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The United States Field Hockey National Program announced its 18-woman roster for the Hockey World League Semifinals Tuesday, with former UMass standout goalkeeper Alesha Widdall and current volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gonzalez among those chosen.
Hockey World League Semifinals run from June 10-21 in Valenvia, Spain. With two pools of five teams, Team USA will match up with Germany, Ireland, Uruguay and South Africa. The USWNT is set to play Uruguay in their first pool game on Thursday, June 11 at 7: 00 a.m. EST.
Parnham Solidifies U.S. Roster for Hockey World League Semifinals | Team USA Website
University of Massachusetts field hockey graduate Alesha Widdall (2008-11) and current staff volunteer assistant Melissa Gonzalez provided boosts to Team USA as the national team defeated Ireland, 3-0 for the second consecutive time.
In Tuesday evening's contest, Widdall backstopped the squad with a shutdown performance in the cage while Gonzalez provided a boost on the attack. The duo, alongside U.S. teammate and UMass alumna Hannah Prince (2010-13) have one more exhibition contest against the Irish on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. Read a recap and see photos from Tuesday's game below:
Quick Start Leads Team USA over Ireland in Game Two (includes photos) | Team USA Website
University of Massachusetts field hockey alumna Hannah Prince (2011-14) and current volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gonzalez took to the field at Team USA's training facility in Lancaster, Pa., for the first game in a friendly series with the Irish National Team Monday evening. The U.S. outpaced Ireland and earned a 3-0 victory. Game two is set for Tuesday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. and the third contest in the series follows on Thursday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m.
Information on watching games two and three is available here.
USWNT Secures Victory Against Ireland in First Test Match | Team USA Official Website
Live Stream and Tape Delayed Set for Ireland Series | Team USA Official Website
Former UMass field hockey and women's lacrosse all-time great Lisa (Griswold) Lindley was elected to the U.S. Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame back in January - Darien Times Sports Editor Steven Buono caught up with Lindley to discuss the honor and her successes as a player and coach.
She was a three-time all-American on the field hockey and lacrosse squads at UMass, went on to play for the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Team from 1986-1992, and was a member of the World Cup Lacrosse Team in 1989. Since then she has a 347-70 record in 21 years of coaching Darien High School and has been Connecticut Coach of the Year six times.
'Honesty' is Hall of Fame coach Lindley's policy | Steven Buono, Darien Times
UMass field hockey and women's lacrosse standout Lisa (Griswold) Lindley was chosen for the US Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame and will be inducted next month. Lindley was a three-time all-American with the Minutewomen and has coached Darien High School to 13 FCIAC titles and 13 state titles, the most of any high school coach in the nation.
Lindley makes CT Hall of Fame for lacrosse | Darien Times
UMass and Richmond square off in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship Game at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. The contest marks a rematch of the last two championships, which the Minutewomen won by 5-0 and 2-1 margins, respectively. Game information is provided below:
More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey begins its Atlantic 10 Tournament on Friday afternoon with a 2 p.m. contest against No. 4 seed Lock Haven at Richmond's Crenshaw Field. The Minutewomen are the No. 1 seed for competition. Use the below information to keep track of the game today:
More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey begins the 2014 Atlantic 10 Tournament as the No. 1 seed for competition when the Minutewomen face No. 4 Lock Haven on Friday afternoon. Massachusetts is on the hunt for its third consecutive Atlantic 10 title. Daily Collegian reporter Jamie Cushman discussed the history of postseason success for UMass field hockey with head coach Carla Tagliente, senior Renee Suter and sophomore Hailey Cockrum and also talked to the trio about the approach each is taking to preparing for Lock Haven:
UMass field hockey is no stranger to postseason success
The University of Massachusetts field hockey program begins Atlantic 10 Tournament competition with a semifinal matchup against Lock Haven. Tyler Fiedler of the Daily Collegian staff has a preview of the contest for MinuteFans:
UMass field hockey prepares to face Lock Haven in Atlantic 10 tournament
UMass field hockey freshman Sarah Hawkshaw scored twice during the team's final regular season game to lead the Minutewomen to a 5-1 victory over Saint Louis. The win secured UMass the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament while the two-goal game from Hawkshaw was the first such effort in the freshman's collegiate career. Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian staff has a recap of the day's action:
Freshman Sarah Hawkshaw steals show for UMass field hockey on Senior Day | Daily Collegian
Sunday marks Senior Day for UMass field hockey! The Minutewomen host Saint Louis at Garber Field at 1 p.m. A short ceremony featuring the three seniors on the team, Lauren Allymohamed, Mariajose Rodriguez and Renee Suter will be held prior to the start of the game.
UMass field hockey hosts Syracuse for its final non-conference game of the 2014 season on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 1 p.m. The last time these teams faced off at Garber Field the Minutewomen defeated then-No. 1 nationally ranked Syracuse to start a 10-game winning streak that culminated with an appearance in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
More on the field hockey team is available through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey won a 3-1 game at La Salle on Friday, Oct. 24. It marked the first multi-goal performance of the season for sophomore forward Izzie Delario and became the 50th win for Carla Tagliente as a head coach overall and with the Minutewomen. Matthew Zackman caught up with Delario and Tagliente this week for a story on the milestone:
UMass field hockey led by Delario, Tagliente in milestone day
University of Massachusetts field hockey alumnae Hannah Prince (2010-13) and Alesha Widdall (2008-11) helped Team USA finished a six-game test series in New Zealand with three wins, two losses and one draw against the host squad. The duo, along with volunteer assistant coach Melissa Gonzalez clinched the series with a 3-1 victory in the final game.
More is available on the series and Team USA here.
The University of Massachusetts field hockey team won its sixth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference game as the squad took a 3-1 win from La Salle on the road at DeVincent Field in Philadelphia. Jamie Cushman has a recap of the action:
UMass field hockey continues win streak with victory over La Salle | Daily Collegian
The field hockey team has a one-game weekend ahead of it as the Minutewomen travel to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to face La Salle (8-6 overall, 4-2 Atlantic 10) at DeVincent Field on Friday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Check out all the game information for this weekend below:
More on UMass field hockey is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Matthew Zackman of the Daily Collegian has a story on Lauren Allymohamed, who scored the game-winning goal against Boston University despite suffering a slash to the face earlier in the game. After she received medical treatment on the sideline, Allymohamed returned to the game and notched the game-winner in the 82nd minute.
University of Massachusetts field hockey alum Hannah Prince (2010-13) earned her first international cap for Team USA during the second friendly contest for the U.S. side on its current New Zealand tour. Check out a recap of the game below:
New Zealand Edges USA in second test match in Stratford | TeamUSA.org
Lauren Allymohamed provided UMass with an overtime game-winning goal in the 82nd minute as the Minutewomen defeated Boston University, 2-1 at Garber Field on Sunday. Daily Collegian reporter Tyler Fiedler was on-hand for the game and wrote a recap of the action:
UMass field hockey gets back to .500 with win over BU Sunday | Daily Collegian
UMass field hockey blanked Davidson, 4-0 on Friday afternoon to increase its current Atlantic 10 Conference winning streak to five consecutive games. Daily Collegian writer Jamie Cushman has a report on the game:
UMass field hockey shuts out Davidson in 4-0 win | Daily Collegian
UMass field hockey hosts non-conference regional rival Boston University for its next game, a Sunday, Oct. 19 contest on Garber Field at 2 p.m. More information on the game is available below:
More on the field hockey program is available through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente and sophomore forward Nicole Miller spoke to members of the local media after the Minutewomen dispatched Davidson, 4-0 at Garber Field on Friday afternoon. Check out what Tagliente and Miller had to say about the team win below:
More on UMass field hockey can be found throughUMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey defeated Davidson, 4-0, in the first meeting between the teams on the strength of a lockdown defensive performance and one goal each from Hailey Cockrum, Izzie Delario, Melanie Kreusch and Nicole Miller. Check out highlights of the game below courtesy of UMass Sports Network:
More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey hosts the newest member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Davidson, on Friday at 3 p.m. in the first game between the schools in program history. Check out some information on how to follow along below:
More on UMass field hockey is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Daily Collegian reporter Jamie Cushman stopped by field hockey practice on Tuesday and spoke with head coach Carla Tagliente, senior Lauren Allymohamed and freshmen Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch for a story on the immediate impacts made by Hawkshaw and Kreusch.
