UMass Wins Second Consecutive Atlantic 10 Tournament
Nov. 9, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts field hockey program won its 14th Atlantic 10 Tournament Title with a 2-1 victory over Richmond at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Senior Hannah Prince and freshman Izzie Delario recorded a goal each, with Delario providing an assist for a three-point performance.
UMass improved to 18-4 with the victory, its most wins in a single season since the 2000 team finished with 19. Richmond fell to 14-6 overall with the defeat.
Following completion of the game, Lauren Allymohamed was named the Atlantic 10 Championship's Most Outstanding Player along with receiving a nod on the All-Tournament Team with Delario, Prince and Sikalis.
Prince provided the first goal of the day through a penalty corner attempt. Delario inserted the play to Sikalis near the top of the circle before Sikalis pushes a short pass to Prince. The Gorham, Maine, native sent a flick shot into the right side of the cage five minutes, 45 seconds into the contest to build the Minutewomen a 1-0 lead.
Richmond nearly evened the contest during the 14th minute; however, staunch defensive plays from Carlino and Prince kept the Spiders from earning a goal during back-to-back high percentage scoring chances. At the 13:12 mark of the game, Taylor Deitrick broke through the Minutewomen backline with possession and shifted toward the right post, but Carlino was able to drop to the ground to block the cage on Deitrick's initial shot. Deitrick corralled the rebound and lifted an attempt over the prone Carlino, only for Prince to step in front and knock the play down.
Delario followed with her eighth tally of the year at the 14:45 mark to double the UMass advantage. Loughlin created the play as the freshman dribbled into the circle and fired the ball toward Richmond goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski. Delario deflected the attempt deflected up into the air at the goalmouth and tipped it into the back of the cage from the left post to make it a 2-0 game.
The Spiders answered with a tally of their own only 1:46 later to shrink the UMass advantage to 2-1. Amy Cookie converted a penalty corner try following an insert by Christina Amorose and stop by Helen Warner.
However, the Minutewomen defense kept Richmond from finding the equalizer over the remainder of the game, led by backline startersMariajose Rodriguez, Prince and Allymohamed. UMass kept the Spiders from attempting another on-target shot following their goal, a span of 53 minutes, 29 seconds.
Each side recorded eight shots while Richmond led in penalty corners, 7-3. Zarkoski finished with four saves.
UMass will continue its season in the NCAA Tournament against a yet to be determined opponent. The NCAA Selection Show will be live streamed through NCAA.com on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 10 p.m.
Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team