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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.
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 second half.

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.


Setbacks won't keep Gorham grad from goal

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.
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."

Prince's Goal Achieved at Junior World Cup

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.

Thoughts From The Junior World Cup (Aug. 4)

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Field Hockey's Big Day vs. Vermont

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After 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.

Coverage Of Field Hockey's Wins Over A Pair Of Ranked Foes

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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

Collegian: Field Hockey's New Defensive Approach

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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.

Field Hockey Preseason Underway

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The defending A-10 champion Minutewomen field hockey team has begun its first preseason camp under Head Coach Carla Tagliente. Check out the video from the first day of practice.
  

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.

On Tuesday against the Midwest, Young accounted for New England's lone goal with a penalty stroke in a 1-1 tie.

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.

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