Hawkshaw and Kreusch on international students from Ireland and Belgium, respectively, and have combined for 22 points via nine goals and four assists through the opening 14 games played.
Kreusch, Hawkshaw stepping up for UMass field hockey | Daily Collegian
University of Massachusetts field hockey alums Alesha Widdall (2008-11) and Hannah Prince (2010-13), as well as volunteer assistant Melissa Gonzalez, made the nearly 9,000 mile trip from the USA Field Hockey training center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to New Zealand where the U.S. National Team is set to play a six-game test series with the hosts.
Take a look behind the scenes of the early days of the trip courtesy of the U.S. National Team.
Joe Saade of the Daily Collegian staff wrote a feature story on the importance of junior goalkeeper Sam Carlino to the UMass field hockey team. Carlino is in her third season as the starting goalkeeper for the Minutewomen as the squad looks to earn its third consecutive A-10 title and NCAA Tournament trip.
Sam Carlino remains a rock in net for UMass field hockey | Daily Collegian
The UMass field hockey team switches gears and goes back to non-conference competition for Sunday's matchup at Columbia (7-4 overall). Here are ways to follow along today:
More on the program is available through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey hits the road to Philadelphia this weekend to face an Atlantic 10 foe in Saint Joseph's before a non-conference game at Columbia. The Minutewomen head to Saint Joseph's on Friday for a 3:30 p.m. game and travel to Columbia for a Sunday contest at 1 p.m. Check out some notes on the series with St. Joe's below:
UMass field hockey defeated Saint Francis, 3-2 on Sunday afternoon to snap the Red Flash's eight-game season-opening win streak. Melanie Kreusch accounted for each of those UMass goals while Izzie Delario assisted on all three. Read more about the win with the Daily Collegian's recap:
Melanie Kreusch has career day in UMass' win over Saint Francis | Tyler Fielder, Daily Collegian
UMass field hockey hosts its first Atlantic 10 opponent of the season when Lock Haven comes through Amherst for a Friday afternoon contest that starts at 4 p.m. Game information is provided below for MinuteFans.
More news and statistics for the field hockey program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Daily Collegian reporter Matthew Zackman spoke with head coach Carla Tagliente and sophomore midfielder Hailey Cockrum after UMass field hockey defeated VCU, 4-1 on the road Sunday. Check out his recap of the game's action below:
UMass field hockey earns first Atlantic 10 win with 4-1 victory over VCU
UMass field hockey begins Atlantic 10 competition with a trip to Richmond on Friday, Sept. 26. The Minutewomen have won the most recent three meetings between the sides, but the Spiders lead the all-time series by the slimmest of margins, 12-11. Check out ways to follow along and more information about the teams below:
More information on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey is home for a pair of games this weekend! The Minutewomen host Connecticut first with a Friday, Sept. 19 game beginning at 4 p.m. on Garber Field. Admission is free!
Read more about the field hockey squad through UMassAthletics.com.
Daily Collegian staff reporter Matthew Zackman discussed the practice structure used by UMass field hockey recently - an aspect of the team's daily activity that often goes unnoticed in the public eye. Read about how head coach Carla Tagliente prepares the Minutewomen for each weekend's games below:
Walking through a week of practice with UMass field hockey | Daily Collegian
Two members of the University of Massachusetts field hockey program in Sarah Hawkshaw and Cliodhna Loughlin received name recognition in a recent story by Hook Hockey covering Irish natives competing in NCAA Division I field hockey. Read about Hawkshaw & Loughlin along with their fellow Irish competitors:
Nineteen Irish players signed up for 2014 US college season | Hook Hockey
Adam Birt of keepMEcurrent.com and the American Journal spoke with former UMass field hockey standout Hannah Prince (2010-13) recently about her experience training as part of the U.S. Field Hockey National Team, which Prince was elected to on June 25. Check it out:
"Hannah Prince, 2010 Gorham High School grad and field hockey standout, went on to play four superb years at UMass Amherst. On leaving college behind, she accepted a job as an assistant coach at Bryant University, in Smithfield, R.I. - a post she promptly had to depart, as she was selected to the U.S. women's national team, which, when she reported to training in Lancaster, Pa., on Monday, July 14, became her new, day-in, day-out occupation.
'It's crazy. It's like my full-time job,' she says of joining training camp. 'In college, you have class, living in the dorms, all these other aspects. This is such a structured lifestyle. The rate that I'll improve will be pretty steady, just because this is, really, my full-time job.'
Greg Prince, Hannah's father, never knew her talents would take her this far..."
Read the conclusion of Birt's feature story here. More on UMass field hockey is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The University of Massachusetts field hockey program had a pair of current Minutewomen compete at the 2014 U.S. Junior National Camp this week as Izzie Delario and Brooke Sabia participated in organized activities from July 6-9.
The duo continued a trend of current and former UMass field hockey players and coaches training or working with the U.S. National Program this summer. Eight Minutewomen competed at the 2014 Women's National Championship (June 16-21) before two more participated in the U21 Championship (June 22-25). In addition, head coach Carla Tagliente coached at the Women's National Championship while former all-American goalkeeper Alesha Widdall was with Team USA for the 2014 World Cup (May 31-June 15).
More on the Junior National Camp is available through TeamUSA.org. Keep up-to-date with everything UMass field hockey via UMassAthletics.com.
Saba Aziz of the Boston Herald sports staff wrote up a piece on UMass field hockey alumna Hannah Prince earning a spot on the United States National Team following the conclusion of the 2014 Women's National Championship. Check out what Prince and UMass head coach Carla Tagliente had to say below:
"As so often is the case in sports, when you dream big, good things happen. Former UMass-Amherst field hockey captain Hannah Prince is a prime example.
Prince, 22, realized her life-long dream of making the U.S National senior team last week, following the 2014 Women's National Championship contested at the Spooky Nook Sports complex in Lancaster, Pa. Prince joins 11 Olympians and seven newcomers on the 30-athlete roster, announced by U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham..."
The conclusion of the story is available through the Boston Herald website here. More on UMass field hockey is available on UMassAthletics.com.
A pair of rising-sophomore UMass field hockey student-athletes competed at the United States Under-21 National Championship during the previous week. Nicole Miller and Shauna Rankin-Byrne were members of Team USA during the four-squad tournament. TeamUSA.org has more information on the event:
Results: U21 & Futures Elite Championships
Teams: U21 Championship
Keep up-to-date with everything UMass field hockey through UMassAthletics.com.
University of Massachusetts graduate and former Minutewomen standout Hannah Prince (2010-13) was selected as one of 30 athletes for the United States Field Hockey National Team on Wednesday. Mike Lowe with the Portland Press Herald caught up with Prince to talk about her reaction to the selection and what she expects from the experience.
"Hannah Prince, a 2010 graduate of Gorham High School, has been selected to the U.S. women's national field hockey team.
Prince, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts this spring, will report to the national training center in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to begin workouts. The national team represents the U.S. in the Olympics, but Prince said the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro are far from her mind right now..."
Read the conclusion of Lowe's story through the Portland Press Herald website here. More on UMass field hockey is available on UMassAthletics.com.
