Allymohamed and Sikalis take in top national honors
Verelst scores game-winning goal for No. 10 UMass in 81st minute
Minutewomen and Cavaliers to face off in NCAA Tournament First Round
Seven total Minutewomen receive recognition from the conference
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UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente and senior forward Nicole Cordero discuss aspects of the 10-1 victory over Vermont at Garber Field on Friday afternoon. Cordero finished the day with two goals, including the eventual game-winner.
UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente talks about the upcoming contests at home against Vermont and #21 Albany while touching on the focus of recent practices.
Head coach Carla Tagliente and senior midfielder Kim Young discuss the field hockey team's successful start to the season and preview what the squad hopes to accomplish against Maryland and American.
On Jan. 7, 2010, University of Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon introduced Carla Tagliente as the UMass field hockey head coach. A highly-decorated student and teacher of the game, Tagliente finished her second year at the helm of the Minutewomen in 2012, earning Atlantic 10 Conference and NFHCA Regional Co-Coach of the Year honors.
The Minutewomen were one of the most talented and successful teams in NCAA Division I field hockey during the 2013 season. UMass held a 19-5 record after reaching the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, its most wins in a single season since the 2000 squad captured 19, and won its second straight Atlantic 10 Championship to earn the berth in the national postseason.
Despite graduating nearly 70 percent of its scoring from a year ago, the Minutewomen still led the Atlantic 10 in offense with 3.38 goals per game, spearheaded by A-10 Offensive Player of the Year Brooke Sabia. In addition to Sabia being named the top attacking player in the conference, Lauren Allymohamed took home the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year laurel for the second straight season while Charlotte Verelst was named the top rookie.
With Tagliente's abilities, the Minutewomen returned to the NCAA Tournament during her second year as head coach as the squad earned a 15-9 overall record and 6-1 conference mark while securing a 10-game win streak. Due to Tagliente's offensive knowledge of the game, UMass tallied 2.96 goals per contest during its most recent campaign, a +1.4 margin from the 2011 output. The Minutewomen matched its offensive success in the defensive zone, only allowing 1.75 tallies to each opponent on average after giving up 2.06 per game the season before.
During the 2012 campaign, a 2-1 come-from-behind win over No. 1 nationally-ranked Syracuse started the 10-game win streak while the Minutewomen added a 5-0 victory against #16 Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Tournament Title Game and a 2-1 decision in overtime vs. Rider during the NCAA Tournament Play-In contest to complete the span. Senior defender Thando Zono was named NFHCA First Team All-America following the season while sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed secured the fourth consecutive A-10 Defensive Player of the Year laurel for the program. In total, Tagliente developed six All-Atlantic 10 Conference award winners, four all-region honorees and two NFHCA Division-I Senior Game participants during her second year in Amherst.
During her inaugural season with the Minutewomen, Tagliente led UMass to a 5-1 record in Atlantic 10 play to secure a tie for the 2011 A-10 Regular Season Championship before advancing the team to the semifinal round of the conference tournament. Additionally, Tagliente produced two NFCHA Division-I Northeast All-Region athletes in Alesha Widdall and Kim Young. Nine Minutewomen were also named to the A-10 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll for the fall 2011 semester to highlight the academic success of the program.
No stranger to elite-level field hockey, Tagliente arrived at UMass after coaching for eight years in the Big Ten Conference. Prior to serving as the associate head coach at Northwestern in 2009-10, she was an assistant coach at Michigan from 2006-08 and an assistant at Iowa in 2003-05. Before that, Tagliente was a volunteer assistant coach at her alma mater, Maryland, in 2001-02.
Tagliente revitalized the Wildcats offense in her two years at Northwestern. Her first year in Evanston, Ill., as Tracey Fuchs' top assistant was a huge success as the Wildcats posted their highest wins total (12) since the 1995 campaign. Tagliente mentored an NU offense that improved from an average per-game scoring margin of -1.1 in 2008 to +1.15 in 2009, an ability to create a quick turnaround she would later use to benefit the Minutewomen.
