Five Compete In U-21 Women's National Championship
June 26, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - A quintet of UMass field hockey student-athletes showcased their abilities at the U.S. U-21 Women's National Championship from June 20-25, as members of four squads comprising 72 individuals at Old Dominion's Powhatan Sports Complex. Among those are five Minutewomen in seniors Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis, sophomores Sam Carlino and Brooke Sabia and freshman Izzie Delario.
Sikalis participated in the U-21 Women's National Championship with the Metro Team, while Prince joined Carlino, Sabia and Delario on the South Team. The invitation-only event served as a portion of the selection process for the U.S. Junior National Team in anticipation for the 2013 Junior World Cup, held in Germany.
Prince and Sikalis combined for 21 points on five goals and 11 assists as juniors during the 2012 season, adding four defensive saves and three game-winning tallies. The duo will serve as team captains during the upcoming season with junior defender Lauren Allymohamed.
Sabia made starts in 10 of her 24 appearances as a freshman midfielder, compiling six points on a goal and four assists. After earning her first collegiate tally against Vermont on Aug. 21, Sabia also provided a pair of helpers when UMass defeated No. 24 Maine on Sept. 30, and had one assist each against No. 21 Albany and Saint Louis.
Carlino was the starting goalkeeper for the Minutewomen as a freshman, tallying 1,610 minutes in the cage with a 1.65 goals-against average and .725 save percentage. Carlino finished with a 14-9 record on the year, including a trio of shutouts, to earn A-10 Second Team All-Conference.
Delario will begin her first collegiate season in 2013 following a stand-out four-year scholastic career at Cape Henlopen High School, where she helped the program to a 72-3-0 record during her tenure. Delario was a 2012 member of the U17 U.S. Junior National Team and also competed with the U.S. Futures Elite and National Futures Championship programs.
UMass opens the 2013 season at the University of Maine Invitational with a contest against the host-school on Aug. 30 at 1 p.m. The team's first home game of the year will be against UMass-Lowell on Sept. 3 at 6 p.m., as the River Hawks enter their first year as an NCAA Division-I field hockey program.