Play was completed at the 2014 Field Hockey Women's National Championship Saturday, with USA-Eagle securing the title over USA-Freedom with a 2-1 shootout decision following a 1-1 tie through regulation. The U21 squad also defeated USA-Blue in a shootout, 3-1 after tying 4-4 in regulation action to earn third. USA-Red outpaced USA-Patriots, 3-2 for fifth while USA-White defeated USA-Courage, 4-3 for seventh. More on each Minutewoman who competed is below.
Renee Suter started in the midfield for USA-Eagle to help the squad earn the right to celebrate as the top finishers at the 2014 Women's National Championship. She helped lead her team against former teammate Alexa Sikalis, who started in the midfield for USA-Freedom.
Izzie Delario scored another goal for the U21 team, pushing the early lead to 2-0 with her strike in the 26th minute. Her tally helped the U21 side edge USA-Blue, who was led at the tournament by UMass head coach Carla Tagliente.
USA-Red, which featured former Minutewoman Kim Young and rising-junior Sam Carlino edged USA-Patriots and rising-sophomore Hailey Cockrum. Young and Cockrum both earned starts in the finale for both sides.
Hannah Prince and Brooke Sabia appeared in the starting lineup for USA-White and spurred the squad on to its one-goal win over USA-Courage, the only squad in the eight-team tournament that did not feature a connection to UMass field hockey.
More on UMass field hockey is available on UMassAthletics.com. Additional information on the 2014 Women's National Championship as well as updated on the U.S. National Team are available through TeamUSA.org.
After a day off to give the players rest, competition at the 2014 Women's National Championship continued on Friday, with all eight current or former Minutewomen in action again.
NFHCA All-Region and A-10 All-Conference standout Kim Young had the only goal as USA-Red defeated USA-Courage, 1-0. Rising-junior Sam Carlino, who has nine shutouts among her 33 wins at UMass, was the starting goalie responsible for blanks USA-Courage.
Renee Suter, who will start her senior year in 2014, started in the midfield and helped USA-Eagle to a 1-0 victory over the U21 squad and rising-sophomore Izzie Delario.
Alexa Sikalis, who graduated with the fourth-most assists in UMass history (31), started in the midfield for USA-Freedom against her former coach and the current leader of Massachusetts field hockey and the USA-Blue squad Carla Tagliente. USA-Freedom won the contest, 4-0.
USA-Patriots defeated USA-white, 2-1 with the help of rising-sophomore Hailey Cockrum, who rotated into the lineup in the fourth minute of play. Cockrum's squad outmatched a pair of Minutewomen in rising-junior Brooke Sabia and 2014 graduate Hannah Prince.
Saturday, June 21 is the final day of games at the 2014 Women's National Championship. USA-Freedom and USA-Eagle play for the top spot while the U21 team and USA-Blue battle in the bronze medal game. USA-Red and USA-Patriots face off in the 5th-6th place game while USA-White and USA-Courage will battle it out for the seven and eight spots.
More on the Women's National Championship is available on TeamUSA.org. Check out the latest news on UMass field hockey through UMassAthletics.com.
The 2014 edition of the U.S. Women's National Championship continued with its third day of action on Wednesday, June 18. Again, eight current and former Minutewomen competed as hopefuls for the 2014-15 United States Women's National Team.
Izzie Delario tallied her second goal of the tournament to help the U21 Team get by the USA-Red squad, 3-1. With U21 up one goal late, Delario iced the contest with her tally in the 60th minute to seal the win over USA-Red, which includes former UMass standout Kim Young and rising-junior Sam Carlino on its roster. The win improved the U21 team to 2-0-1 overall - good for second place with seven points through three days of competition.
USA-Blue and USA-White fought to a 1-1 tie through regulation. Former Minutewoman standout Hannah Prince and rising-junior Brooke Sabia compete for USA-White (1-1-1 overall, 4 points) while current UMass head coach Carla Tagliente guides USA-Blue (1-0-2, 5 points) on the sidelines.
Hailey Cockrum and the USA-Patriots squad cut a two-goal, second half deficit to one in the 41st minute, but was unable to complete the comeback against USA-Courage. The loss dropped USA-Patriots to 0-3-0 while USA-Courage improved to 1-2-0.
Alexa Sikalis and the USA-Freedom team blanked Renee Suter and USA-Eagle, 2-0 to run the squad's record to 3-0-0 while Sikalis' side has yet to allow a goal during competition at the Women's National Championship. USA-Freedom owns nine points to hold down first place in the eight-team tournament while the USA-Eagle squad is 2-1-0, good for third with six points.
Schedules, team rosters and results from the Women's National Championship are available on TeamUSA.org. More from UMass field hockey can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Action continued at the U.S. Field Hockey Women's National Championship on Tuesday with day No. 2 of competition for the eight current and former Minutewomen playing. Check out how each did:
The USA-White Team, including Hannah Prince and Brooke Sabia, defeated Sam Carlino and Kim Young, who compete for USA-Red, 2-1. Carlino, Prince and Sabia all started for their respective teams while Young entered the fray off the bench in the ninth minute of competition.
Carla Tagliente's USA-Blue Team and Pam Bustin's U21 squad played through full time tied at 1-1. The U21 group, which includes Izzie Delario, scored first in the 39th minute before USA-Blue answered in the 58th.
Alexa Sikalis and the USA-Freedom Team shut out USA-Courage, 3-0. Sikalis earned the start in the midfield for USA-Freedom and is wearing jersey No. 4 for the tournament.
The USA-Patriots Team featuring Hailey Cockrum dropped a 3-0 decision to Renee Suter and the USA-Eagles. Cockrum rotated into the lineup during the fifth minute while Suter was tabbed a starter.
More on the Women's National Championship can be found on TeamUSA.org. The most up-to-date information on UMass field hockey is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Eight current or former UMass field hockey student-athletes began competition at the 2014 U.S. Women's National Championship on Monday. The event serves as a proving-ground for potential members of the 2014-15 United States Women's National Team, with U.S. head coach Craig Parnham and the Women's National Team High Performance Staff on-site to evaluate competitors.
Izzie Delario and the U21 Team defeated USA-White, 6-1, as Delario tallied once to support her team and help the U21 Team out-match a pair of Delario's UMass teammates in Hannah Prince and Brooke Sabia.
Four-year standout and 2013 NFHCA All-American Alexa Sikalis helped lead Team Freedom to an 8-0 victory over Team Patriots and rising-sophomore Hailey Cockrum.
Current UMass head coach Carla Tagliente guided USA-Blue to a 6-2 win over USA-Red, which featured rising-junior Sam Carlino and former Minutewoman Kim Young.
Renee Suter, a 2014 team captain for Massachusetts, helped lead Team Eagles to a shutout of Team Courage, 3-0.
Additional ties to UMass field hockey abound at the event as Pam Bustin, a star on the pitch at UMass from 1985-88, serves as the head coach of the U21 team and former head coach Justine Sowry leads Team Patriots.
More information on the 2014 Women's National Championship is available through TeamUSA.org. Keep up-to-date with everything UMass field hockey through UMassAthletics.com.
Matt Weinstein of the Press & Sun Bulletin spoke with University of Massachusetts and Whitney Point (NY) High School graduate Alesha Widdall about being named to the U.S. Field Hockey National Team for the 2014 World Cup.
"As she read the email announcing the United States' World Cup field hockey team last week, Alesha Widdall could not help getting emotional when she saw her name among the roster.
'It's just an overwhelming sense of pride and accomplishment,' the 2008 Whitney Point graduate said. 'It's been a lifelong dream of mine to be on the national team and finally going to prestigious tournaments, and it's fun to be part of the process.'
"The 18-member American squad departed for the Netherlands on Saturday for the 12-team Women's Hockey World Cup starting on May 31. The Americans are making their first appearance at the event since 2006 after failing to qualify in 2010..."
Read the remainder of Weinstein's story through the Press & Sun Bulletin's website here. More on UMass field hockey is available through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey all-time great Judy Strong was named the head coach of the Western New England University Field Hockey program on Wednesday, as announced by WNEU Athletics.
