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:
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:
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..."
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.
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..."
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:
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..."
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.
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..."
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Daily Collegian 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...
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...
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
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...
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.
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
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 website here. More information on UMass field hockey can be found through UMassAthletics.com.
Daily Collegian 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 website here. 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.
Daily Collegian 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 website here. 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...
Boston Globe 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.
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
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
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 Republicanhere. 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.
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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."
Daily Collegian 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.
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 in July.
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 & Enterprisehere.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a wrap up on this weekend's two conference wins for the field hockey team, 7-0 vs. Saint Joseph's on Friday and 3-1 at Saint Louis on Sunday, keeping the Minutewomen a perfect 3-0 in A-10 play.
This weekend UMass will host La Salle on Friday before heading to Temple on Sunday. The Owls are also unbeaten in A-10 play.
The Massachusetts field hockey team looks to stay undefeated in Atlantic 10 conference play as they take on Saint Joseph's and Saint Louis this weekend. UMass currently sits at 3-9 overall and 1-0 in A-10 play. The Minutewomen host St. Joe's today at 3 p.m. at Garber Field.
"It was important for us to come out and play strong and send a message for the rest of the conference," said Head Coach Carla Tagliente.
Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap of field hockey's 2-0 loss at No. 5 Syracuse on Sunday. The Minutewomen played the Orange tough however, keeping the game 1-0 deep into the second half with a pair of shots of penalty corners that could have tied it. UMass begins A-10 play on Saturday when it heads to Lock Haven for a noon contest.
Michael Cuonos of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a recap of UMass field hockey's 4-1 loss at No. 4 UConn on Wednesday night. It was a tale of two halves in Storrs, as the Huskies used a 16-1 shot advantage in the first half to build a 3-0 lead and, though UMass controlled the second half of play with a 8-2 shot advantage, the Minutewomen were unable to close the gap.
"We were prepared but we just had a tough first half and they were more aggressive than us and it comes down to matching their aggressiveness which has been a problem for us all season," said Head Coach Carla Tagliente. "I was really happy with our play in the second half but we can't expect to win the game after the way we played in the first half."
The UMass field hockey team begins a four-game road stretch tonight at No. 4 Connecticut at 7 p.m. The Minutewomen are looking for another victory over the Huskies, just as they did last season when they upset the Huskies, 1-0 at Garber Field.
The UMass defense will be tested against the high-scoring Huskies offense that has amassed 27 goals already this season. The scoring is spread around evenly amongst the Terriers' front line, with four players who have scored at least four goals. Hunnable, despite starting just one game, leads the team with seven goals, followed by Ali Blankmeyer and Jestine Angelini each with five.
"It's the second and third shots that are hurting us right now," said UMass coach Carla Tagliente. "Most of the goals we're giving up are on second and third shot opportunities so it'll be important for people to make sure they are marking their person and boxing out on defense."
De'Shawn Townsend of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian writes the wrap on Friday's field hockey loss to No. 17 Boston University, 3-0 at Garber Field.
UMass failed to recover from an early Terrier lead off-an unassisted goal by junior forward Tabi Hatch. With forward Leslie Zules assist, Hatch scored off a corner pass from the left side. The Minutewomen (2-6) had a couple opportunities on the goal but defender Callie Sweigart and forward Nicole Cordero could not connect with the back of the net.
"We were confident but we lost structure throughout the game" said UMass coach Tagliente.
Michael Counos of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian writes in today's edition on the UMass field hockey team and how, despite being 0-4 against ranked opponents this season, the Minutewomen's difficult non-conference schedule will prepare them well for Atlantic 10 play. UMass (2-6) started 2010 with a 3-5 record before running the table in the A-10, winning the conference championship and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.
"There are good teams in our conference but I think that there is a lot of pressure in these non-conference games and a lot of pressure moments so this prepares us well mentally when stepping into conference play when we need to win those games," said Coach Carla Tagliente.
Since 2008 UMass is 16-3 in A-10 play including clean sweeps in 2008 and 2010. The next time the Minutewomen return home to Garber Field is Oct. 14 against Saint Joseph's.
A lot has been made early in the field hockey season of new head coach Carla Tagliente's attacking style of play that she has brought to the Minutewomen, but as Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian points out in Friday's edition, Tagliente has also brought a new style of play to the defense that the group is beginning to adjust well to. Strong mentions how assistant coach Roz Ellis has been crucial in mentoring the defense and talks to former UMass four-year-starter Jaime Bourazeris, who is helping the team this season.
With the new defensive approach comes a new mindset, which incorporates an offensive attitude. It gives the defense a chance to push the ball up the field, thus creating more shots and scoring opportunities.
"The biggest key as it is with any defensive structure is to communicate and stay organized," said Bourazeris.
DeShawn Townsend of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian today covers the field hockey team's pair of losses to ranked opponents over the weekend. On Friday, the Minutewomen dropped a tight contest with No. 20 Northeastern, 2-1 in overtime, and on Sunday, fell to defending national champion and third-ranked Maryland, 4-1.
