Field Hockey

#14 Field Hockey Begins 2013 Season At Maine Invitational

Now-sophomore Brooke Sabia tallied a pair of assists as UMass upended #24 Maine on Sept. 30, 2012.

Now-sophomore Brooke Sabia tallied a pair of assists as UMass upended #24 Maine on Sept. 30, 2012.

Aug 28, 2013

 University of Maine Invitational (hosted at the University of Maine; Orono, Maine)
 Game 1 #14 UMass at Maine
 Date | Time Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location UMaine Field Hockey Complex (500) | Orono, Maine
 Live Statistics Presto PrimeTime
 Video UMass-Maine
 Series History UMass leads, 14-1-1 (Last: UMass 4, Maine 2; Sept. 30, 2012)
 Record Books UMass
 Social Media @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics   | UMass Athletics

Scouting The University of Maine
Maine field hockey finished last season 10-10 overall - finishing the year in the America East Tournament Semifinals following a 2-3 conference mark. Owning a 9-5 overall record and 2-0 mark in America East games on Oct. 8, the Black Bears dropped five of their final six contests of 2012.

Annabelle Hamilton led the program with 24 points on nine goals and six assists a season ago and returns for her junior season. Also back is sophomore Cassidy Svetek (18 points), junior Holley Stewart (14) and Hannah Keating (10) as Maine returns its top four scorers from a year ago.

The Black Bears graduate top goalkeeper Alicia Frisch, who played in 15 games in 2012 and registered a 1.84 goals-against average and .722 save percentage. Sydney Kolysher, now a redshirt-senior, made six starts last season in as many appearances, totaling a .643 save percentage and 2.64 goals-against mark.

UMass won the most recent meeting between the programs, taking a 4-2 decision from #24 Maine on Sept. 30, 2012. In the contest, now-sophomore Brooke Sabia totaled a multi-point effort behind a pair of assists. Senior Molly MacDonnell added one assist while Lindsay Bowman tallied a goal. Kim Young, Nicole Cordero and Noralie Weusthuis added one mark each as UMass improved to 14-1-1 all-time against the Black Bears.

 University of Maine Invitational (hosted at the University of Maine; Orono, Maine)
 Game 2 #14 UMass vs. #9 Michigan
 Date | Time: Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location UMaine Field Hockey Complex (500) | Orono, Maine
 Live Statistics Presto PrimeTime
 Series History UMass leads, 3-1-0 (Last: Michigan 6, UMass 0; Sept. 12, 2001)
 Record Books UMass | Michigan
 Social Media @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics   | UMass Athletics

Scouting The University of Michigan
The Michigan Wolverines field hockey program is coming off of season in which the squad finished 15-7 overall with a 4-2 mark in Big Ten Conference games. Michigan reached the Big Ten Tournament Championship Game, falling to No. 4-nationally ranked Penn State, 2-0. The Wolverines were chosen for a berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament following their loss to the Nittany Lions, where Michigan faced No. 8 Old Dominion and dropped a 6-1 decision.

Leading scorer Rachel Mack, who earned 45 points on 19 goals and seven assists as a junior in 2012, returns alongside Leslie Smith (7 goals, 12 assists, 26 points). Also back among the six double-digit scorers from a year ago is Lauren Thomas (5 goals, 2 assists, 12 points).

Redshirt-senior Haley Jones returns for another year in the cage. Entering 2013, Jones has played in 50 career games with 44 starts, totaling a 1.58 goals-against average and .725 save percentage. Last year, Jones recorded 1,470 minutes of game action over 22 starts in as many appearances, tallying a 1.62 GAA to go with a .776 save percentage.

Michigan won the most recent meeting between the teams after UMass took the opening three contests in the head-to-head series. The Wolverines totaled a 6-0 victory on Sept. 12, 2001 for their first victory against the Minutewomen.

Season Preview
UMass field hockey enters the 2013 campaign looking to defend its 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The Minutewomen return 14 letterwinners from the 2012 squad that finished 15-9 overall, including five starters.

A pair of captains in senior Hannah Prince and junior Lauren Allymohamed will lead the defense while sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino enters her second season as the starter in-cage.

In 2012, Allymohamed became the fourth consecutive Minutewoman to be named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Award while Carlino was a second-team all-conference honoree along with taking home A-10 All-Tournament and all-rookie honors. Prince is one of the most veteran members of the team with 63 appearances. The Gorham, Maine, native is coming off of her most successful season at UMass after tallying nine points on a pair of game-winning goals and five assists while contributing a team-high four defensive saves as a junior.

The defense will also feature new faces in freshmen Katie Clark, Hannah Farrell, Cliodhna Loughlin, Shauna Rankin-Byrne and Charlotte Verelst. Sophomore Brooke Sabia, a midfielder last season, could also see time as part of the UMass defense.