At Massachusetts, Strong set the record for most points in a career at 202 on 88 goals and 26 assists. She also holds the record for most points in a single with 69 earned in 1980, while her 1979 and 1981 outputs are tied for the second-most accrued by a Minutewoman (58 points). Strong was the National Player of the Year in 1981 and earned three NFHCA All-America honors during her collegiate tenure. She simultaneously competed for the U.S. National Team during her time at UMass and made appearances at the 1980 and 1984 Olympic Games.
For the complete announcement, visit Western New England University's athletic website here. More on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com.
Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates previews the UMass field hockey NCAA Tournament First Round game against Virginia for MinuteFans. UMass is making its 24th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second in head coach Carla Tagliente's three seasons leading the program. The Minutewomen will face the Cavaliers on Saturday afternoon
with a chance to advance to the second round on the line.
After winning its second consecutive Atlantic 10 championship, the
No. 10 Massachusetts field hockey team will make its 24th appearance in
the NCAA Tournament on Saturday when it faces No. 7 Virginia in the
The Minutewomen (18-4, 7-0 A-10) enter the contest riding an 11-game
winning streak dating back to Oct. 2, when they defeated Northeastern
2-0. The Cavaliers (15-5, 3-3 ACC) have lost two straight, most recently
losing to Duke in the ACC quarterfinals.
UMass has prior experience playing ranked opponents this season, so
Minutewoman coach Carla Tagliente doesn't believe the challenge of
playing a top 10 team will overwhelm her squad...
Check out the rest of Kates' story on the Daily Collegian website
. More information on UMass field hockey can found through UMassAthletics.com
The University of Massachusetts field hockey squad wrapped up its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Richmond at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Jesse Mayfield Sheehan was at the game and has a recap of the action for MinuteFans.
Now that she's in her senior season, the playoffs no longer mean "do or die" for University of Massachusetts field hockey co-captain Hannah Prince. They now mean "do or your college career is over."
"It was an exciting day for us, knowing this could be my last game on Garber (Field)," Prince said.
But Prince's career isn't over yet, and the season isn't over for
UMass, as the Minutewomen defeated Richmond again this year by a score
of 2-1 to win their second straight A-10 Championship.
For UMass, it was the first set of back-to-back championships since
the 2007 and 2008 seasons. For coach Carla Tagliente, it was her second
championship in just three seasons with the team...
Read the rest of Mayfield Sheehan's story through MassLive.com here
. More information on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com
Jason Kates with the Daily Collegian
spoke to head coach Carla Tagliente in anticipation of the Minutewomen hosting the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship at Garber Field on Friday, Nov. 8 and Saturday, Nov. 9. UMass enters the event as the No. 1 seed.
On Friday afternoon, the No. 12 Massachusetts field hockey team
begins its quest for back-to-back Atlantic 10 titles as it takes on
Virginia Commonwealth at Garber Field for the semifinal round of the
The Minutewomen (16-4, 7-0 A-10), who received the No. 1 seed after
going undefeated in conference play for the first time since the 2010-11
season, already beat the Rams (10-9, 4-3) at home, 3-1, in their first
meeting this year. And will do it on an even bigger stage Friday.
UMass coach Carla Tagliente believes playing at home is advantageous for her team, especially in the playoffs...
Read the rest of Kates' story on the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey and the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship is available through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey used a late rally and clutch overtime goal to defeat Saint Francis (Pa.) 4-3 on the road to clinch an undefeated A-10 regular season on Sunday. Freshman Izzie Delario
provided two goals to spur the offense as UMass reached 16-4 overall and 7-0 in Atlantic 10 games. Jason Kates recapped the game for the Daily Collegian
The No.12 Massachusetts field hockey team concluded its
regular season with a come from behind victory against St. Francis 4-3
With the win, the Minutewomen finish
undefeated record in A-10 play for the 12th time in school history and
now set their sights on a second consecutive A-10 title on Friday at
Garber Field for the conference semifinals.
"Going undefeated in conference play is something this team
set out to do since day one, and they should be very proud of
themselves," UMass coach Carla Tagliente said. "Getting back at home on
our surface for the tournament is a huge advantage, so it's important
that we recover physically and continue to push forward."
Izzie Delario led the way with a pair of goals, including the game-winner at the 79:35 mark during the extra period...
The remainder of Kates' story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey is available through UMassAthletics.com.
The Daily Collegian's Jesse Mayfield Sheehan previews field hockey's weekend as they take on Lock Haven and Saint Francis with hopes of clinching the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Championship.
staff writer Jason Kates caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente
, senior defender Hannah Prince
and sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino
for a weekend recap. The Minutewomen won a thriller, 2-1 over Richmond on penalty strokes following double-overtime on Friday before taking a 3-1 victory from VCU on Sunday.
Just two days after defeating conference rival Richmond in a penalty
shootout, the No. 12 Massachusetts field hockey team was victorious once
again, this time defeating Virginia Commonwealth 3-1.
The Minutewomen (14-4, 5-0 Atlantic 10) used three different goal
scorers to get the better of the Rams (8-9, 2-3 A-10), with senior
Hannah Prince scoring the eventual game winner just two minutes into the
Although her team got the win, UMass coach Carla Tagliente said the outcome of the game left a lot to be desired...
The rest of Kates' story can be found on the Daily Collegian website. The most up-to-date information on the field hockey program can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Jesse Mayfield Sheehan previews UMass field hockey's upcoming weekend for the Daily Collegian
as the Minutewomen prepare for a challenging slate that includes Richmond on Friday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. and VCU on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Noon. Both games will be played at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., where admission is free.
The No. 12 Massachusetts field hockey team will host two of its
toughest Atlantic 10 conference opponents this weekend, including its
biggest rival in the league.
On Friday, the Minutewomen will host Richmond at 1 p.m., and on Sunday, the team will host Virginia Commonwealth at noon.
UMass (12-4, 3-0 A-10) has a long history of competing with the
Spiders (10-5, 3-0) for dominance in the A-10. The two teams have won
every conference championship dating back to 1996, with Richmond
claiming seven titles in that period while the Minutewomen won 10, including last year's title, in which they defeated the Spiders, 5-0...
The conclusion of Mayfield Sheehan's story can be found through the Daily Collegian website
. More information on the field hockey program can be found through UMassAthletics.com
Jason Kates with the Daily Collegian
spoke to UMass field hockey junior midfielder Renee Suter
and head coach Carla Tagliente
recently to discuss Suter's emergence as a scoring threat for the Minutewomen as Suter has provided 11 points on five goals and an assist in the previous four games.
It all started for sophomore midfielder Renee Suter on Oct. 6 in a
non-conference game against in-state rival Boston University.
With the No. 10 Massachusetts field hockey team trailing 1-0 in the
second half, Suter stepped up and smashed two penalty corner goals to
give her team the 2-1 lead, and eventually the win.
Suter, who has started 12 out of 16 games this season, now has five
goals in four games and hopes to extend this offensive display well into
MinuteFans can read the rest of the story through the Daily Collegian website
. More information on UMass field hockey can be found through through UMassAthletics.com
Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente
and junior midfielder Renee Suter
to recap the 3-1 victory at Boston University on Sunday. With the win, UMass improved to 9-4 on the season at the conclusion of the non-conference portion of the 2013 schedule. Suter produced two goals, including the game-winner, to lead to charge against the Terriers.
The No. 13 Massachusetts field hockey team scored three unanswered
goals in the second half to defeat in-state rival Boston University 3-1
on Sunday afternoon in the final non-conference game of the season.
A two-goal performance from junior midfielder Renee Suter led the way
for the Minutewomen (9-4), tallying her first collegiate multi-goal
game. UMass coach Carla Tagliente was proud of the way her midfielder
stepped up and played a crucial part in the victory...