Field hockey returns to action on Friday with a 6 p.m. game at home against Boston University under the lights at Garber Field.
Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican has a story today on UMass field hockey's 4-1 loss at home to No. 3 Maryland on Sunday. Baker points out in the story that, despite the loss, the Minutewomen played the National Champs tough, outplaying them for much of the first half. Baker says UMass has shown much improvement under first-year coach Carla Tagliente since the beginning of the season.
"It was two different games," Tagliente said. "I was proud of the way we stepped up in the first half. The second half was a little different story. But this is a game of momentum. If we had scored the first goal in the second half, or had the first corner, things might have been different."
Matt Strong of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a story today on the UMass field hockey team as it prepares for a challenging home weekend of non-conference games. On Friday, the Minutewomen host No. 20 Northeastern at 6 p.m., and on Sunday, UMass faces No. 3 and defending National Champion Maryland at Garber Field at noon.
Sunday's matchup against the Terrapins will be a rematch of two UMass losses last season, including a 4-2 loss in the NCAA Tournament. Both losses came at Maryland. Strong highlights how it will also be new head coach Carla Tagliente's first game coaching against her alma mater, where she was a four-time All-American, and how she brings a more offensive-minded system to the UMass program.
The UMass field hockey team played its home opener on Saturday at Garber Field, shutting out Harvard, 3-0. Not only did the team improve to 2-3 on the season as it kicked off a four-game homestand, but prior to the game a ceremony was held honoring the 30th anniversary of the Minutewomen's 1981 National Finalist team. Many players from that '81 squad came back to UMass for the occassion. Check out coverage of Saturday's win below.
With the start of the fall semester, the Massachusetts Daily Collegian is back in business. In Tuesday's Collegian, Michael Counos previews the UMass field hockey season. The Minutewomen, off to a 1-3 start against a tough early non-conference schedule, are in their first year under head coach Carla Tagliente and were picked as the preseason favorite in the Atlantic 10 Conference. UMass has won three of the last four A-10 titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three of those championship seasons.
UMass field hockey opens at home on Saturday when it hosts Harvard at 1 p.m. at Garber Field. A ceremony will be held prior to the game honoring the 30th anniversary of UMass' 1981 Final Four team.
Check out Dick Baker's great preview of the UMass field hockey season from over the weekend in the Springfield Republican and MassLive.com. Baker looks at how new head coach Carla Tagliente is taking over a program that has had recent success, but is implementing a new system and the squad must adjust to the loss of three key senior starters from last season's team. Baker also points out that senior All-American goalie Alesha Widdall will play an integral role for the Minutewomen in 2011.
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association released its Top 20 Preseason Poll on Tuesday with UMass finishing just out of the top 20. The Minutewomen are the top "receiving votes" team, coming in with 98.
UMass, under first-year head coach Carla Tagliente will face a tough schedule in 2011. The Minutewomen will face three of the top five teams in the preseason poll, including No. 1 Maryland, who comes to Garber Field on Sept. 18. The Minutewomen will face six teams of the top 20 teams in the preseason poll and seven more that received votes, accounting for 13 of the 18 regular season games.
The Minutewomen open the season this weekend with a pair of games in Burlington, Vt. On Saturday, UMass takes on No. 14 Boston College at 3 p.m., and then on Sunday faces Vermont at 3 p.m.
Happy belated birthday wishes to Ali Houlis of women's lacrosse and football's Igor Garcia! The two celebrated their birthday on August 4. Happy belated birthday to K.R. Jurgelevich of men's lacrosse who celebrated his birthday on August 5! Happy belated birthday to Michael McDonough of men's track! Michael celebrated his birthday on August 6. Happy belated birthday to football's Ryan Carter and field hockey's Nicole Cordero! Both, Ryan and Nicole celebrated their birthday on August 7.
Dick Baker of the Springfield Republican in his Local College Notebook talks about UMass field hockey getting ready to begin its first preseason under new head coach Carla Tagliente. Baker points out that the A-10 regular season title could come down to the final conference game of the year, an Oct. 28 meeting between the Minutewomen and Richmond at Garber Field.
Four UMass field hockey players are suiting up for the New England team at the USA Field Hockey Women's Junior National Championship in Virginia Beach, Va. this week. After three days of competition, Mika Black, Hannah Prince, Alexa Sikalis, and Kim Young have led New England to a 1-1-1 record.
On Monday against Pennsylvania, Young tallied a goal and an assist, while Prince got on the score sheet with a goal as the Minutewomen led New England to a 4-3 victory.
The New England squad faces the South on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. and takes on the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. before the medal round is played on Saturday to conclude the tournament. Live match information can be found on Twitter @USAFieldHockey.
The USA U-21 squad is coached by former UMass player and assistant coach, and current Boston College coach Ainslee Lamb.
Also, new UMass head coach Carla Tagliente is the head coach of the USA U-19 squad. She is assisted by UMass alum and current Duke head coach Pam Bustin. Stay tuned for updates on what the U-19'ers are up to during their training season.
Good luck to Alesha as she represents the Red, White, & Blue!