No. 25 Field Hockey Routs Vermont, 10-1
Sept. 21, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - The No. 25 UMass field hockey team recorded its first double-digit goal performance since 2009 in a dominant showing on Friday evening, trouncing Vermont, 10-1 at Garber Field. Senior forward Nicole Cordero notched the eventual game-winner in the fifth minute while seven different Minutewomen recorded at least one goal in the blowout victory.
For the third consecutive game, UMass (4-5 overall) notched an early goal as junior midfielder Alexa Sikalis was unassisted in opening scoring at the 1:52 mark. Sikalis dribbled into the circle and shot on net, with the Vermont defense inadvertently deflecting the ball into the back of the cage.
For the contest, UMass totaled 31 points among 10 goals and 11 assists. The Minutewomen notched four penalty corner tallies with three different players added multi-goal efforts, including Cordero, senior midfielder Kim Young and senior defender Thando Zono.
In the fifth minute, the Minutewomen doubled their lead with Cordero recording her third goal of the season. On the play, Zono slotted a pass to Cordero, who fired on-target from the center of the circle.
Exactly 40 seconds further into the contest, Young - the team's leading scorer through nine contests with 14 points - added the third UMass tally of the afternoon. Freshman defender Noralie Weusthuis slid a pass across the front of the circle to Young, who ran unmarked toward the left edge of the cage. After settling the ball, Young tapped a shot into the open goalmouth for the senior's fifth mark of the season.
Zono joined the scoring bunch with 11:31 complete in the contest on her first of two penalty corner goals. Junior defender Hannah Prince inserted the play to redshirt-senior defender Callie Sweigart, who stopped the ball for Zono to fire between the legs of Vermont goalkeeper Stephanie Zygmunt to earn the 4-0 lead.
After nearly eight minutes of scoreless play, junior forward Molly MacDonnell secured her second tally of the season and the fifth UMass goal of the day. With Vermont controlling play in their circle, MacDonnell rushed the Catamount defense and stole possession, dribbling around one defender before beating Zygmunt into the left side of the cage.
The onslaught continued in the 30th minute, with freshman midfielder Brooke Sabia notching her first collegiate points. On a rebound shot, Sabia crashed the cage and redirected the loose ball into the left side to push the lead to 6-0.
Young added her second goal of the evening on a penalty corner 10 minutes into the second half. After Prince started the play and Sweigart settled the ball at the top of the circle, Young received a clean pass and sent a hard shot into the right side of the cage.
Sophomore midfielder Renee Suter followed Young to put UMass in front, 8-0 at the 48:42 mark. Suter, notching her first goal of the season, did so from the center of the circle with assists from senior midfielder Kate Heineman and Sikalis during a penalty corner.
The penalty corner goals continued in the 62nd minute as Zono added her second tally against the Catamounts and increased the lead to 9-0. With redshirt-sophomore midfielder Marisa Dunn opening the play on the endline and Sweigart settling the ball, Zono stepped into a forceful shot in the center of the circle, firing the ball into the bottom of the cage before the Vermont defense could react to the attempt.
The Catamounts (0-8) added their lone tally as Ashley McDonald used a breakaway to place a shot around UMass second-half goalkeeper Sammy Zeiders. However, Cordero responded to push the outburst to 10 goals with less than seven minutes remaining. Zono found the senior forward from Oak Park, Ill., in front of the net, with Cordero tipping in the pass to reach the final score.
The Minutewomen dominated play throughout the contest, earning a 26-3 shots advantage while securing more penalty corners, 14-5. Shots on goal also heavily favored the home side, 15-1.
Zeiders and fellow freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino split time in net for UMass, with Carlino getting the start before subbing out at halftime. Neither goalie recorded a save as the Minutewomen defense stifled Vermont consistently and kept the majority of play in the Catamounts' half of the field. Zygmunt started and played 54:08 into the contest before being replaced during a timeout by Lindsay Whittaker. Zygmunt gave up eight goals while stopping five shots. Whittake allowed the final two UMass tallies without recording a save.
The Minutewomen continue their stretch of six consecutive home contests with a game on Garber Field against No. 21 Albany on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. The Great Danes (3-4) represent the seventh NFHCA Top-25 program UMass has faced during the current season.
Game Notes: The 10-goal outburst in the most tallies ever recorded at home by the Minutewomen. The previous record was eight ... UMass fell one goal shy of tying the program record for most in a single contest, set against Smith College during the 1979 season ... The Minutewomen tied the record for most marks in a single game against an NCAA Division-I opponent, set in 2009 at Saint Louis ... 24 Minutewomen saw minutes during the contest, with 13 different student-athletes recording at least one shot while 12 players tallied at least one point during competition.