The conclusion of the story can be found through the Daily Collegian website. More information on UMass field hockey is available on UMassAthletics.com.
writer Jason Kates has a weekend preview covering UMass field hockey, which hosts New Hampshire on Friday at 4 p.m. and No. 2 Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Minutewomen will look to defend Garber Field during the two-game slate as the squad is 4-0 at home this season.
With two games remaining in a three-game homestand, the
seventh-ranked Massachusetts field hockey team continues to find success
at Garber Field, as it has started out the season 4-0 at home.
The Minutewomen (7-2), coming off of a 5-1 win over Hoftra on Sunday,
hope to make Garber Field a place where opponents dread going into
conference play. UMass coach Carla Tagliente believes that the level of
familiarity a home field brings to a team is one of the main reasons for
her team's great start...
Read the rest of Kates' story on the Daily Collegian website here. More information on the field hockey program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian recapped UMass' 5-1 victory over Hofstra on Sunday afternoon, highlighting the success of the offense, especially the penalty corner unit...
In its two losses this season, the No. 7 Massachusetts field hockey team was done in by a lack of shot attempts offensively.Brooke Sabia wouldn't let it happen again on Sunday.
The sophomore scored two goals on 11 shots to lead the Minutewomen to
a 5-1 win over Hofstra at Garber Field in the first leg of a three-game
The remainder of Kates' story is available through the Daily Collegian website. More information on the UMass field hockey program can be found on UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey opened the 2013 season with a 6-1 record and jumped to the No. 7 spot in the national rankings thanks in part to the strong play of the defensive unit. Daily Collegian
reporter Jason Kates takes a closer look at the defense and examines how the group has fared and what has made it successful through seven games.
The No. 7 Massachusetts field hockey team is off to a 6-1 start, and it has its defense to thank for the early success.
Senior Hannah Prince (six points) and Lauren Allymohamed (four
points) have served as the anchors of the defense, which has held their
opponents to one goal per game.
One of the things that UMass coach Carla Tagliente is looking for from her defense is organization.
"I think it's very important to be organized early on and for each
player to find out their marking responsibilities right away," Tagliente
said. "Early pressure on the ball is also very important, and just
making sure our defenders are mobile and not standing still. We just try
and use every ounce of athleticism that we can."
Putting pressure on the opponent's offense has always been a part of
Tagliente's style, and is one of the key components of UMass' strong
The rest of Kates' story can be found on the Daily Collegian website here. Fans can also keep up with the team through UMassAthletics.com.
UMass field hockey (6-1 overall) continues its challenging non-conference schedule with a game at regional rival and No. 3 nationally ranked Connecticut (5-0). Daily Collegian
staff writer Jesse Mayfield-Sheehan previews the contest while highlighting the successes of both programs this season.
The 7th-ranked Massachusetts field hockey team will be taking on one
of its toughest opponents so far on Wednesday when the team travels to
3rd-ranked Connecticut.The Huskies (5-0) come into the matchup with one of the strongest
defenses in the nation, allowing just one goal per game through their
first five games...
The remainder of the article is featured on the Daily Collegian
More information on UMass field hockey can be found through UMassAthletics.com
reporter Jason Kates spoke to UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente as part of a weekend recap covering participation at the Syracuse Invitational. The Minutewomen fell to No. 6 Syracuse, 2-1 on Friday before defeating Ohio State, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
An early second half goal by sophomore Brooke Sabia gave the No. 7
Massachusetts field hockey team a 1-0 victory over Ohio State Saturday
afternoon in the Syracuse Invitational.
After a scoreless first half, Sabia scored her eighth goal of the
season off a penalty corner assisted by senior Alexa Sikalis and
freshman Charlotte Verelst about nine minutes into the second half to
give UMass (6-1) a lead it would not surrender.
Just one day after losing a hard fought battle to No. 6 Syracuse,
UMass coach Carla Tagliente was happy with the way her team bounced back
against the Buckeyes (2-3)...
The remainder of the story can be read on the Daily Collegian
. More information on the Minutewomen is available through UMassAthletics.com
Portland Press Herald
staff writer Steve Craig caught up with Gorham, Maine, native and UMass field hockey senior Hannah Prince
to highlight Prince's success in the college game as well as internationally. The 5-foot-3 defender has started every contest since her arrival at the University of Massachusetts in 2010 and had the opportunity to compete with the United States U-21 National Team at the Junior World Cup in Germany this summer alongside Minutewomen teammate Sam Carlino
University of Massachusetts field hockey coach Carla Tagliente says
she isn't sure how far her senior captain Hannah Prince of Gorham can
go in the game.
"But she won't ever be let down by her own effort," said
Tagliente, a three-time All-American at Maryland and former USFHA Player
of the Year. "Nothing really deters her and there are very few players
that really have that sort of drive."
A defender for No. 7
nationally ranked Massachusetts, Prince is coming off a summer stint as a
member of the United States U21 team that competed in the Junior World
Cup in Germany, which finished seventh among 16 teams...
The full story by Craig is available through the Portland Press Herald website here
. More information on UMass field hockey, including a 2013 schedule and team statistics, can be found on UMassAthletics.com
staff reporter Jason Kates spoke with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente
recently for a story highlighting the success of the program against ranked opposition during the previous two seasons and what contests against top-level foes means for the program. In that time frame, the Minutewomen have eight victories against National Field Hockey Coaches Association Top-20 team, including wins over No. 9 Michigan and No. 19 Boston College through five games of the 2013 season.
The Massachusetts field hockey team has made a habit of overcoming ranked opponents in recent years.
UMass knocked off six teams ranked in the Top 25 last season on its
way to the NCAA Tournament and have already beaten two ranked opponents
just five games into 2013.
The seventh-ranked Minutewomen (5-0) will have a shot at win No. 3
over ranked teams when they take on No. 6 Syracuse - a team they played
twice last season, winning one at home and losing the other in the
Tournament - on Friday at 3 p.m.
Why so many nationally-ranked opponents?
According to UMass coach Carla Tagliente, it's a perfect measuring stick for her team early in the season...
The remainder of the story is available on the Daily Collegian
. Information on the University of Massachusetts field hockey program can be found through UMassAthletics.com
UMass field hockey, which recently moved up to No. 7 in the national poll, faces a tough weekend slate, including No. 6 Syracuse and Ohio State on Sept. 13-14. Daily Collegian
reporter Jesse Mayfield Sheehan previews the weekend with a focus on the early-season numbers for all sides.
The 7th-ranked Massachusetts field hockey team will have a chance for
payback on Friday, as they visit No. 6 Syracuse, the team that knocked
them out of the NCAA Tournament last season.
Despite the recent history between the two teams (which also includes
UMass defeating the Orange, who were ranked No. 1 at the time, earlier
last year), coach Carla Tagliente said that the team is focused on the
The entire preview can be read through the Daily Collegian website here
. More information on UMass field hockey, including a season schedule, updated statistics and important team information, is available here
Daily Collegian staff writer Jason Kates caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente
this week to discuss the early production of the offense and its impact on the Minutewomen opening the season with five consecutive victories.
Despite losing several leading scorers from last year to graduation,
the Massachusetts field hockey team hasn't lost a beat offensively.
UMass has tallied 18 goals on 88 shots through the first five games of the season, 59 of which have been on goal.Sophomore Brooke Sabia has led the Minutewomen (5-0) this season with
seven goals so far. UMass is averaging 3.6 goals per game while
allowing just one per game defensively.
UMass coach Carla Tagliente has attributed this great start not just
to the recent performances of Sabia, but to efforts of the entire team...
Read the full story here
. More information on UMass field hockey can be found through UMassAthletics.com
correspondents Marvin Pave and Lorenzo Recupero caught up with UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente
and Minutewomen senior co-captain and Acton-Boxborough Regional High School graduate Alexa Sikalis
for a story recently. Sikalis was a co-captain of the Acton-Boxborough team that won the 2009 Division I Massachusetts Title, along with current Babson field hockey standout Julia Pochini, and both have found success on the field since their high school graduation that year.
