No. 10 Massachusetts Hosts Maine, Travels To No. 13 Boston College
Sept. 3, 2014
The Massachusetts-Maine Scouting Report
Maine is 1-1 on the season with a game against Stanford on Thursday, Sept. 4 to play in Durham, New Hampshire, ahead of the scheduled meeting with the Minutewomen. Cassidy Svetek, a junior, leads Maine with five points on two goals and an assist. Seniors Annabelle Hamilton and Holly Stewart and sophomore Danielle Aviani all follow with four points. Freshman Emily Corbet has started both games in the cage and owns 12 saves against five goals against.
The Black Bears started the year with a 4-0 shutout of Central Michigan on Friday, Aug. 29 before they traveled to Michigan State, where Maine fell to the Spartans, 5-4 in overtime two days later. Josette Babineau is in her eighth season at the helm of the program and owns a 74-59 record entering competition against Stanford on Sept. 4.
The Massachusetts-Boston College Scouting Report
With a game still to play at Providence on Friday, Sept. 5, Boston College is 1-1 on the season with a 3-0 win over Quinnipiac on Aug. 29 and a 4-2 loss to Lafayette the following day. Brittany Sheenan's four points an two goals leads the Eagles in the early-going. Abby Bascetta has a goal and assist for three points while Kelcie Hromisin and Emily McCoy each own one goal for a pair of points apiece. Leah Settipane has played all 140 minutes in the cage. She holds a 2.57 goals-against average and .600 save percentage in her third year as the starting goalkeeper.
The Eagles are coached by 10th-year program leader Ainslee Lamb, who competed for the Minutewomen in 1992, when she helped lead the team to the NCAA Final Four. Lamb is 109-69 at the helm of the Eagles and 149-115 as a head coach overall entering play against Providence.
Minutewomen Drop Two Games During Season-Opening Weekend
Nicole Miller scored a pair of goals for Massachusetts, once assisted by Cliodhna Loughlin, against the Terrapins, but a late rally attempt by the Minutewomen fell short after a Brooke Sabia penalty corner shot rattled off the left post and Lauren Allymohamed's corner attempt after time expired sailed wide.
The Minutewomen were unable to generate the attack shown against Maryland when Massachusetts squared off with Temple on Sunday, Aug. 31, as UMass was outshot, 24-7 while the Owls earned a 9-4 advantage in penalty corners.
Minutewomen Tabbed 10th Nationally In NFHCA Top-20 Poll
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
Four From Field Hockey Named A-10 Preseason All-Conference
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