Northwestern's offense continued to be a strength for NU in 2010 as Tagliente coached Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and second-team All-American Chelsea Armstrong, who finished with a league-best 24 goals and 60 points. The 2010 Wildcats established themselves as Big Ten contenders, upsetting sixth-ranked and eventual NCAA semifinalist Ohio State on the road in its conference opener and finishing with three league victories, the most for NU since the Big Ten instituted the six-game schedule in 2000.
Prior to her arrival at Northwestern, Tagliente revitalized the Hawkeyes' offense and helped Iowa nearly double its goal output over her tenure. While at Michigan, she also worked primarily with the offense and led the Wolverines to the 2007 Big Ten Tournament Championship Game.
Following a long international playing career, Tagliente stayed involved with the USA Field Hockey program as coach of the illustrious A-Camp and the High Performance Center Midwest Regional Team. In 2004 and 2005, she assisted the U.S. Under-16 Team and traveled on its annual tour of Holland and in 2010 accompanied the U.S. U-19 squad on its four-game competitive tour of Argentina.
Tagliente has earned her Level III coaching accreditation, and in 2010, was named head coach of the USA Field Hockey U-19 Team.
Tagliente competed for seven years on the USA Field Hockey, playing in 78 international games at the highest level while scoring five goals. She helped lead Team USA to silver medals at the 1999 Pan American Games and the 2001 Americas Cup, while also competing in the 2002 World Cup. In her first season with the U.S. National Team in 1997, Tagliente was named USFHA Female Athlete of the Year.
As a player at Maryland, Tagliente was a three-time First-Team NFHCA All-American (1998-2000) and earned a third-team distinction as a freshman in 1997. A two-time finalist for the Honda Broderick Award, Tagliente was a member of the 1999 NCAA National Champion Maryland squad that defeated Michigan in the tournament final and, up until the 2010 season, held the school records for career goals (87) and points (187).
Tagliente was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American (1999-2001), including a first-team pick in her final two seasons, and was selected to the NFHCA National Academic Squad all four years. In 2001, she was awarded with the Atlantic Coast Conference's prestigious Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship in addition to graduating Summa Cum Laude.
A native of Cortland, N.Y., Tagliente graduated from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in finance and marketing and delivered the commencement address for Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. Tagliente continued her graduate education at the University of Michigan and earned an MBA with high distinction from the Ross School of Business.
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What they are saying about Carla Tagliente...
"After working alongside Carla at Northwestern, Michigan and on the international level, I have no doubt she is prepared to succeed in her first head coaching position at a championship-caliber program like UMass. I would personally like to thank her for all of her efforts here at Northwestern in helping to redefine and rebuild the foundation of our program. We would not be in the position we are in now without Carla's passion, experience and knowledge and I am forever grateful for what she brought to NU."
"I couldn't see a more appropriate fit for both Carla and the University of Massachusetts field hockey program. She is so highly intellectual to her approach in both learning and teaching the game of field hockey. With the history the UMass program has, she is the perfect fit."
"Carla is one of the `new breed' of highly respected coaches in the USA Field Hockey Program. Carla Tagliente brings with her not only a highly qualified coaching resume, but a significant component of playing expertise from the international playing arena. Coupling this with Carla's keen desire to be involved with High Performance coach education in the USA, UMass has engaged a visionary coach of superior quality. USA Field Hockey is proud to have Carla Tagliente as the head coach of the High Performance U-19 National Squad. We wish Carla every success in her new venture and appreciate the analytical expertise she brings to the table as a coach in our sporting discipline."
"Carla is a great addition to our coaching staff here at UMass. She brings a bright, technical, tactical, and well-respected mind to our field hockey program. I very much look forward to working with her."
"UMass is very fortunate to have Carla lead the field hockey program in 2011. I have known Carla for over 10 years both as an international player and a coaching colleague within the USA system. Carla is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the country. The team is in very good hands and I am confident that UMass field hockey will continue to be a force within the Atlantic 10 and across the nation. I wish Carla and the team nothing but the best."
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