As senior captains, Julia Pochini and Alexa
Sikalis led the field hockey team at Acton-Boxborough Regional to the
Division 1 state title in 2009.
The two are captains once again, as starters
in the midfield -- Sikalis at the University of Masschusetts Amherst, the
14th-ranked program in Division 1, and Pochini at Babson College, the
defending regular-season champion in the NEWMAC.
Sikalis, who set the career scoring mark at
A-B her senior season, started all 24 games at UMass last season,
finishing with three goals and six assists in a march to the NCAA
Pochini, who has started every game since her
freshman year for the Division 3 program in Wellesley, enhanced her role
as a go-to player at center-mid with six goals and seven assists last
The full story is available to Boston Globe
/Boston.com subscribers here
. More information on UMass field hockey, including a 2013 season schedule and team statistics, can be found through UMassAthletics.com here
Former UMass field hockey student-athlete Sarah Williams
has been named the head coach at nearby Northampton High School recently. Williams played four seasons with the Minutewomen from 2006-09, playing in 31 games as a goalkeeper.
For the third time in as many seasons, the Northampton High School field hockey team has a new coach.
Former University of Massachusetts goaltender Sarah Williams takes the
helm this season, a year after the Blue Devils made an underdog run to
the finals of the Western Massachusetts Division I tournament.
While seven seniors graduated from that squad, a solid core returns as
Northampton looks to contend for the Central Division championship and
to perhaps make another run deep into November...
Read the whole story by Jason Remilliard through the Springfield Republican here
. More information on UMass field hockey, including a schedule for the current season and recent releases related to the team, can be found through UMassAtheltics.com here
Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian has a story on the field hockey program and how the team is once again looking to repeat as Atlantic 10 Champions.
Last season was a memorable one for the Minutewomen, who accumulated a 15-9 record that included an Atlantic 10 title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Cade Belisle/Daily Collegian
Now, it must build on last year's success and live up to lofty preseason expectations. The Minutewomen enter the year with 15 returners and earned seven of eight possible first-place votes to repeat as A-10 champions.
Although they lost several top scorers due to graduation, Tagliente believes her squad will still maintain the high-powered offense that averaged just below three goals a game last season.
Jason Kates of the Daily Collegian has a story which features Sam Carlino and how her time this summer with the Under-21 U.S. National Team and how that helped her development heading into the 2013 field hockey season for UMass.
"I definitely gained very valuable experience on the international level," Carlino said. "The game is just so much faster and more competitive, and everyone there is incredibly talented. Just to learn from my coaches and other teammates about the game as a whole will definitely help me in the future and hopefully elevate my game to the next level."
staff writer Jason Kates was in attendance for the inaugural Kennedy Cup on Tuesday evening to see the Minutewomen field hockey squad defeat UMass-Lowell, 6-0 on Garber Field. Kates spoke with UMass head coach Carla Tagliente and sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia, who scored two goals including the game-winner, as part of the recap.
AMHERST, Mass. - Fresh off an upset victory over No. 9 Michigan, the Massachusetts
field hockey team dominated in its home opener on Tuesday, defeating
in-state rival UMass Lowell, 6-0, and claiming the inaugural Kennedy
Paced by sophomore Brooke Sabia's second straight two-goal game, the
14th-ranked Minutewomen (3-0) didn't take long to open up the scoring.
Sabia scored her first goal of the game seven minutes and 38
seconds into the first half on a rebound over the goalkeeper after her
initial shot was saved. Just under 15 minutes later, she tallied her
second goal of the game on a penalty corner, set up by Alexa Sikalis and
Fans can read the rest of the article through the Daily Collegian website here. The Minutewomen return to the field on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. against in-state rival Boston College. Admission to the contest is free.
A pair of local photographers were present for the inaugural Kennedy Cup, in which the University of Massachusetts field hockey team defeated UMass-Lowell
, 6-0 at Garber Field on Tuesday evening. To chronicle the evening, Thom Kendall provided a gallery on on UMassAthletics.com
while J. Anthony Roberts attended the event for the Springfield Republican and MassLive.com
The Minutewomen return to action on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. as Harvard visits Garber Field. Admission to all home games is free of charge.
Jesse Mayfield Sheehan of the Daily Collegian noted the offensive development of sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia
and the results it has netted the UMass field hockey team through three games of the 2013 season in a recent post. Sabia tallied her second consecutive two-goal performance on Tuesday evening as the Minutewomen defeated UMass-Lowell to improve to 3-0 on the year.
AMHERST, Mass. - After the Massachusetts field hockey team lost its top three goal
scorers to graduation last year, there was much speculation about who
would step up for the team on offense.
Three games into this season, the team seems to have found a player
who can lead the attack. Sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia recorded her
second straight multi-goal game of the season on Tuesday against UMass
Lowell, bringing her season total up to a team-leading four goals...
Fans can read the entire story through the Daily Collegian's website here.The Minutewomen return to action with a home game against Harvard on Friday, Sept. 6, at 5 p.m. Admission is free of charge for all.
Former UMass field hockey student-athlete Kate Heineman
(2009-12) joined the coaching ranks recently as Dartmouth College announced the Massachusetts graduate as the newest addition to their 2013 staff. Heineman completed her playing career in 2012 by helping the Minutewomen to the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Ellicott City, Md., native tallied 29 career points for UMass on seven goals and 15 assists. Heineman had her best individual season as a senior, producing 14 points on two goals and 10 assists while adding a trio of defensive saves.
Read the full release from Dartmouth Athletics here
The University of Massachusetts Minutewomen will begin their A-10 title defense against Maine on Aug. 30 and Michigan the following day as part of the University of Maine Invitational. The Maroon and White will complete their first home contest of the year against UMass-Lowell on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. Admission to all of UMass' home field hockey games will be free of charge. A full schedule is available here
Heineman is the second member of her graduating class to earn a NCAA Division I coaching position this summer, joining Callie Sweigart, who was hired by the Minutewomen
Former UMass field hockey standout Jill Powers
was recently named the head coach at Becker College in Leicester, Mass. Powers recorded 64 points during four years of collegiate field hockey, playing the 2006-07 seasons at Rhode Island before joining the Minutewomen for 2008-09. Powers best individual season came in 2008, when the Leominster, Mass., native recorded 21 points on nine goals and three assists while helping UMass to an NCAA Tournament appearance.
The official Becker College release is available here
while Chad Garner reported on the hiring for the Sentinel & Enterprise here
UMass field hockey opens its season with a contest at the University of Maine on Friday, Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. The home-opener is set for Tuesday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m., when the Minutewomen host UMass-Lowell. More information on the upcoming campaign can be found through the UMass Athletic Department website here
UMass field hockey senior Hannah Prince
was one of three Minutewomen in action at the 2013 Field Hockey Junior World Cup, held from July 27-Aug. 4, in Mochengladbach, Germany. Recently, Prince sat down with TeamUSA.org to discuss through a Q&A segment what it meant to her to be able to represent the United States internationally. Over the duration of four years Hannah Prince, a rising senior at University of Massachusetts, read the word 'no' as 'try again.' Prince, a Junior and Senior High Performance athlete, has been vying for an opportunity to compete on an international tour since 2009. Although it has been within her grasp, Prince has never made a roster to represent the United States abroad at the Under-21 level...
Read the Q&A session with Hannah through the Team USA website here
The 2013 Junior World Cup was an amazing experience! It was the first time playing on the U.S. Under-21 National Team for both of us. We are so proud to have been able to wear 'USA' across our jerseys and represent not just our country but also the University of Massachusetts and the Minutewomen field hockey program.
