Field Hockey Hosts #4 UConn, Travels To Yale
Sept. 9, 2010
UMass (1-3) vs. #5 Connecticut (3-0)
Sept. 11 1 PM
Garber Field, Amherst, Mass.
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UMass (1-3) at Yale (2-0)
Sept. 12 3 PM
Johnson Field, New Haven, Conn. (Directions)
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AMHERST, Mass. - It will be a big Saturday at UMass as field hockey (1-3) hosts No. 4 UConn (3-0) at Garber Field at 1 p.m., leading into football's 6 p.m. game against Holy Cross at McGuirk Stadium. On Sunday, the Minutewomen travel to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale at 3 p.m.
Last Weekend's Action
Goals by senior captains Katie Kelly and Jaime Bourazeris erased a 1-0 deficit and led UMass to its first victory of the season, 2-1 over Northeastern on Friday afternoon at Sweeney Field in Boston. Kelly scored her second goal of the season in the 18th minute and Bourazeris added the game-winner with 14:31 remaining.
With the score knotted at one apiece with 15 minutes left, the Minutewomen, who had been pressuring the Huskies the whole second half, earned a penalty corner. Off the insertion by Christine Cutry and the stop by Nikki Panciocco, Bourazeris blasted a shot inside the left post for her first of the season and 13th of her career. Cutry and Panciocco each picked up their first assists of the year on the play.
It was a tale of two halves on Sunday afternoon at Jack Barry Field in Cambridge. After Boston University scored two goals and controlled the first half, UMass dominated the second half, scoring once, but was unable to get the equalizer as the Minutewomen (1-3) fell to the Terriers (4-0), 2-1.
Katie Kelly scored UMass' lone goal, a redirect off a Thando Zono pass on a penalty corner in the 42nd minute. It was Kelly's team-leading third goal of the season and 28th of the senior captain's career. Zono's assist was the first of the season for the junior transfer.
UMass outshot the Terriers, 6-4, in the second half and drew six penalty corners in that half while not allowing one to BU. That came after the Terriers outshot the Minutewomen, 9-1 in the first half and outcornered them, 4-1.
After battling to a scoreless tie in the first half in last season's meeting, #7 UConn (12-1) scored three goals in the second half to defeat #10 UMass (9-4), 3-0, on Oct. 9, 2009 at the George Sherman Family Sports Complex. Alesha Widdall made nine saves in goal for the Minutewomen. Loren Sherer led the Huskies with one goal and one assist. The Huskies held a sizeable lead in shots, 30-2, and drew 15 penalty corners while the Minutewomen had none.
Despite their geographical proximity, UMass and Yale had not met in field hockey since 1997 before last year's game. The Minutewomen have dominated the series overall, leading 19-3-1.
Eileen Seffron picked the right time to score the first goal of her career, as it was the only goal in #9 UMass' 1-0 victory over Yale on Oct. 4, 2010 at Garber Field. The sophomore forward scored in the first half off a rebound and the defense, led by Alesha Widdall's four saves, did the rest. Widdall's four saves in goal earned her her fifth shutout of the season.
The Huskies have been a balanced attack in 2010 with six different scorers totaling seven goals. Cara Silvermand has scored twice but senior midfielder Melissa Gonzalez is the team catalyst. A First Team All-American, she, like UMass' Alesha Widdall, is a member of the U-21 U.S. National Team.
In goal for UConn is freshman Sarah Mansfield. The Big East Defensive Player of the Week, she has a 0.43 GAA and a .923 save percentage with two shutouts.
Nancy Stevens is in her 21st year as head coach of the Huskies and 32nd overall. She ranks second among active coaches in wins (503) and first in games coached (686).
The Bulldogs impressive offense in the early going has been paced by freshman Erica Borgo. The Ivy League Rookie of the Week has three goals and two assists in two games. Taylor Sankovich and Maddy Sharp each have two goals.
Katie Bolling has seen the bulk of the minutes in goal, logging a 1.62 GAA and a .700 save percentage.
Pam Stuper is in her sixth season as head coach at Yale and helped lead Yale to three Ivy titles (1998, 2002, 2003) in eight seasons as an assistant.
Kelly now has 28 goals in her career, tied for 17th among active NCAA Division I players.
Jaime Bourazeris is second on the team with three points on one goal and one assist. She has 13 career goals and 11 career assists.
Christine Cutry's assist on Bourazeris' goal at Northeastern was the third of her career. She had two last season as a sophomore.
Junior Nikki Panciocco picked up her first assist of the season against Northeastern, giving her four for her career. She is now in her second season as UMass' primary stick-stop on penalty corners.
Junior transfer Thando Zono recorded the first point of her career, assisting on Kelly's goal at BU.
Zono is the only UMass field player to play all 280 minutes this season. Just behind her are Makaela Potts with 277 minutes and Bourazeris with 275 minutes.
Junior Alesha Widdall has played every minute in goal this season, making 22 saves for a .786 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average. She ranks fourth among active goalies nationally in career save percentage (.780).
Taking On The Best
On Saturday UMass hosts No. 4 and undefeated UConn. Next weekend, UMass plays at No. 20 American and No. 2 and winner of three out of the last five National Championships Maryland. The Minutewomen host more elite competition on successive weekends; Sept. 26 vs. No. 18 Albany and Oct. 3 vs. No. 9 Syracuse.
Between Sept. 5 and Sept. 19, UMass plays four out of five games against reigning conference champions (Boston University - America East, Connecticut - Big East, American - Patriot League, Maryland - ACC).
UMass Field Hockey On TV
The remaining field hockey games scheduled to be televised are Sept. 24 vs. Vermont, Oct. 3 vs. Syracuse, Oct. 9 vs. Saint Louis, Oct. 15 vs. Lock Haven, and Oct. 24 vs. Saint Joseph's.
As always, UMass field hockey's home games will also be webcast on UMass All-Access, while free live stats will be available online via GameTracker.
Check UMassAthletics.com or CBS3 Springfield.com for up-to-date broadcast schedules of UMass games.
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