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Collegian: UMass gets back to .500 with win over BU Sunday

Lauren Allymohamed provided UMass with an overtime game-winning goal in the 82nd minute as the Minutewomen defeated Boston University, 2-1 at Garber Field on Sunday. Daily Collegian reporter Tyler Fiedler was on-hand for the game and wrote a recap of the action:

UMass field hockey gets back to .500 with win over BU Sunday | Daily Collegian

VIDEO: Field Hockey Highlights vs. Davidson

UMass field hockey defeated Davidson, 4-0, in the first meeting between the teams on the strength of a lockdown defensive performance and one goal each from Hailey Cockrum, Izzie Delario, Melanie Kreusch and Nicole Miller. Check out highlights of the game below courtesy of UMass Sports Network:

More on the Minutewomen can be found through UMassAthletics.com.

Collegian: Kreusch, Hawkshaw stepping up for UMass field hockey

Daily Collegian reporter Jamie Cushman stopped by field hockey practice on Tuesday and spoke with head coach Carla Tagliente, senior Lauren Allymohamed and freshmen Sarah Hawkshaw and Melanie Kreusch for a story on the immediate impacts made by Hawkshaw and Kreusch.

Hawkshaw and Kreusch on international students from Ireland and Belgium, respectively, and have combined for 22 points via nine goals and four assists through the opening 14 games played.

Kreusch, Hawkshaw stepping up for UMass field hockey | Daily Collegian

Collegian: Carlino remains a rock in net for UMass field hockey

Joe Saade of the Daily Collegian staff wrote a feature story on the importance of junior goalkeeper Sam Carlino to the UMass field hockey team. Carlino is in her third season as the starting goalkeeper for the Minutewomen as the squad looks to earn its third consecutive A-10 title and NCAA Tournament trip.

Sam Carlino remains a rock in net for UMass field hockey | Daily Collegian

Daily Collegian reporter Matthew Zackman spoke with head coach Carla Tagliente and sophomore midfielder Hailey Cockrum after UMass field hockey defeated VCU, 4-1 on the road Sunday. Check out his recap of the game's action below:

UMass field hockey earns first Atlantic 10 win with 4-1 victory over VCU

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.

Field Hockey Notches 12 Year-End Awards From The A-10

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With the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 2, the conference announced its regular season award winners on Thursday. Seven members of the UMass program combined to earn 12 laurels this season - the most of any team in the A-10.

Sophomore Lauren Allymohamed was tabbed the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year - the fourth consecutive season a UMass student-athlete earned the laurel - while second-year head coach Carla Tagliente was named the Coach of the Year.

Read up more on each of the awards UMass received here or through the official Atlantic 10 release.

Three-Game Weekly Sweep Earns Praise For Field Hockey

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After three games in four days, the UMass field hockey team recorded an undefeated week that included a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 1 Syracuse and a pair of A-10 Conference victories. The three-game winning streak earned the team and a few of its individual players considerable praise this week...

Mike Moran covered the victory over No. 1 Syracuse for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Peter Cappiello with the Daily Collegian recapped the hard-fought upset of No. 1 Syracuse, which included a goal for the ages from senior defender Thando Zono.

J. Anthony Roberts provided a photo gallery and Harry Plumer added a short recap for the Springfield Republican following the defeat of No. 1 Syracuse.

Matt Levine with the Daily Collegian had coverage of UMass' strong play against conference opponents this weekend.

The Atlantic 10 Conference named Zono to its players of the week listing for her efforts while sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed was named the UMass Athlete of the Week.

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.

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