Field Hockey

No. 10 Field Hockey Season Begins With No. 1 Maryland, Temple

Aug. 27, 2014

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes
 Game One No. 10 Massachusetts (0-0) vs. No. 1 Maryland (0-0)
 Date | Time Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 | 5 p.m. ET
 Location Spooky Nook | Lancaster, Pa.
 Series History Maryland leads, 14-0-0. Last meeting: No. 2 Maryland 4, No. 7 UMass 1; Sept. 29, 2013
 Live Statistics NeuLion
 Live Game Blog Available through UMass Athletics
 Record Book UMass Field Hockey Record Book Get Acrobat Reader
 Twitter @UMassFH | @UMassAthletics
 Instagram UMass Field Hockey

Scouting Report: Maryland Terrapins
The Maryland Terrapins begin the 2014 season as the No. 1 nationally ranked team after the squad finished 22-2 overall and 6-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) games one year ago. Maryland won its opening 15 games in 2013, which included a victory over UMass, before the Terrapins fell to Old Dominion, 3-2 on Oct. 20. The only other loss on the year was during the NCAA Final Four when Duke bested Maryland, 3-2 to end the Terrapins' 2013 season one contest shy of participating in the NCAA Championship Game.

2013 leading scorer Jill Witmer graduated after providing 47 points via 19 goals and nine assists. However, Maryland returns Anna Dessoye, a junior midfielder, who added 42 points on 13 goals and 16 assists last season. Maxine Fluharty also returns following a 31-point season earned through the strength of 12 goals and seven assists. The Terrapins are also searching for a new starting goalie after the graduation of NFHCA All-American Natalie Hunter, who played 1,431 of a possible 1,691 minutes and earned a .769 save percentage and 1.17 goals-against average as a senior in 2013.

Head coach Missy Meharg enters her 28th season leading the program. She is 472-114-9 overall with seven NCAA championships and 10 ACC titles. Meharg is a nine-time recipient of the NFHCA Division I Coach of the Year Award with 24 NCAA tournament appearances to her name at Maryland.

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes
 Game Two No. 10 Massachusetts vs. Temple
 Date | Time Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 | 3 p.m. ET
 Location Spooky Nook | Lancaster, Pa.
 Series History UMass leads, 34-12-0. Last meeting: UMass 5, Temple 2; Nov. 2, 2012
 Live Statistics Sidearm Sports
 Record Book UMass Field Hockey Record Book Get Acrobat Reader
 Social Media @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics  
 Instagram UMass Field Hockey

Scouting Report: Temple Owls
The Temple Owls are coming off of a strong showing in 2013 when the squad ended the season 14-6 overall, but the squad was just 4-4 on the road. Amanda Janney begins her 11th season as the head coach of the Owls while the squad enters its second year as an associate member of the Big East Conference.

Amber Youtz provided 39 points on 16 goals and seven assists to lead the Temple offense. At the opposite end of the field, Lizzy Millen started each of Tempe's 20 games last season. Millen finished the year with a 1.58 goals-against average and .776 save percentage over 1,417 minutes in the cage.

Former conference rivals, UMass and Temple have met 46 times with UMass owning 34 victories. The first took the field against each other in 1978 and last met when the Minutewomen bounced the Owls from the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament, 5-2 to end Temple's season.

Minutewomen Tabbed 10th Nationally In NFHCA Top-20 Poll
The University of Massachusetts field hockey program was selected 10th in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Top-20 Poll, as announced by the organization on Tuesday. The rankings are voted upon by college coaches from around NCAA Division I field hockey.

The University of Maryland took the top spot with 881 points and 22 of the 47 first place votes. Connecticut was chosen for the top spot by 14 coaches, the second-highest total behind the Terps, but starts the season at No. 3 with 831 points. North Carolina occupies second with 855 points to go with eight first place votes. Duke (776 points) and Syracuse (729) round out the top five. Each received one vote for first place.

Virginia (572) took sixth, followed closely by Princeton (571) and Penn State (552). Old Dominion sits ninth, directly ahead of the Minutewomen with 516 points. UMass received 406 points in the poll, which features four 2014 opponents in Maryland, Boston College, Connecticut and Syracuse.

Boston College is the only other school from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to earn a spot in the NFHCA top-20 as the Eagles hold 13th on the strength of 361 points. Massachusetts is the lone Atlantic 10 Conference institution ranked.

UMass Takes Top Spot In 2014 Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches Poll
UMass field hockey took first place in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced by the league on Thursday, Aug. 21. The Minutewomen received 80 points to put them in front of Richmond's 72. VCU was slotted third (51) ahead of Lock Haven (48). Saint Joseph's (39), Davidson (35), Saint Francis (27), La Salle (22) and Saint Louis (12) rounded out the poll. Massachusetts also received eight of the nine first place votes, while Richmond earned the ninth.

Four From Field Hockey Named A-10 Preseason All-Conference
Lauren Allymohamed, Sam Carlino, Izzie Delario and Brooke Sabia were tabbed Atlantic 10 Preseason All-Conference honorees on Thursday, Aug. 21. Allymohamed received the 2013 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Award and was a National Field Hockey Coaches Association Second Team All-American. Sabia took home the 2013 Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year Award while Carlino was an NFHCA All-Region selection and Delario contributed 25 points to the offense despite missing six games due to injury.

2013 Season-In-Review
The University of Massachusetts field hockey team finished its 2013 season with a 19-5 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals after it won the Atlantic 10 Championship for the second consecutive season. In her third year as head coach, Carla Tagliente led the program to the third-most wins in NCAA Division I field hockey and the No. 10 national ranking according to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association of America (NFHCA) Top-20 Poll.

The season was highlighted by a 12-game winning streak that saw the Minutewomen roll through non-conference play undefeated, beat VCU and Richmond for the Atlantic 10 Title and down No. 7 Virginia, 4-3 in overtime to reach the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. During the win streak, UMass outscored its foes, 52-14 while the run of success marks the longest stretch of consecutive victories achieved by the program since the 1993 squad won 13-straight en route to an Atlantic 10 Title and NCAA Tournament berth.

Numerous Minutewomen were honored as a result of the team's overall success during the campaign. Lauren Allymohamed and Alexa Sikalis were each awarded NFHCA All-America status, with Allymohamed adding Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year, First Team NFHCA All-Region and Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference to the trophy case. Sikalis was also recognized as a first team honoree by the NFHCA on its all-region listing and the Atlantic 10 through its all-conference awards.

Hannah Prince and Brooke Sabia joined Allymohamed and Sikalis on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference and NFHCA All-Region first teams while Sabia took home the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year. Sam Carlino and Charlotte Verelst were honored by the NFHCA with second team all-region laurels, while Verelst was also named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and an A-10 Second Team All-Conference award winner. Tagliente rounded out the major award recipients on the squad as she was chosen as the Atlantic 10 and NFHCA Northeast Region Coach of the Year, the second straight season she took in both laurels.

The 2014 Team Captains
Three members of the 2014 UMass field hockey team were elected tri-captains ahead of the season in Lauren Allymohamed, Sam Carlino and Renee Suter. Allymohamed, now a senior, holds the captainship for the second consecutive season after serving alongside Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis in 2013. Carlino, a junior, and Suter, a classmate of Allymohamed, are in their first season as captains.



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