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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.

UMass Alums To Face Each Other In NCAA 1st Round

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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.


Daily Collegian Piece On Justine Sowry

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Nick O'Malley of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian has a nice story on former field hockey coach Justine Sowry. The column focuses on how Sowry, now the head coach at Louisville, took the UMass program to the next level in her four years at the helm of the program.

Sowry was replaced on Jan. 7 when UMass announced the hiring of Northwestern Associate Head Coach and former US National Team member Carla Tagliente as field hockey head coach.

Collegian Features Field Hockey's Bourazeris and Bowman

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In addition to the men's basketball season preview in today's Daily Collegian, Pete Vasquez ran a feature on field hockey senior Jaime Bourazeris. Vasquez writes of Bourazeris journey and rise as one of the Atlantic 10's best defenders. "She's a coach's dream," (High school coach Kori) Brocking said. "She's going to execute whatever goal it is and she's going to achieve it. That's just the type of person she is."

Also in today's Collegian is a feature on freshman Lindsay Bowman, written by Michael Wood. "She was one of the latest recruits we picked up," (Head Coach Justine) Sowry says. "What we had noticed about her was her athleticism and her competitive spirit or nature."

Field Hockey Falls To #1 Maryland In NCAAs

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A fantastic season for the UMass field hockey team came to a close on Saturday when Justine Sowry's Minutewomen, winners of the Atlantic 10 Championship and an NCAA at-large team, fell to No. 1 Maryland, 4-2 at the Terps Field Hockey Complex. Maryland, the winners of three of the last five National Championships, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and led 4-1 at halftime, but the Minutewomen outplayed the host team for the latter part of the first half and almost all of the second half. Seniors Makaela Potts and Jaime Bourazeris netted the UMass goals in the final game in the Maroon & White for them and senior captain Katie Kelly.

  • Minutewomen Fall To No. 1 Maryland, Michael Wood, Daily Collegian
  • Field Hockey Falls To #1 Maryland In NCAAs, 4-2, UMassAthletics.com
  • Terps Advance To NCAA Second Round, UMTerps.com

  • Field Hockey A-10 Championship Coverage

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    With a 2-0 victory over No. 2 seed Lock Haven on Saturday, the top-seeded UMass field hockey team won its third Atlantic 10 Championship in the last four years under Head Coach Justine Sowry. The title is the Minutewomen's 12th all-time and advances them to an NCAA play-in game vs. Stanford that UMass will host at Garber Field on Tuesday at 1 p.m. The winner of that game advances to the NCAA Championship field of 16.
  • Field Hockey Wins A-10 Championship Over Lock Haven, by Peter Vasquez, Daily Collegian
  • UMass Field Hockey Wins A-10 Championship, Daily Hampshire Gazette

  • UMass Field Hockey A-10 Tourney Preview Video, Story

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    The Massachusetts field hockey team knows the position of the underdog tournament host. It was in that position just last season when it hosted No. 1 seed Richmond. Read the full preview in the Daily Coellgian.

    Minutewomen Best Sports Story On Campus

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    UMass Field Hockey @ La Salle from Daily Collegian on Vimeo.

    The Daily Collegian's Adam Miller has a great story on how the field hockey team's season has been the best sports story at UMass this fall. Miller talks about his trip to Philadelphia to cover Justine Sowry's team's 2-1 victory at La Salle on Sunday to end the regular season with its ninth-straight win and claim the regular season Atlantic 10 title.

    Also check out the Collegian's Nick O'Malley's video wrap-up of the game, embedded above.

    This weekend the Minutewomen head back to Philly for the Atlantic 10 Championship at Temple's Geasey Field on Friday and Saturday. Top-seed UMass is looking to claim its 12 A-10 Championship and third in four years under Sowry.

    Wrap-Up Of Field Hockey's 2-0 Senior Weekend

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    It was a big weekend for the UMass field hockey team as it improved to 5-0 in A-10 play and ran its winning streak to seven with wins over Temple (1-0) on Friday and Saint Joseph's (4-1) on Senior Day on Sunday. Below is all the coverage.

  • For Sowry This Senior Day Is A Special One, Daily Collegian
  • UMass Topples St. Joe's On Senior Day, UMassAthletics.com
  • Hawks Fall At UMass, 4-1, SJUHawks.com
  • Defense Leads UMass Over Temple, 1-0, UMassAthletics.com
  • Temple Falls To League-Leading UMass, 1-0, OwlSports.com

  • Recapping Field Hockey's 2-0 A-10 Weekend

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    The field hockey team recorded two huge Atlantic 10 victories over the weekend to take over first-place in the conference standings at 3-0. On Friday, the Minutewomen knocked off previously conference unbeaten Lock Haven, 2-1 at Garber Field. On Sunday, UMass travelled to defending A-10 champ Richmond and defeated the Spiders, 2-1 in overtime. Below is more coverage of the wins.

