Field Hockey

No. 7 Minutewomen To Battle No. 6 Syracuse, Ohio State

Senior Alexa Sikalis, the current UMass Athlete of the Week, has recorded a team- and conference-leading five assists this season.

Senior Alexa Sikalis, the current UMass Athlete of the Week, has recorded a team- and conference-leading five assists this season.

Sept. 10, 2013

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes and Information
 Game 6 #7 Massachusetts (5-0) at #6 Syracuse (4-0)
 Date | Time Friday, Sept. 13, 2013 | 3:00 p.m.
 Location J.S. Coyne Stadium (2,700) | Syracuse, N.Y.
 Live Statistics Sidearm Sports
 Series History Syracuse leads 17-7-1 (Last: Syracuse 4, UMass 2; Nov. 10, 2012)
 Record Books Massachusetts | Syracuse
 Social Media @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics   | UMass Athletics

Scouting The Syracuse Orange
Syracuse field hockey enters its game with UMass sporting a 4-0 overall record, including a pair of victories each on the road and in neutral site competition. The Orange have scored 19 goals against only allowing four and have outshot the opposition, 91-24 while totaling more penalty corners, 31-9. The Minutewomen and Syracuse split a pair of meetings on the 2012 season as UMass defeated the No.1 nationally ranked Orange, 2-1 on Oct. 11, before falling, 4-2 during the NCAA Tournament First Round on Nov. 10.

This season Lauren Brooks leads the offense with 12 points on six goals while Alyssa Manley follows with four tallies and a trio of assists for 11 points. Leonie Geyer has also eclipsed double-digits in scoring through four games with a pair of goals and six helpers.

Jess Jecko has played all 280 minutes in the cage, earning a 1.29 goals against average and .667 save percentage on four goals allowed and eight stops. Jecko has one shutout, a 4-0 win at Michigan State while Manley and Jordan Page have each recorded one defensive save.

The Orange opened the year with victory over Quinnipiac, 4-1 and Hofstra, 5-1. Syracuse followed with its win at Michigan State before stopping Kent State, 6-2 in its most recent contest. The game against UMass will be the first home game of the year for the Orange.

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes and Information
 Game 7 #7 Massachusetts vs. Ohio State (2-2)
 Date | Time Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 | 2:30 p.m.
 Location J.S. Coyne Stadium (2,700) | Syracuse, N.Y.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Series History UMass leads, 3-0 (Last: UMass 2, Ohio State 1 [OT]; Aug. 25, 2012)
 Record Books Massachusetts | Ohio State
 Social Media @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics   | UMass Athletics

Scouting The Ohio State Buckeyes
Ohio State stands at 2-2 overall through four games played, including one neutral site victory over No. 20 New Hampshire as the Buckeyes look to 10-9 finish to the regular season and Big Ten Tournament First Round exit. To begin the year, Ohio State fell to Temple, 4-1 in Philadelphia, Pa. After defeating the Wildcats to close play at the Conference Cup, the Buckeyes returned home to host their own tournament, downing Missouri State, 5-1 before faltering in overtime against Bucknell, 3-2.

Peanut Johnson leads the squad with seven points on a trio of goals and one assist. Nora Murer follows with a pair of tallies and helpers for six points while Paige Hamilton owns five points on two goals and an assist. A pair of goalies have split time in the cage through four games in Sarah Lemieux and Emma Voelker. Lemieux has played in and started three games, accumulating 170 minutes of action. Lemieux has allowed five tallies for a 2.06 goals-against average and has earned a .615 save percentage with eight stops in net. Voelker sports a 2.36 goals-against mark in 148 minutes, also allowing five goals while making eight saves.

The Minutewomen and Buckeyes last met in 2012, with UMass claiming a 2-1 overtime victory on Aug. 25, 2012. Now-senior Hannah Prince earned a three-point day against Ohio State with one assist and the game-winning goal.

