UMass Field Hockey To Be Well Represented At USA Women's National Championship
May 16, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Eight current or former members of the UMass field hockey program will participate in the upcoming 2013 USA Women's National Championship, as announced by the organization on Thursday. Minutewomen head coach Carla Tagliente will lead one of the six regional programs, helming the New England/North High Performance Team. Current UMass student-athletes Sam Carlino, Izzie Delario, Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis will play for Tagliente, while 2013 graduate Kim Young and assistant coach Shannon Taylor were also named to the squad. Alesha Widdall, who played for UMass from 2009-12, has been named to the Midwest/California High Performance Team as a goalkeeper.
Of the 108 players set to participate in the USA Field Hockey Women's National Championship, 24 will be selected by U.S. head coach Craig Parnham to represent the country at the international level.
Tagliente, an NFHCA Regional Coach of the Year, is entering her third season as the leader of the Minutewomen following a 15-9 overall finish and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012. Tagliente has extensive coaching experience at multiple levels of competition, including serving as the leader for the U-19 National Team in 2011. Tagliente has also guided the USA High-A Team and the High Performance Center Midwest Regional Program during her 13-year coaching career since graduating from the University of Maryland.
Carlino helped UMass to a 10-game winning streak, including an A-10 Tournament Title, by only allowing 38 goals over 23 appearances and starts as a freshman in 2012. The Kennett Square, Pa., native tallied a 1.65 goals-against average and .725 save percentage with 100 stops in net while being named an A-10 All-Conference performer.
Delario, who joined the Minutewomen for the spring semester after graduating high school early, hails from Rehoboth Beach, Del. The 5-foot-5 midfielder and forward was a member of the U.S. U-17 National Team in 2012 and previously competed in the U.S. Futures Elite and National Futures Championship programs spanning 2008-12. A four-year letterwinner and starter at Cape Henlopen High School, Delario led the squad to a 72-3-0 record over her scholastic career.
Sikalis, a midfielder and forward entering her senior season in 2013, owns 21 career points at UMass on five goals and 11 assists. The Acton Boxborough Regional High School graduate produced a single-season best 12 points on three goals and six assists in 2012 to help the potent UMass offense, which averaged an Atlantic 10-best 8.59 points per game.
Prince, a mainstay at defense, added nine points on two goals and five assists during the most recent campaign. The Gorham, Maine, native helped hold opponents to 1.75 goals per contest and only 10.8 shots in each game. Prince's pair of goals were the game-winning tallies against No. 18 New Hampshire and No. 15 Ohio State.
Young, who graduated in the spring of 2013, capped her collegiate career with 65 points on 24 goals and 17 assists. The forward from Cooperstown, N.Y., provided clutch offense through 2012 en route to a single-season personal-best 33 points on 13 goals and seven assists. As a senior, Young provided the game-winners against No. 24 Maine, VCU and Temple while earning A-10 First Team All-Conference and NFHCA Second Team All-Region.
Taylor, a 2008 graduate of Syracuse who recently completed her first season as an assistant coach with the Minutewomen, is returning to the competitive side of the game following a successful recovery from knee surgery. Taylor is a veteran of the highest level of field hockey competition and owns 87 caps with the United States National Team, including appearances at the London Olympic Games and Champions Challenge in 2012.
Widdall, a four-year starter in goal for UMass, accumulated 47 victories with the squad while making 388 saves to earn a 1.40 goals-against average and .774 save percentage over 81 appearances and 78 starts. Widdall earned two all-America honors from the NFHCA while being named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. The Whitney Point, N.Y., was recently called up to the U.S. National Team, making appearances with the side during the squad's second-place finish in the 2012 Champions Challenge in Dublin, Ireland.