  • Video Highlights of Win vs. Lock Haven
  • Video Interviews Following Lock Haven Win
  • Minutewomen Continue A-10 Unbeaten Streak, Michael Wood, Daily Collegian
  • Zono's Comeback Fuels Second Half Surge, Pete Vasquez, Daily Collegian
  • Collegian Recaps Field Hockey's Wild Win

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    The Daily Collegian has a recap of the field hockey team's thrilling double-overtime 5-4 victory at Dartmouth on Tuesday afternoon. After trailing 1-0, UMass scored three goals in a five minute span before allowing two Big Green goals to tie it. The clubs then traded late second-half goals to send the game to overtime where Katie Kelly scored the game-winner in the 88th minute. The Minutewomen are 7-6 and over .500 for the first time this season.

    Field Hockey Blanks SLU, Faces Dartmouth Tuesday

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    Under the lights at Garber Field on Saturday, the UMass field hockey team (6-6) started Atlantic 10 Conference play on the right foot by defeating Saint Louis in convincing fashion, 4-0. The Minutewomen outshot the Billikens, 28-0, the first time in over a decade UMass held an opponent without a shot.

    The Minutewomen close non-conference play on Tuesday with a 3 p.m. game at Dartmouth. They then return home to host new A-10 member Lock Haven on Friday at 3 p.m. before heading to Richmond on Sunday.

    Video Highlights
    Postgame Interviews
    Historic Night For Minutewomen, Pete Vasquez, Daily Collegian
    Minutewomen Offensive Side Gains A Boost, Michael Wood, Daily Collegian
    UMass Field Hockey Beats St. Louis, Hampshire Gazette
    Billikens Tripped Up At Massachusetts, SLUBillikens.com

    Collegian Previews Field Hockey A-10 Opener

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    The field hockey team (5-6), fresh off a 2-0 victory over No. 8 Syracuse last weekend, begins Atlantic 10 play this weekend when it hosts Saint Louis on Saturday night at Garber Field in a 6 p.m. start.

    The Daily Collegian's Michael Wood previews the matchup with the Billikens, including pointing out how players like Nicole Cordero and Nikki Panciocco have lifted their games as of late.

    The Collegian's Peter Vasquez has a story on the Minutewomen focusing on A-10 play this year after getting off to a slow start in conference play last season.

    Minutewomen Relying On Widdall

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    Adam Miller of the Daily Collegian has a great column on field hockey goalkeeper Alesha Widdall and how she has led the Minutewomen to two victories over top 10 teams this season (1-0 vs. #4 UConn on Sept. 11 and 2-0 vs. #8 Syracuse on Oct. 3), and how the team will rely on her throughout conference play.

    "She is always outstanding," Head Coach Justine Sowry said following the Minutewomen's 2-0 win over the Orange. "With a quality goalkeeper back there, we can play more aggressive, and having her back there really gives the team great confidence."

    Widdall and the Minutewomen begin A-10 play on Saturday night when they host Saint Louis at 6 p.m. at Garber Field.

    Field Hockey Records Another Win Over A Top 10

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    On Head Coach Justine Sowry's birthday, her UMass field hockey team gave her the gift of a 2-0 shutout victory over No. 8 Syracuse at Garber on Sunday. The win was UMass' second over a top 10 team this season (No. 4 UConn, Sept. 11) and first victory against the Orange since 1998. Below are stories on the win:

    VIDEO: Postgame Interviews
    Minutewomen Shut Out Another Top 10 Team, Daily Collegian
    Alesha Widdall Plays Large Role In Victory, Daily Collegian
    Podcast: Mike Wood & Nick O'Malley Discuss UMass' Win, Daily Collegian
    Orange Shut Out At Garber, SUAthletics.com
    Minutewomen Shut Out Orange, 2-0, Daily Orange

    Coverage Of Field Hockey's Big Weekend

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    The field hockey team knocked off two previously unbeaten opponents this weekend in No. 4 UConn and Yale. The UConn win is the Minutewomen's first over the Huskies in 10 years. Sunday's win at Yale was a come-from-behind overtime thriller.

     

    Hampshire Daily Gazette recap
    Daily Collegian feature on veteran leadership with video interview
    UConnHuskies.com recap
    YaleBulldogs.com recap
    Yale Daily News recap

    Gazette Recap Of Field Hockey's 1-0 Loss

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    Check out the recap in the Daily Hampshire Gazette as the field hockey team couldn't snap its seven-game losing streak against its in-state rival, but despite the 1-0 loss to No. 9-ranked Boston College Friday, the Minutewomen left their season opener encouraged.

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