UMass Weekly Sports Notebook
UMass Weekly Sports Notebook
Field Hockey captured their fifth straight Atlantic 10 Championship this weekend and are awaiting their seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Field Hockey captured their fifth straight Atlantic 10 Championship this weekend and are awaiting their seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Nov. 7, 2000

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*UMass defeated West Chester in the semi finals, 4-0, and Temple in the finals, 3-0, to capture its fifth straight Atlantic 10 Championship. The Minutewomen return to action this weekend in the NCAA Tournament. Site and opponent will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 8:00 p.m.

*Senior Kristen Schmidt (Greenfield, Mass.) scored four goals on the weekend and was named Championship MVP. Schmidt scored one goal against West Chester and three against Temple. The four goals on the weekend tied a tournament record for the most goals in a Championship.

*Senior Zowie Tucker (Neath, South Wales) stopped five shots against West Chester and seven against Temple en route to her 10th and 11th shutout of the year. The two shutouts on weekend tied a tournament record for most shutouts in a Championship. Tucker was also named to the All-Championship Team.

*Head Coach Patty Shea was named A-10 Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

*The men's soccer team fell to Rhode Island, 2-1 in sudden-death overtime, in the semifinal of the Atlantic 10 Championship, on Friday, Nov. 3, in Kingston, R.I. UMass finished the season 12-6-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the Atlantic 10, earning a share of the regular season title.

*After a scoreless first half, Gareth Elliot gave the Rams a 1-0 lead at the 49:14 mark from an assist by Anthony Curtis. The game remained this way until a handball in the penalty box was called on the Rams giving UMass a penalty kick with 43 seconds left in regulation. Senior Seth Lilburn (Boonton Township, N.J.) capitalized on the opportunity and tied the game at 1-1. Elliot scored his second goal of the game 4:19 into the first overtime period, from Nicholas McCreath, to give the Rams the win. Junior goalie Bryan O'Quinn (Feeding Hills, Mass.) made four saves for UMass, while Mark Bryant stopped five shots for the Rams.

*Lilburn and senior defender Patrick Beattie (Mobile, Ala.) were both selected to the All-Championship Team.

*Junior sweeper J.R. Pouncey (Houston, Texas) was named to the All-Atlantic 10 first team, while O'Quinn and sophomore forward Jeff Deren (Chicopee. Mass.) each received second team honors.

*Co-captain Pouncey played and started in 19 games this season as the leader of the defense. He scored a goal against Dayton on his only shot of the year.

*O'Quinn played in all 1,883 minutes this year for UMass and recorded seven shutouts, including six in Atlantic 10 games. He is alone in second place on the UMass single-season shutouts chart with seven, behind Jon Gruber's eight in 1991. O'Quinn led the Atlantic 10 with an 0.66 goals against average in conference games, while he was second with an 0.86 overall goals against average. He received WHMP/UMass Athlete of the Week honors on Oct. 25, for recording shutouts against Rhode Island and Xavier.

*Deren led the team in scoring with eight goals for 16 points, including five game-winners. He earned conference Player of the Week honors on Sept. 25, after scoring four of UMass' six goals in three games. He was also named ECAC Player and WHMP/UMass Athlete of the Week for his performance.

*UMass wrapped up its season with a 1-0 double overtime loss to host Xavier University at the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament last Friday, Nov. 3. The Minutewomen finished their 2000 champaign 11-7-1, 7-2 1 in the A-10.

*Xavier's Annette Gruber put a crossing pass over the head of UMass goalkeeper Julie Podhrasky (Dallas, Texas) 1:49 into the second overtime to lead the the second seeded Xavier to a 1-0 win over the third seeded UMass in the Atlantic 10 Conference semifinal Friday night at Corcoran Field. After a scoreless first half where UMass outshot Xavier 3-1 but failed to capitalize on three corner kicks and a direct kick, Xavier dominated the second half, out shooting the Minutewomen 7-3. UMass outshot Xavier 3-0 in the first overtime. Podhrasky made five saves for the Minutewomen. Xavier keeper Megan Veith also had five saves for her 10th shutout of the season.

*First team all-conference selections Brooke Bartlett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Julie Podhrasky were named to the All-Championship team Sunday. Bartlett had a team leading two shots on net for the Minutewomen while Podhrasky, who was also selected the A-10 Defensive Player-of-the-Year, made five saves in the game.

*Kara Green finished her career with 111 points, placing her second among UMass' all-time point scorers. Tops on the list is Emma Kurowski and her 124 career points scored between 1996 to 1999.

*Volleyball won its only match of the week as it swept host Duquesne on Friday night in Pittsburgh, 3-0 (15-12, 15-11, 15-4). The win improved UMass' record to 12-12 overall and 8-6 in the Atlantic-10.