UMass field hockey senior Hannah Prince
and sophomore Sam Carlino
completed their competition with the United States U-21 National Team at the Junior World Cup on Sunday as the squad earned a seventh place finish. Below are Carlino and Prince's thoughts on their time with the U.S. U-21 Team...
We finished the tournament in seventh place among 16 participating teams and defeated South Africa, 4-2 in our final game this morning. After all our hard work throughout the tournament and leading up to it, we truly stepped up today to take the early lead. Putting the ball in the back of the goal was something our team struggled with at times during this tournament, so having that ability today really showed our teamwork and discipline.
Tomorrow we travel back to the United States eager to get back out on the field for our preseason with our UMass teammates and start off this year stronger than ever! - Hannah & Sam
For more information of the U.S. Under-21 National Team and its performance at the Junior World Cup, check out the International Hockey Federation's event webpage
, which holds team results and recaps as well as photo galleries and general tournament information.
UMass field hockey begins the 2013 season with a pair of games at the University of Maine Invitational from Aug. 30-31. The Minutewomen will host UMass-Lowell for their home-opener on Tuesday, Sept. 3. More information on the program can be found through the official UMass Athletics website here
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
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
The University of Massachusetts and head coach Carla Tagliente announced the addition
of midfielder and forward Izzie Delario
on Thursday morning. Delario is an incoming-freshman who will start her collegiate career during the 2012 spring semester after graduating high school early. Delario brings a wealth of playing experience to Amherst as the 5-foot-5 attacking player has already found success at the high school, club and national levels.
Delario went 72-3-0 during high school competition, capping the four-year starter's career with regional and academic All-America honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. In tandem with her scholastic success, Delario played for the WC Eagles club program and earned a U19 National Championship with the squad while also competing for the U17 U.S. Junior National Team.
"We are very excited for Izzie to join the program," Tagliente said. "To be able to
graduate and come to college a semester early requires a tremendous
amount of hard work, discipline, maturity and excellence in and out of
the classroom. Izzie embodies all of that, but what's most impressive is
her character. She is a great person and will make this program better
on and off the field."
UMass field hockey will announce the rest of its incoming signees during the NCAA's national signing period in February.
With their 2-1 overtime victory vs. Rider (15-6 overall) on Tuesday, the Minutewomen field hockey team earned the right to participate in the upcoming 2012 NCAA Tournament. UMass will make its 23rd appearance in the event when the Minutewomen face #5 Syracuse (17-2) at host-Penn State University on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m.
Harry Plumer recounted the dramatic final moments
of UMass' NCAA Tournament Play-In Game victory over the Broncs for the Springfield Republican
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette looks forward to the NCAA Tournament First Round contest
with #5 Syracuse while reviewing the nail-biting victory over Rider that secured the Minutewomen their berth into NCAAs.
Peter Cappiello recapped the play-in game
for the Daily Collegian
and highlighted how team unity has helped the Minutewomen to secure its recent success on the field.
Check on UMassAthletics.com
to keep up-to-date on UMass' participation in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
With their 5-0 drubbing of #16 nationally ranked and #1 seed Richmond to earn the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship on Saturday afternoon, the UMass field hockey team earned the right to host an NCAA Tournament play-in game against Rider University on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. on Garber Field.
Greg Cameron of the Springfield Republican recapped the championship victory
while Harry Plumer previews the upcoming play-in contest
with a look at the exceptional play of senior defender Thando Zono.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette
was also present for UMass' 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and highlighted Zono and the scoring ability the Minutewomen possess
Peter Cappiello highlighted the impact Zono had while discussing UMass' 5-0 victory over Richmond
More coverage of the upcoming contest with Rider can be found through UMassAthletics.com
, including a link for live stats
The UMass field hockey team and its home facility - Garber Field - will
serve as the host for the 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament
beginning Friday, Nov. 2 at 11 a.m. The Minutewomen enter competition as
the No.2-seeded squad and will face No. 3 seed Temple during the
semifinal round of play at 2 p.m. on Friday. Below are a few links
related to the event...
The Atlantic 10 Conference
has set up a page on its website with information related to the event for fans.
as the host of the event, will also provide coverage of the entire
championship through UMassAthletics.com
and a tournament central
page, including live statistics and
Peter Cappiello spoke to the UMass field hockey team to preview this weekend's action
for the Daily Collegian
Harry Plumer of the Springfield Republican
stopped by practice this week to speak with a few members of the squad in anticipation of the championship
With the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 2, the conference announced its regular season award winners on Thursday. Seven members of the UMass program combined to earn 12 laurels this season - the most of any team in the A-10.
Sophomore Lauren Allymohamed
was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year - the fourth consecutive season a UMass student-athlete earned the laurel - while second-year head coach Carla Tagliente
was named the Coach of the Year.
Read up more on each of the awards UMass received here
or through the official Atlantic 10 release
The UMass field hockey team continued its strong second-half performance on the 2012 season with a pair of road victories against A-10 foes La Salle, 4-1
and Saint Joseph's, 5-1
to move the squad's undefeated streak to five consecutive games. The Minutewomen now own a 10-8 overall record and 4-1 mark in conference play entering the final regular season weekend.
As a result of the recent success, UMass has gone from unranked in to NFHCA Top-25 Poll to holding down the No. 18 spot in the current standings
The pair of wins also netted the Minutewomen three individual honors
as senior forward Nicole Cordero was named A-10 Player of the Week, freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino totaled A-10 Rookie of the Week and senior defender Thando Zono tallied Co-UMass Athlete of the Week laurels.
Matt Levine of The Daily Collegian has the recap for this weekend's action
After three games in four days, the UMass field hockey team recorded an undefeated week that included a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 1 Syracuse and a pair of A-10 Conference victories. The three-game winning streak earned the team and a few of its individual players considerable praise this week...
Mike Moran covered the victory over No. 1 Syracuse
for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian
recapped the hard-fought upset of No. 1 Syracuse
, which included a goal for the ages
from senior defender Thando Zono.
J. Anthony Roberts provided a photo gallery
and Harry Plumer added a short recap
for the Springfield Republican
following the defeat of No. 1 Syracuse.
Matt Levine with the Daily Collegian
had coverage of UMass' strong play against conference opponents
The Atlantic 10 Conference named Zono to its players of the week
listing for her efforts while sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed was named the UMass Athlete of the Week
the final horn to Friday's field hockey contest against Vermont sounded, the
Minutewomen cleared the field with a 10-1 blowout victory over the visiting
Catamounts. Nicole Cordero, Kim Young and Thando Zono totaled multi-goal performances against Vermont, with Zono adding a pair of a assists to lead the game with six points. Molly MacDonnell, Brooke Sabia, Alexa Sikalis and Renee Suter each added one goal during play. In addition to Zono, Hannah Prince, Sikalis and Callie Sweigart each recorded a pair of assists while Marisa Dunn, Kate Heineman and Noralie Weisthuis chipped in an assist each.
The show of offensive force by UMass is rarely seen at the
collegiate level and had only occurred in the history of the program on a few
occasions. Here is a look at how rare the feat of totaling double-digit goals
is in the history of the illustrious program...
Previously, the UMass Minutewomen field hockey program has recorded 10 or more
goals in only two contests in the 38 years the program has existed. Once on
Oct. 25, 1979 against Smith College (11-1 victory) and again on Oct. 25, 2009
at Saint Louis (10-1 victory).
After a 30-year span of not recording double-digit goals (1979-2009; 650
games), the Minutewomen went only 53 contests since routing Saint Louis in 2009
before matching the feat against Vermont.
Since the 11-1 win over Smith College pre-dates the modern collegiate
athletics era, the 10-goal outing against Vermont ranks as only the second such
double-digit goal effort against a NCAA Division-I opponent.
In all of Division-I field hockey this season there have only been seven
games where a team has scored more than 10 goals, with UMass' performance
against Vermont tying for the second-most this season behind Virginia's 14-goal
outing vs. Towson.
