Field Hockey Takes On Rutgers Saturday; Harvard Sunday
Aug. 31, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Field Hockey Team will being seeing all red this weekend, as the Minutewomen play the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers (3-0) Saturday at noon, and then hit the road to take on the Crimson of Harvard (0-0) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Saturday's contest is at Garber Field while Sunday's game takes place at Jordan Field in Cambridge, Mass.
Series Histories: UMass and Rutgers have played 13 times in the past, all between 1980 and 1994. The Minutewomen have dominated the series, going 12-0-1 in those games. The tie came in the 1994 game between the two schools.
UMass leads the all-time series with Harvard with a 9-6-1 record. The Minutewomen led the series 8-2-1 until 2002, when the Crimson ran off four straight wins. UMass snapped that streak with a 4-1 victory last season. Lauren Gillespie (Casco, Maine) scored twice to lead the Minutwomen that day.
UMass will be looking to build off Wednesday's 1-0 win over Sacred Heart at Garber Field. Cher King's (Christ Church, Barbados) goal 5:45 into the game off a pass from Erin Parker (South Deerfield, Mass.) was all the Minutewomen needed as the defense, led by Erin O'Brien (Annandale, Va.) and Kristina DoRosario (Oakville, Ontario), turned in a dominating performance. UMass outshot the Pioneers by a 23-1 margin. It was Justine Sowry's first win as head coach.
Sophomore goaltender Sarah Williams (Colorado Springs, Colo.) earned the victory Wednesday. Senior netminder Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) played in UMass' season opener at Syracuse last Sunday. She played well in the 1-0 loss, making four saves.
Rutgers Report: Rutgers comes into the weekend with a 3-0 record. The Scarlet Knights' hot start has come in the form a 3-2 overtime win vs. Drexel, a 3-1 win vs. West Chester, and a 3-2 win at Lafayette. Liz Tchou is in her fifth year as head coach. Prior to coaching at Rutgers, she was head coach at Duke for seven seasons. She led the Blue Devils to three NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Scarlet Knights return many of their top scorers from a year ago. Junior midfielder Amy Lewis (21 goals in 2006) is off to a hot start with seven goals and one assist in three games this season. Senior back Corinne Bach and sophomore forward Kristen Johnson have been the playmakers, with four and three assists respectively.
Senior goalie Rosalyn Wentko is 2-0 for Rutgers. She has posted a 1.44 goals against average and a .786 save percentage.
Harvard Report: The Crimson will welcome UMass to Jordan Field for what will be the Crimson's opening game of 2007. Harvard is coming off a 4-13 season in 2006. All four of their wins came against Ivy League opponents, as they post a 4-3 conference record. UMass graduate, and All-American with the Minutewomen, Sue Caples ('82) is in her 20th year at the helm of the Crimson. She will field a young team in '07, as last season's top two scorers and goalkeeper were lost to graduation.
The top returning scorer for Harvard is senior back Devon Shairo. She had three goals and one assist for seven points in 2006. Netherlands native Francine Polet, a junior back had three assists a season ago, to lead all returners in that category.
Junior goalkeeper Kylie Stone, from South Deerfield, is the only goaltender with game experience, playing in one game last season.
Along with being named an All-American at UMass, Caples was a member of the 1981 Minutewomen team that went to the National Championship game. She was named to the All-Tournament team that year.
Broadcast Info: Live Video of Saturday's game will be available on UMass All-Access. UMass Athletics' internet multimedia platform features live video webcasts of home events, along with exclusive video interviews. A monthly, renewable All-Access package is available for $9.95 per month. Fans looking for greater value can save $50 on the year, by purchasing the Annual Package for $79.95, or by subscribing to CSTV.com's XXL Annual Package for $99.95 for any game that CSTV.com offers. As always, free live stats will be available via Gametracker at UMassAthletics.com.
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