Field Hockey


  Shannon Taylor
Shannon  Taylor

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Syracuse '08


UMass Field Hockey 2014 Season-In-Review

Minutewomen reached A-10 Championship Game for third consecutive season


Field Hockey Ranked 10th In NFHCA Preseason Poll

UMass opens 2014 as only Atlantic 10 Conference team in top-20


Shannon Taylor Returns To UMass Field Hockey Coaching Staff

Former Team USA standout rejoined head coach Carla Tagliente in an assistant coach role


Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship Begins Friday

Minutewomen enter postseason as the tournament's No. 1 seed


UMass To Close The Regular Season In Pennsylvania

Field hockey goes to Lock Haven on Friday, Saint Francis on Sunday


FH vs. California

FH vs. California Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH vs. VERMONT Photos by Thom Kendall '93



FH vs. DARTMOUTH Photos by Thom Kendall '93

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.

The Taylor File
Name: Shannon Taylor
Hometown: Midlothian, Va.
Family: Daughter of Dwayne & Kelly Taylor; sister to Jenna & Ellie
Position: Assistant Coach (Offense)
Alma Mater: Syracuse `08
U.S. Olympic Program Experience: Was a part of the 2006 U.S. U21 National Team and took part in the Regional Elite Performance Training Center program, which she also competed in during 2007 ... Member of U.S. Women's Development Squad in 2009 before being elevated to the national team in 2010 ... Participated at the Pan American Games and Champions Challenge I with Team USA in 2011 ... Member of U.S. National Team that took second at the 2012 Championships Challenge I and competed at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Collegiate Capsule: Three-year competitor at Richmond (2004-06), where she was named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 when she led the conference in points, goals and game-winners ... Redshirted 2007 after transferring to Syracuse ... Closed out her collegiate career as a first-team all-American and All-Big East First Team selection for the Orange in 2008 ... Earned a single-season personal-best 71 points and 31 goals during 2008 as Syracuse recorded an appearance in the NCAA Championship Final Four ... Finished her collegiate career with 218 points (89 goals, 40 assists) in 89 games played.


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