Minutewomen Move Up Rankings To No. 7 Nationally
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) released its first weekly top-20 poll on Tuesday morning, listing the Minutewomen as the No. 7 team in the country. UMass, which started the season at 14th in the preseason rankings, is the only team in NCAA Division I with five victories as of Sept. 10. Ahead of the Minutewomen are North Carolina (No. 1), Maryland (2), Princeton (3), Connecticut (4), Virginia (5) and Syracuse (6). Iowa, Duke and Stanford round out the top-10.

UMass Overcomes No. 19 Boston College, 4-2
The University of Massachusetts field hockey team rallied for two unanswered goals during the second half after Boston College tied the game as the Minutewomen defeated the Eagles, 4-2 at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Brooke Sabia added two tallies for UMass while Lindsay Bowman and Molly MacDonnell secured one goal each. Izzie Delario, Hannah Prince, Mel Sutherland and Charlotte Verelst were each credited with one assist.

The Minutewomen (5-0 overall) secured a two-goal lead with back-to-back tallies from Sabia and Bowman. Sabia broke the scoreless tie on a feed from Verelst at the 12:34 mark before Bowman redirected a Prince pass at the goalmouth for the 2-0 lead only seven minutes, 26 seconds later.

Following halftime, the Eagles (4-1) responded with two goals of their own to even the score at 2-2. Emma Plasteras put home a shot with 37:33 gone by in the contest for the first BC tally. At the 52:10 mark of competition, Emily McCoy added the equalizer on a loose ball play near the cage.

UMass responded only 4:14 later with the eventual game-winning goal. MacDonnell dribbled up the East sideline of Garber Field and shifted to her right to take play into the circle. The senior from Clifton, Va., fired an attempt at the cage, with the ball deflecting off of a Boston College defender before settling into the back of the goal.

The Minutewomen extended the lead back to a pair on Sabia's second strike of the contest. With 6:33 remaining to play, Delario inserted a penalty corner to Sutherland at the top of the circle. Sutherland stopped the play and tapped it ahead to Sabia, who fired into the right side of the cage for her seventh goal of the season and second of the game.

Minutewomen Take Home Inaugural Kennedy Cup Over UMass-Lowell, 6-0
The University of Massachusetts field hockey team claimed victory during the inaugural Kennedy Cup, earning a 6-0 decision over UMass-Lowell at Garber Field on Tuesday evening. Sophomore Brooke Sabia recorded a pair of goals for the second consecutive game as nine Minutewomen tallied at least one point against the River Hawks.

The Kennedy Cup is named in honor of University of Massachusetts and UMass-Lowell alumnus, John F. Kennedy, who is a strong supporter of both institutions. With the win, UMass starts a season with three consecutive victories for the first time since the 1996 campaign.

Lauren Allymohamed, Hannah Farrell, Cliodhna Loughlin and Hannah Prince registered a goal each as UMass (3-0 overall) totaled 17 points during the game. Alexa Sikalis added a pair of assists while Alyssa Ineson, Allie Sabia and Charlotte Verelst recorded one helper each.

Brooke Sabia Brings Firepower To The Circle
In 24 games during her freshman year, midfielder Brooke Sabia totaled six points on a goal and four assists. One year later, Sabia leads the team in points, with 14 on seven goals through only five games. To earn the scoring total, Sabia tallied multi-goal performances against No. 9 Michigan, UMass-Lowell and No. 19 Boston College while adding another during Massachusetts' Kennedy Cup victory over UMass-Lowell.

The Lafayette Hill, Pa., native ranks first among all Atlantic 10 field hockey players for points and goals and is tied for the top spot in game-winning tallies (2). Among all student-athletes competing in NCAA Division I field hockey, Sabia ranks tied for first with Virginia's Elly Buckley and Caleigh Foust while tying for second in points this season with Foust and Boston College's Emma Plasteras.

Field Hockey Opens Season With Victories Over Maine, No. 9 Michigan
Looking to start a season with back-to-back wins for the second consecutive year, UMass field hockey downs Maine, 2-1 and No. 9 Michigan, 3-2 at the University of Maine Invitational. The Minutewomen secured the victory over the host-Black Bears on Friday, Aug. 30, before battling back from a one-goal deficit to earn the win against the Wolverines on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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 Brook 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
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.

UMass 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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