Field hockey recaps 2014 season, recognizes graduating senior class during annual team event
Minutewomen reached A-10 Championship Game for third consecutive season
UMass opens 2014 as only Atlantic 10 Conference team in top-20
Former Team USA standout rejoined head coach Carla Tagliente in an assistant coach role
Minutewomen enter postseason as the tournament's No. 1 seed
Syracuse University graduate and U.S. National Team alumna Shannon Taylor enters her third season as an assistant coach on Carla Tagliente's field hockey staff at the University of Massachusetts in 2015. Taylor also coached with Tagliente when the Minutewomen won the Atlantic 10 Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament during the 2012 season before Taylor focused solely on competing with the U.S. National Team during 2013.
In addition to her duties as an coach at UMass, Taylor currently serves on the U.S. Field Hockey Executive Board as an athlete representative. She has also assisted the U.S. National Program as a video analyst for the Men's National Team in World League 2 Tournament and as a coach with the U21 National Team.
"I am honored that Carla [Tagliente] asked me to rejoin her staff," Taylor said. "I am really looking forward to rejoining this group and being able to work with the girls at UMass."
With 111 caps to her credit, Taylor retired from Team USA in 2013 and returned to UMass with a wealth of international experience, having been involved with the U.S. National program as early as 2006 when she was selected to play for the U21 squad and was invited to participate in USA Field Hockey's High Performance Training program. Taylor was first named to the U.S. Women's Development squad in 2009 and then subsequently earned a spot on the U.S. Women's National Team in 2010. She helped the 2011 Pan American Team to their first-ever gold medal with a first place finish ahead of an appearance in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
"We are fortunate to be able to have Shannon [Taylor] back on our UMass field hockey staff," Tagliente said. "Our attack and penalty corner production benefitted greatly from her guidance in 2012 and will again moving forward."
Taylor returned to UMass for the 2014 season as the Minutewomen averaged 2.14 goals per contest, the team's third consecutive season averaging at least two scores in each contest including Taylor's first year as an assist in 2012. At the end of the year three members of the offense were tabbed to the A-10 All-Conference listing in Izzie Delario, Sarah Hawkshaw and Brooke Sabia.
During 2012, the Minutewomen recorded 2.96 goals per game with 71 scored over 24 games, their highest output for a single season in available team statistics, dating back to the 2003 season. Taylor's guidance helped senior forward Thando Zono took home NFHCA First Team All-America honors at the conclusion of the season while four Minutewomen took home NFHCA regional honors.
After beginning her collegiate career at Richmond, Taylor transferred to Syracuse where she earned NFHCA Division I All-America First Team and All-BIG EAST First Team honors as a senior during 2008, when she helped the Orange reach the NCAA Tournament Semifinals. Taylor led the nation in goals (31) and points (79) in her final year of collegiate competition and was a finalist for the Honda Broderick Cup. Over her four seasons competing at Richmond and Syracuse, Taylor accumulated 218 points on 89 goals - including 22 game-winning tallies - and 40 assists during 89 games played.
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