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
Field hockey goes to Lock Haven on Friday, Saint Francis on Sunday
UMass to host Spiders on Friday, Rams on Sunday at Garber Field
Syracuse graduate and U.S. National Team alumna Shannon Taylor enters her second season as an assistant coach on Carla Tagliente's field hockey staff at the University of Massachusetts in 2014. 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.
"I am honored that Carla has 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 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 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 in 2014 moving forward."
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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