In tandem with the number of goals scored, UMass recorded a tie for the
second-most points notched in a single game with the win over Vermont. The 31
points by the Minutewomen has been equaled this year on four occasions across
Division-I, while only being eclipsed once (Virginia vs. Towson).
The Minutewomen return to action at Garber Field with a 2 p.m. contest against the University of Maine on Sunday, Sept. 30. Admission to all home field hockey contests is free.
The UMass field hockey team will be entering the heart of a six-game homestand in the coming days, the longest such stay at Garber Field on the season. After hosting No. 7 Northeastern on Friday evening, the Minutewomen will challenge No. 11 Boston University on Tuesday, Sept. 18 a 4 p.m.
Initially set to be an evening contest, the start time was moved up to 4 p.m. in accordance with the current university avoidance of nighttime activity due to concerns over mosquito-borne illnesses
such as West Nile Virus. The contest against Vermont scheduled for Friday, Sept. 21 will also begin at 4 p.m.
For fans who are unable to make it to Garber Field at 4 p.m. for the contest with BU, the University of Massachusetts will offer live statistics
and a web streaming
of the game.
In its most recent contest, Thando Zono recorded a last-minute goal to extend the game into overtime, where UMass (3-4 overall) eventually fell to Northeastern (6-0), 4-3 in the 77th minute. Peter Cappiello of The Daily Collegian
recapped the excitement of the contest
When Nicole Cordero notched the overtime game-winner at No. 17 Boston College
on Sunday, the UMass field hockey squad improved to 3-1 on the season. Each of the three wins have come over teams ranked in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Top-25 Poll.
Read up on how the team has been recognized for the early-season success below:
The NFHCA noticed UMass' success and awarded the Minutewomen the No.19 spot
in their national rankings this week. Senior midfielder Kim Young also received accolades following a pair of goals and an assist on the weekend, taking home UMass Athlete of the Week honors.
Peter Cappiello of The Daily Collegian
focused on how U.S. National Team player and UMass assistant coach Shannon Taylor is helping improve the current squad
Matt Levine of The Daily Collegian
discussed the squad's determination to focus on individual and team-wide improvement
. Levine also reviewed the 2-1 overtime victory at No. 17 Boston College
The Minutewomen will continue to face top-notch competition as the team heads to No. 3-ranked Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 8 for an 11 a.m. contest. Follow along with the game through live stats
. The contest will also be streamed online as a radio broadcast
hosted by Maryland's radio network, WMUC.
The UMass field hockey had an outstanding opening weekend to 2012, coming home from Durham, N.H. with a pair of 2-1 overtime wins over #18 New Hampshire and #15 Ohio State.
Both the Daily Collegian and the Daily Hampshire Gazette had coverage of the contests:
Daily Collegian: Field hockey tops No. 18 UNH in OT
Daily Collegian: Hannah Prince nets another OT winner, pushes UMass past No. 15 Ohio State
Daily Hampshire Gazette: UMass field hockey beats No. 18 UNH in opener
Former UMass women's basketball standouts Tamara and Alisha Tatham and UMass field hockey assistant coach Shannon Taylor began action at the Olympics over the weekend.
Canada dropped a close game with Russia, 58-53 on Saturday. Tamara Tatham played 25 minutes and totaled four points, five rebounds and two steals. Alisha Tatham saw nine minutes of action.
Canada Women's Basketball Remaining Schedule
Monday, July 30 vs. Great Britain - 3:00 PM EST
Wednesday, Aug. 1 vs. France - 4:00 AM EST
Friday, Aug. 3 vs. Brazil - 9:30 AM EST
Sunday, Aug. 5 vs. Australia - 9:30 AM EST
Taylor and USA Field Hockey dropped a 2-1 decision to Germany yesterday. She played 52 minutes and had one of USA's seven shots.
USA Field Hockey Remaining Schedule
Tuesday, Aug. 31 vs. Argentina - 2:00 PM EST
Thursday, Aug. 2 vs. Australia - 5:45 AM EST
Saturday, Aug. 4 vs. New Zealand - 2:00 PM EST
Monday, Aug. 6 vs. South Africa - 5:45 AM EST
Live streaming coverage of all events can be found here via NBC.
The NCAA Field Hockey Championship starts this weekend and, as was announced on Tuesday's selection show, a pair of UMass alumnae will face each other in the first round. Former UMass All-Americans Pam Bustin and Tara (Jelley) Danielson are the head coaches at Duke and Stanford, respectively, and will face each other on Saturday at Old Dominion's Powhatan Sports Center in Norfok, Va.
Bustin, a First Team All-American with UMass in 1988 as well as an Olympian in 1996, is in her first year as head coach of the No. 6 Blue Devils (13-7, 2-3 ACC) after serving the same position at Louisville for 13 years. Her job with the Cardinals was filled by former UMass head coach Justine Sowry.
Danielson is in her second year at the helm for No. 10 Stanford (17-3, 6-0 NorPac). UMass' 1993 All-American was a member of the US National Team for several years. The Greenfield native coached against her alma mater a year ago in the NCAA play-in game, defeating UMass 2-1 to earn her first NCAA bid. The Minutewomen would earn an at-large bid that season.
Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian has the recap of Friday's A-10 semifinal loss by the field hockey team to Temple, 4-0 at St. Joe's. It proved to be the final career game for seniors Christine Cutry, Amanda Dietz, Nikki Panciocco, and Alesha Widdall, the 2011 Conference Defensive Player of the Year. The class finishes its career with a 51-33 overall record, a 21-4 conference record, and two A-10 Championships and NCAA Tournaments.
UM falls to Temple in A-10 semifinals - Daily Collegian
Matt Strong of the Daily Collegian has a story in today's issue taking an in-depth look at Friday's field hockey home finale at Garber Field against Richmond. The Minutewomen (5-0 A-10) sit one game ahead of Temple (4-1) and a game and a half up on the Spiders (3-1) going into this final conference tilt. The UMass/Richmond game is always a good one as the two teams have combined to win the last 15 A-10 Championships.
Minutewomen look to clinch Atlantic 10 title - Daily Collegian
Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian previews UMass field hockey's big game on Friday against Richmond. The Minutewomen, 5-0 and alone in first by one game in the Atlantic 10 standings, close out conference play and their home schedule against the Spiders at Garber Field at 1 p.m. Friday will also be Senior Day, with Christine Cutry, Amanda Dietz, Nikki Panciocco, and Alesha Widdall all being honored prior to the game.
"I think this group of seniors is just very resilient, take everything in stride and just always keep competing and understand that nothing comes easy and they have to work for it," said UMass coach Carla Tagliente.
Minutewomen playing for title, seniors - Daily Collegian
Michael Counos of the Daily Collegian has a story on the UMass field hockey team's 2-0 weekend that vaulted them alone into first place in the Atlantic 10 standings at 5-0. The Minutewomen defeated La Salle at home 2-0 and then went to previously unbeaten in A-10 play Temple, winning 2-1 in overtime in an impressive come-from-behind win.
"Our confidence is pretty high right now, once A-10 play started we had a new mind-set and knew that we needed to play well to move on to the postseason," said senior All-American goalie Alesha Widdall.
The Minutewomen close A-10 play on Friday when they host Richmond on Senior Day at Garber Field at 1 p.m.
Minutewomen sit atop A-10 standings - Daily Collegian
Happy birthday to field hockey player Kate Heineman!
Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a preview of the the field hockey team's critical pair of Atlantic 10 Conference games this weekend. The Minutewomen host La Salle this afternoon at 3 p.m. at Garber Field before heading to Philly to face Temple on Sunday in a clash of 3-0 teams entering the weekend tied atop the A-10 standings.
If you can't make it out to Garber for today's game, you can watch it live on UMass All-Access
Minutewomen take on La Salle, Temple this weekend - Daily Collegian