Brooke Sabia will also join twin sister Allie Sabia on offense as part of an experienced midfield unit. Seniors Alexa Sikalis and Mel Sutherland, as well as junior Renee Suter, have combined for 136 career appearances on the attack, with Sikalis entering the year as UMass' leading returning scorer out of the midfield with 21 points. Marisa Dunn adds depth to the unit alongside six freshmen in Clark, Hailey Cockrum, Izzie Delario, Loughlin, Nicole Miller and Rankin-Byrne.

A strong group of forwards includes seniors Lindsay Bowman and Molly MacDonnell. Bowman owns 23 career points on 11 goals and an assist while MacDonnell has secured 18 points on eight tallies and a pair of helpers. Classmate Alyssa Ineson and junior Mariajose Rodriguez return to compete on offense for the Minutewomen along with sophomore Courtney Spleen. Transfer-student Tory Berry joins the group up front after one year at Boston College while Delario, Miller and Rankin-Byrne add depth to the unit.

Head coach Carla Tagliente, who enters her third season with the program, will test the 24 Minutewomen with a challenging upcoming slate that includes eight teams ranked among the top-20 in the NFHCA Preseason Poll.

UMass opens the year with participation in the University of Maine Invitational, facing the host-Black Bears on Aug. 30 before battling the No. 9 nationally ranked Michigan Wolverines the following day. The Minutewomen return home to Garber Field to challenge UMass-Lowell in the first-annual Kennedy Cup on Sept. 2 as the River Hawks enter their first year as a NCAA Division I program.

As part of the 13-game non-conference schedule, UMass will face seven additional NFHCA top-20 programs in No. 2 Maryland, No. 4 Connecticut, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 15 Northeastern, No. 16 Boston University, No. 19 Boston College and No. 20 New Hampshire.

The Minutewomen open their Atlantic 10 slate with game at Saint Louis on Oct. 12 before four consecutive home contests, ending in a meeting with VCU for Senior Day on Oct. 27 at Noon. A contest each at Lock Haven on Nov. 1 and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 3 caps the 2013 regular season. All home games are free of charge to attend.

The Atlantic 10 Tournament will be hosted in Amherst, Mass., for the second consecutive season, with the semifinals set for Nov. 8 and the championship game scheduled to be played on Nov. 9. The NCAA Tournament begins with a play-in game on Nov. 12 while the first round will occur on Nov. 16. The NCAA Final Four will be played in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 22 and 24.

Minutewomen Ranked 14th in NFHCA Preseason Top-20 Poll
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its annual preseason poll on Tuesday, with UMass taking 14th among the top-20. The Minutewomen are the only Atlantic 10 program present while eight opponents scheduled for the 2013 campaign appear in the rankings.

North Carolina took first with 978 points and 33 first place votes. Maryland followed with 903 points and Princeton took third with 883. Connecticut (749) and Syracuse (737) round out the top five.

Penn State, Virginia, Old Dominion, Michigan and Duke occupy the 6-10 spots, followed by Northwestern, Stanford and Iowa.

UMass sits ahead of Northeastern while Boston University follows in 16th. Drexel, Wake Forest, Boston College and New Hampshire round out the poll.

Minutewomen Picked To Win Atlantic 10
The Atlantic 10 Conference released its 2013 preseason poll on Thursday, with UMass field hockey taking first among the eight league affiliates with 63 votes. The Minutewomen claimed seven of the eight first place votes to edge Richmond (57 points, one first place vote) for the top spot.

VCU claimed third with 46 points while Lock Haven (35) and La Salle (30) rounded out the top five. Saint Joseph's was picked sixth (28) while the newest addition to Atlantic 10 field hockey, Saint Francis (Pa.) was tabbed seventh with 16 points. Saint Louis rounded out the group with 13.

Atlantic 10 Preseason Poll Results (First Place Votes)
1. Massachusetts, 63 points (7)
2. Richmond, 57 (1)
3. Virginia Commonwealth, 46
4. Lock Haven, 35
5. La Salle, 30
6. Saint Joseph's, 28
7. Saint Francis (Pa.), 16
8. Saint Louis, 13

UMass Trio Competes In Junior World Cup
UMass field hockey senior defender Hannah Prince and sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino were chosen for the United States U-21 National Camp on Wednesday, June 26, as announced by U.S. Field Hockey. Incoming-freshman Charlotte Verelst joins the duo in competition at the Junior World Cup as a member of Team Belgium.

Prince and Carlino will compete with Team USA in preparation for the Junior World Cup, held in Monchengladbach, Germany from July 27-Aug. 4. Carlino and Prince were among five Minutewomen; including senior Alexa Sikalis, sophomore Brooke Sabia and incoming freshman Izzie Delario, who participated in the Junior Women's National Championship and were selected from a pool of 72 players overall.

Verelst, a native of Braine l'Alleud, Belgium, is currently a member of the Belgian U21 National Team and competed for her country at the U15, U16 and U18 levels as well.

