Team at the Junior World Cup quarterfinals after routing Ghana, 6-0 in their final Pool A game to advance on. Carlino and Prince are two of 18 student-athletes chosen from around the country to participate on the U.S. U-21 National Team and have provided their thoughts on closing group play and starting elimination games on Thursday, Aug. 1...

Quarterfinals, here we come! We defeated Ghana yesterday, 6-0 in our final pool game! We went into the contest with confidence, but came out flat early on. Slowly picking up our momentum, we were able to win a series of offensive corners in the first half and put ourselves up, 3-0 at the break.

That advantage would be all we needed to secure the decision we wanted, but we still had to wait out the Argentina-South Korea game to see what our fate would be for the rest of the tournament. A win by the South Korean side would send them to the quarterfinals over us and we were eager for the result, but were also thankful to be able to scout both teams to prepare ourselves even better for which might be our future opponent. Argentina won, 2-0 which meant we would be facing them in the quarterfinal round on Thursday, Aug. 1.

Today we have an off day to prepare by watching film, having meetings, practicing on the turf, resting, eating and sleeping. Then it is show time tomorrow! Time is flying by for us and we want to make every moment count so when we step on the field tomorrow we are ready to go! - Hannah & Sam

Fans can follow updates on Carlino and Prince through the UMass Field Hockey page or with Team USA via the Junior World Cup website.

Thoughts From The Field Hockey Junior World Cup (July 29)

UMass field hockey senior defender Hannah Prince and sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino are two of 18 student-athletes from across the United States competing for Team USA at the Junior World Cup in Monchengladbach, Germany, as the U-21 National Team looks to advance to the quarterfinal round of competition. Below, Hannah and Sam have provided their thoughts on their overseas experience so far...

Arriving in Monchengladbach, Germany, at the Hockeypark Stadium was when it all sank in. After all the traveling and training, we were about to begin the Junior World Cup. We had been in Europe since July 17th and all we had taken in was a hotel and a hockey field. On the eve of the tournament, an opening ceremony dinner was held on Friday, July 26, which offered us a great chance to meet incoming-freshman Charlotte Verelst, who is competing for the Belgian team and will join us at the University of Massachusetts this fall.

On Saturday (July 27) we faced South Korea in our first Pool A game. We felt like we controlled the game in the first half, even though the score line was 1-1 at the end of it. Less than two minutes into the second half a storm rolled in and the rain began to flood onto the pitch, which resulted in the officials holding the game. During the stoppage our team stayed positive and focused on the task at hand. Once we were underway again after about an hour delay, we came out stronger than ever an took down South Korea one goal at a time, ending with a 4-1 win! What a great way to start off the tournament.

We continued our journey on Sunday (July 28) with a match up against the Netherlands, a team that is looking to defend its Junior World Cup Championship from four years ago. A week earlier, we had two practice matches against them in the home country as we were preparing for the tournament and we were excited to have another opportunity to play them. The game had its ups and downs and we made some great plays. Unfortunately, the Netherlands was able to fight by us and we ended up losing the game, 5-1. Keeping our heads up, now we look forward to our last pool game tomorrow vs. Ghana, knowing we need a win to keep our hopes of making it to the quarterfinals alive. - Hannah & Sam

The Minutewomen duo continues competition with the U.S. on Tuesday, July 30, against Ghana to wrap up group play. The U.S. side will need to be one of the top eight teams points-wise among 12 still eligible to advance in order to move on. More information on the tournament is available through the Junior World Cup website.
UMass field hockey has three student-athletes participating in the 2013 Junior World Cup, which kicked off with eight games in Monchengladbach, Germany, on Saturday. Senior Hannah Prince and sophomore Sam Carlino helped Team USA to a 4-1 win over Korea in the third overall match of the tournament while incoming-freshman Charlotte Verelst competed for Belgium in a 6-1 loss to Germany that capped competition on the first day.

A recap and photo gallery highlighting the U.S. U-21 National Team's victory is available here. More information on the Belgium-Germany contest can be found here. General information about the Junior World Cup, including a master schedule is also available through the International Hockey Federation's website.

Boston Cannons Rookie Spotlight: Will Manny

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The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse featured UMass men's lacrosse alum Will Manny (2009-12) in its 'Rookie Spotlight' on Monday, highlighting Manny's immediate impact on offense. Through seven games played, Manny amassed 20 points on 11 goals and nine assists and recorded at least one point in each contest.

One goal; two goals; two goals; one goal, four assists; two goals, one assist; two goals, three assists; one goal, one assist. This is Will Manny's career line. You'll notice there are no zeros. He has recorded at least one point in every game he has played in. Talk about an immediate impact.

Most new phases in life require time to adjust, but Manny's transition from college lacrosse to the MLL could not have been smoother. His 20 points in 7 games looks more like a veteran line than a rookie one...

Check out the Boston Cannons official team website here for the full story.

Charleston Classic Bracket Reaction

With the official release of the match-ups and times for the 2013 Charleston Classic, there has been a nice buzz around the program and UMass' draw. Just as a refresher, the boys will open with Nebraska on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at the TD Arena. The game will be televised over the Internet on ESPN3. The other game in the top-half of the bracket is New Mexico and UAB. The bottom half has Davidson-Georgia and Temple-Clemson.

Conference Catch-up: Atlantic 10 basketball writer Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) posted his second conference catch-up, with this one being on the Atlantic 10. It's a big news day for Massachusetts basketball, with this and the Charleston Classic bracket announcement being made public.

Mid-Major Early Season Tournaments to Watch

SB Nation's Mid Major Madness web site has come out with its list of the top Mid-Major Early Season Basketball tournament's to watch this season. We all know about the Puerto Rico Tip-Off from last year and now Minuteman fans will get a taste of some southern flavor with the Charleston Classic, Nov. 21-24.

Parks Smith (@RVAparks) weighs in with the following about UMass and Chaz Williams...
Charleston Classic (Nov 21-24)
The popularity of Charleston as a college basketball destination and this tournament has exploded in recent years. The Cougars new arena certainly helps, but last year the city also hosted one of the botched aircraft carrier along with the All-Military Classic as the Citadel.

UMass and Davidson are the most interesting Mid-Major squads in this year's field and will look to battle against the likes of Clemson, Georgia, Temple, New Mexico, and Nebraska. For UMass, Chaz "Michael Michaels" Williams can steal the show and gain some national notoriety, which he greatly deserves. For Davidson, this tournament will be a good gauge for how they might stack up in the Atlantic 10 a year for now with not only UMass in the field, but also former A10 member Temple.

Sara Plourde Enters Coaching Ranks At Lafayette

Former Massachusetts softball All-America Sara Plourde has been hired at Lafayette as an assistant coach. The 2012 UMass graduate was named to head coach Jexx Varner's staff on Wednesday. She joins a group of more than a dozen former Minutewomen who played or coached under Elaine Sortino that are now in the college coaching ranks.

Click the link below for the complete announcement from Lafayette...