Minutewomen Host UMass-Lowell For Home-Opener
Sep 1, 2013
Scouting The UMass-Lowell River Hawks
The River Hawks are coming off of a 19-4 season, which ended with an appearance in the NCAA Division II National Championship Game, one year ago. Melissa Effertz stands as the returning leading scorer (39 points, 14 goals, 11 assists) with the graduation of Rachael McCarthy (56 points, 25 goals, 6 assists). Also back on the offense is third-leading scorer Bianca Jones (26 points) and Jenna Freitas (16 points).
Senior Melanie Hopkins returns for one more season in the cage, after finishing last year with 1,500 minutes of game action. Hopkins eared a 0.93 goals-against average with 61 saves and 20 goals allowed. The Harwich, Mass., native secured seven shutouts while totaling a .753 save percentage and 19 victories.
Field Hockey Opens Season With Victories Over Maine, No. 9 Michigan
Against Maine, a goal each from freshmen Nicole Miller and Izzie Delario propelled the offense, while senior Hannah Prince added an assist for her 10th collegiate point. Goalkeeper Sam Carlino stopped six shots to earn her first win of the season and the 15th of her UMass career.
Miller converted a strike from the edge of the circle at the 14:35 mark of the first half before Delario added the second Minutewomen tally with 25:02 to play following a penalty corner.
Seven Minutewomen made their UMass field hockey debuts during competition against the Black Bears, including Delario, Miller, Tory Berry, Charlotte Verelst, Hannah Farrell, Cliodhna Loughlin and Hailey Cockrum.
Against No. 9 Michigan, sophomore Brooke Sabia secured her first multi-goal game as a Minutewoman in leading UMass to its 3-2 come-from-behind victory. The win marks the second consecutive season the Maroon and White have defeated a top-10 nationally ranked foe.
Prince opened scoring early for UMass (2-0 overall) with a goal 9:27 into play. The senior defender took a feed from Sikalis and fired a shot by Michigan goalkeeper Haley Jones for the senior's first tally of the year. The Wolverines (0-1) responded with a pair of goals over the remainder of the first half to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Rachael Mack earned the game-tying mark before Michelle Roberts pushed Michigan in front, 2-1 with 8:09 left in the stanza.
Following halftime, Brooke Sabia converted two attempts to push UMass in front, 3-2 with 30:32 to play in the game. Sabia's first strike came 53 seconds into the final frame before the sophomore from Lafayette Hill, Pa., added a second tally at the 39:28 mark of play. The defense kept Michigan off the scoreboard over the final 30 minutes of competition to give the Minutewomen their second consecutive 2-0 start to a season and only the third since the 2000 campaign. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino made a trio of saves over the span of 38 seconds during the final half to keep UMass in front. Carlino stopped back-to-back Rachael Mack attempts at 60:54 and 61:08 before blocking a Lauren Thomas shot following a penalty corner. Carlino finished with seven saves on the day.
Minutewomen Ranked 14th in NFHCA Preseason Top-20 Poll
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.
UMass Picked To Win Atlantic 10
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)
UMass Trio Competes In Junior World Cup
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
Sweigart Joins Field Hockey Staff
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
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
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
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.