Sister Schools Announces First-Annual Kennedy Cup
In 2013, the Minutewomen will face UMass-Lowell for the first time in what is set to become an annual meeting between the programs. The battle between the schools has been named the "Kennedy Cup" in honor of John F. Kennedy, an alumnus of UMass Lowell (1970) and the University of Massachusetts (1976). Kennedy will match donations to the Minutewomen program through the completion of the contest while a trophy will be issued to the victor each year to commemorate their win in the series.

Sweigart Joins Field Hockey Staff
UMass field hockey head coach Carla Tagliente announced the addition of program alum Callie Sweigart as an assistant coach on Wednesday, effective immediately. Sweigart, who redshirted the 2010 season, played in 67 games for the Minutewomen from 2008-12 and recorded 25 points on five goals and 15 assists as a starter on defense.

Sweigart fills the assistant coaching role previously held by Shannon Taylor, who has chosen to focus on her international playing career as a member of the U.S. National Team.

Sweigart will help develop the UMass defense that only allowed 1.75 goals per game in 2012 and tallied its fourth consecutive Atlantic 10 Conference Defensive Player of the Year honor. The Ephrata, Pa., native will also assist in the marketing and operations of the program while simultaneously focusing on recruiting efforts.

Five Compete In U.S. National Championships
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.

Three Named Captains For 2013 Season
UMass field hockey seniors Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis and junior Lauren Allymohamed will serve as the team captains during the upcoming 2013 season. The trio helped the Minutewomen to a 15-win finish last year while taking in an A-10 Tournament Title and NCAA Tournament berth.

Allymohamed contributed to UMass' reign as the preeminent defensive leader within the Atlantic 10 as a starter on the backline over 24 contests, contributing to the offense with six points on a goal and four assists. The 2012 A-10 Defensive Player of the Year added NFHCA All-Region and A-10 All-Conference First Team picks as a sophomore and worked with Prince to help hold foes to 1.75 goals per game on 10.8 shots per contest.

A three-year starter, Prince enters her final season with 63 starts in as many appearances with the squad. The defender from Gorham, Maine, notched nine points as a junior on a pair of game-winning goals and five assists, while recording four defensive saves.

Sikalis is the active team leader in career assists with 11 and owns 21 points over 65 appearances courtesy of an additional five goals, including a single-season personal-best of three scored last year. The A-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player as a freshman in 2010, Sikalis notched 12 points on three goals and six assists as a junior to enter the 2013 campaign as the returning points leader.

Minutewomen Add 10 To Incoming Class
UMass field hockey and head coach Carla Tagliente brought in a talented group of 10 newcomers for the 2013 season, infusing youth into a veteran group coming off of an Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance.

Sophomore Tory Berry joins the program after one year as a member of the Boston College squad. A forward, Berry saw action in three contests for the Eagles in 2012, making appearances against Harvard (9/9), Longwood (9/30) and New Hampshire (10/14). Prior to beginning her collegiate career, Berry was invited to play in the Futures Elite Championship by USA Field Hockey and also earned a bid to the National Field Hockey Championships.

Izzie Delario, one of the nine freshmen, joined the program as an early enrollee for the spring 2013. A native of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Delario was a member of the U17 U.S. Junior National Team in 2012 and also competed at the U.S. Futures Elite. A member of the storied Cape Henlopen High School program, she led her scholastic team to a 72-3-0 record during her four-year career.

Delario marks one of four newcomers who participated in the Futures Elite and National Futures Championship system, including Katie Clark, Nicole Miller and Shauna Rankin-Byrne. Clark also tallied all-region and all-Liberty District honors while tallying the most goals among any midfielder in Liberty District with 14. Miller joins Clark as an accomplished offensive player, as the Washington, N.J., native finished 10th in the state with 79 points on 25 goals and 29 assists as a senior. Rankin-Byrne could see time on either side of the field as the two-time NFHCA All-Region and all-state honoree is capable of playing defense and forward.

Hannah Farrell, a 5-foot-11 back from Carlisle, England, will also bolster the defense. Farrell was selected to play for the North of England High Performance Team in the Futures Cup and was a regional performer for Durham from 2010-13. Farrell is one of three international student-athletes to join the program in 2013, including Cliodhna Loughlin (Dublin, Ireland) and Charlotte Verelst (Braine l'Alleud, Belgium), who play defense and midfield. Loughlin was part of the Railway Union team that won Irish Hockey League, Senior Cup and Jacqui Potter Cup titles. Verelst is a veteran of the Belgium National Program, with appearances on the U15, U16, U18 and U21 teams, including a spot with the squad at the 2013 Junior World Cup.

Another talented scorer adds to the Minutewomen offense in Hailey Cockrum, who finished her final scholastic season at Wilson High School with 24 points on five goals and 14 assists. The all-state and all-country honoree was also awarded her division's MVP award prior to arriving at UMass.

Goalkeeper Emily Hazard rounds out the 2013 class. The 5-foot-8 Minutewomen freshman led Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., to a 2012 state championship behind 117 stops and a .900 save percentage as a senior. For her efforts, Hazard tallied all-America, all-state and all-west regional player of the year laurels while also taking home first team all-conference.



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