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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.
FH TEAM/CLASS PHOTO SHOOT Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH vs. California Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH vs. MAINE Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH VS. UNH Photos by Thom Kendall '93
FH VS. LOWELL Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Former United States Field Hockey standout Carla Tagliente was introduced as the seventh head coach in the history of the University of Massachusetts field hockey program on Jan. 7, 2010. A highly-decorated student and teacher of the game, Tagliente finished her fourth year at the helm of the Minutewomen in 2014. Over the previous three years alone, Tagliente guided the Minutewomen to 45 victories, the sixth-most among all NCAA Division I field hockey programs in that span, for an average of 15 wins per seasons. During that time, Tagliente was awarded Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year honors twice each.
Massachusetts fell one game shy of making its third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 as the squad advanced to the A-10 Tournament Championship Game after it won the regular season league title with a 7-1 Atlantic 10 record. An youthful team with seven underclassmen in the starting lineup struggled early in the year before Tagliente and the Minutewomen strung together eight victories in their final 10 regular season games.
The winning ways continued into the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals as A-10 Defensive Player of the Year and NFHCA All-America selection Lauren Allymohamed spearheaded a 2-0 shutout of Lock Haven that helped the Maroon and White reach their third consecutive A-10 title game. With Tagliente's guidance, Allymohamed became the first competitor in league history to win any of the three major conference awards in three consecutive seasons. Her 2014 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award also continued a stretch of six consecutive seasons the laurel was won outright or shared by a Minutewoman.
UMass had one of their most successful campaigns in program history during 2013. The Maroon and White finished 19-5 overall and reached the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals as it recorded its most wins in a single season since the 2000 squad also captured 19. Under Tagliente's tutelage, Massachusetts claimed its second straight Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship to earn the berth into the national postseason.
Despite graduating nearly 70 percent of its scoring from 2012, the Minutewomen still led the Atlantic 10 in offense during 2013 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, Allymohamed took home the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year laurel for the second straight season while Charlotte Verelst was named the best rookie.
Tagliente, a member of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Committee, returned the Minutewomen to the NCAA Tournament during her second year as head coach, when the squad earned a 15-9 overall record and 6-1 conference mark while securing a 10-game win streak in 2012. Through Tagliente's offensive knowledge of the game, UMass tallied 2.96 goals per contest, a +1.4 margin from the 2011 output. The Minutewomen matched their 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 sparked a 10-game win streak for the Minutewomen that culminated in a 5-0 victory against No. 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. Thando Zono was named NFHCA First Team All-America following the season while 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 in 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 current United States Field Hockey National Team competitor Alesha Widdall and Kim Young. Nine Minutewomen were 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 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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