Field Hockey

Defense Leads UMass Over Temple, 1-0

18 of junior Alesha Widdall's 35 career victories have been shutouts.

18 of junior Alesha Widdall's 35 career victories have been shutouts.

Oct. 22, 2010

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AMHERST, Mass. - A late first-half goal by Katie Kelly combined with a suffocating defense was the recipe for success on Friday afternoon as UMass field hockey (10-6, 4-0 A-10) shut out Temple (7-10, 2-2 A-10), 1-0 at Garber Field. The Minutewomen allowed just four shots and just one on goal as they won their sixth-straight game and remain alone atop the Atlantic 10 standings.

With its 10th win of the season, UMass has reached double-digits in the win column all four years under Head Coach Justine Sowry and improves to 19-4 in A-10 regular season games in that span, including a stellar 11-1 at Garber Field.

The UMass back line of Jaime Bourazeris, Makaela Potts, Hannah Prince, and Thando Zono kept the Owls out of the circle most of the day allowing just four shots and just one on goal. The Minutewomen also held the conference's second-leading scorer, Bridget Settles, to just one shot.

Kelly broke the scoreless tie with 4:51 left in the first half when she took a Nikki Panciocco crossing pass five yards in front of the net and flicked a shot past Temple goalie Sarah Dalrymple. It was the senior captain's team-leading ninth goal of the season and gave UMass the lead going into halftime.

Panciocco's assist was the team-leading sixth of the year for the junior midfielder.

Alesha Widdall made just one save to earn her fifth shutout of the season and 18th of her career, but it was a spectacular one, coming out of the goal to stuff Katie Briglia on a Temple break.

UMass controlled play for much of the opening half, racking up 11 shots to Temple's three, and continued that throughout the second half, finishing the game with a 19-4 shot advantage and a 7-1 edge in penalty corners.

The Minutewomen host their home finale on Sunday when they take on Saint Joseph's on Senior Day at noon. Seniors Bourazeris, Kelly, Potts, and Courtney Mayerick will be honored prior to the game.




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