*Four Minutewomen tallied double-doubles in the match, led by Rebecca Hasson's (Riverside, Calif) team-high 18 kills and 13 digs. Janeen Demarte (El Paso, Texas) 12 kills, match-high 17 digs, Jen Davis (Venture, Calif) 16 kills, 10 digs, and Lymarie Llovet (Arecibo, Puerto Rico) 14 kills, 12 digs accounted for UMass' other double-double efforts. Jenni Drennan dished out 59 assists in the match.

*The Minutewomen close out their regular season this week with three matches. On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the Maroon & White host Fairfield in their last home match of the season at 7:00 p.m. in Curry Hicks Cage. The Minutewomen then head for Philadelphia for conference matches against La Salle (7:00 p.m.) and Temple (4:00 p.m.) on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 10 and 11.

*The Minutemen (23-11, 11-3 CWPA) captured second place at the CWPA Northern Division Playoffs winning three games over the U.S Merchant Marine Academy 15-2, Harvard 12-2, and Queens 8-7, before falling to St. Francis, 9-6.

*Junior Carlos Ramos (Anasco, Puerto Rico) scored eight goals over the weekend including three against the Merchant Marine Academy.

*In their defeat of No. 20 Harvard, the Minutemen picked up their ninth win over a top-twenty team.

*Junior Adam Moore (Sinking Spring, Pa.) has 15 blocks on the season, placing him third all-time in school history.

*UMass returns to action, Saturday, Nov. 18, at the CWPA Eastern Championship, held at Brown University in Providence, R.I. at Brown University. The winnner gains an automatic bid into the NCAA Championship, held in Malibu, Calif.

*The University of Massachusetts men's tennis team concluded the fall portion of its' schedule last weekend at the ITA East Regional Championships in Blacksburg, Va. Junior Steve Prisco (Dedham, Mass.) was the only player to advance to the second round, but was knocked out by the tournament's No. 1 seed Mike Halperin of Cornell.

*The doubles team of Brent Davis (San Diego, Calif.) and Prisco lost in the first round to Zafar Fisher and Chris McGrath of Navy, 8-5.

*UMass will resume action this spring when they participate in the Cornell Invitational, Feb. 9-11.

*At the ITA East Region Championship last weekend on the campus of William and Mary, the freshman doubles tandem of Jafra Depontes (Kaliua-Kona, Hawaii) and Francesca Mancini (Milan, Italy) advanced to Monday's quarterfinal with an 8-3 win over the No. 9 seed Broughton and Magvera from Harvard.

*Depontes and Mancini are now 9-0 together overall this season and will meet the No. 5 seed from James Madison Monday night.

*In singles action, No. 17 Mancini lost her first match of the season to Hampton's Alena Mitackova in the round of 32.

*The men's and women's teams will return to action this weekend when the compete in NCAA Cross Country Regional, Saturday, Nov. 11

*Senior Chris Arsenault (Peabody, Mass.) set a new school record in the 100 fly with a time of 49.02, as the men's swimming and diving team defeated Central Connecticut, 175-83, on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool. UMass won 14 out of the 15 events and improve to 2-0 on the season.

*Arsenault also won the 200 free (1:41.58) and the 200 back (1:56.50). Other multiple winners for UMass were senior Mike Sabina (Avon, Mass.) in the 100 breast (59.21) and the 50 free (21.53), senior Billy Brown (Fullerton, Calif.) in the 400 IM (4:04.88) and the 200 breast (2:08.85), sophomore Rob Bellamy (Columbia, Md.) in the 1000 free (10:19.75) and the 200 fly (2:04.50), and freshman Logan Alomar (Silver Spring, Md.) won the one-meter (271.80) and the three-meter (274.88) diving events.

*Sophomore Tommy Keane (Melrose, Mass.) placed first in the 500 free (4:50.29) and sophomore Ryan Zaucha (Auburn, Calif.) won the 100 back (53.14). The 400 free relay team of Sabina, Zaucha, senior Joe Martin (Naugatuck, Conn.) and freshman Peter Mesavage (Stratford, Conn.) won the event with a time of 3:18.43.

*The Minutemen return to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 11, when they travel to Boston University to take on the Terriers at 4:00 p.m.

*Junior Becky Hunnewell (Sandwich, Mass.) won the 100 back (59.72) and the 200 back (2:08.74) as the women's swimming and diving team defeated Central Connecticut, 151-126, on Saturday, Nov. 4, at Joseph R. Rogers, Jr. Pool. With the win, the Minutewomen improve to 2-0 on the season.

*Other winners for UMass included freshman Christen Dexter (Centerville, Mass.) in the 100 breast (1:07.86), junior Andrea Kazanjian (Troy, N.Y.) in the 100 fly (59.25), junior Anne Dettloff (Barrington, Ill.) in the 200 free (1:55.72), sophomore Lizzy Boyle (Darien, Conn.) in the 50 free (25.29), sophomore Kate Allery (South Hadley, Mass.) in the one-meter diving event (229.13), and junior Alyssa Rooney (Natick, Mass.) in the three-meter diving event (206.55).

*The Minutewomen return to the pool on Saturday, Nov. 11, when they travel to Boston University to take on the Terriers at 1:00 p.m.