Field Hockey

Field Hockey Travels To No. 17 Albany On Sunday

Jaime Bourazeris has one goal and one assist over the last two games.

Jaime Bourazeris has one goal and one assist over the last two games.

Sept. 28, 2007

AMHERST, Mass. - UMass Field Hockey hits the road again this weekend, as the Minutewomen (5-5) travel to Albany to take on the No. 17 Great Danes (7-3) in a 3:30 game on Sunday at Alumni Turf Field. UMass is coming off a 2-1 victory on Wednesday over Brown University. Albany enters the weekend coming off a 3-0 shutout win versus Holy Cross.

Series History:
These neighboring state institutions, separated by only 100 miles, have only met once in the past. There haven't been many opportunities however, as Albany began participating at the Division I level in 1999. The one meeting was in 2000, with the Minutewomen coming away with a 3-0 victory.

UMass Report:
The Minutewomen, who received votes this week in the STX/NFHCA Poll, come into this weekend having played three straight one-goal games. They are 2-1 in that stretch, winning 2-1 at Siena and 2-1 on Wednesday versus Brown. UMass lost last Saturday, 3-2, at No. 4 UConn in a game the Minutewomen led in throughout. With a win on Sunday, UMass can match their win total from a season ago (6).

The offense has featured a balanced attack lately for the Minutewomen. Seven different players have collected points in the last three games, with the junior and freshmen classes leading the charge. Junior forward Lauren Gillespie (Casco, Maine) has scored a goal in each of the last two games. Junior Erin Parker (South Deerfield, Mass.) has scored a goal in two of the last three games, while her classmate, Mary Shea (Foxboro, Mass.), has two assists in the last three. Freshman back Jaime Bourazeris (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) picked up an assist on Gillespie's game-winner against Brown and scored one of her own at UConn. She's not the only rookie getting in on the scoring act, as Katie Kelly (Dedham, Mass.) has a goal and an assist in the last three contests.



Sophomore Cher King (Christ Church, Barbados) still leads the team with five goals and 11 points, all while drawing much of the opposing defenses' attention. Her two game-winning goals has her tied with Kelly for the team lead.

Following Wednesday's win, Sarah Williams (Colorado Springs, Colorado) has run her record to 4-1 in 2007. The sophomore goalkeeper sports a miniscule 0.74 goals against average, which currently ranks second best in the country. Williams has two shutouts and a .800 save percentage on the season.

Fellow goalkeeper Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) has a record of 1-4 while drawing some tough competition. The senior has a goals against average of 1.70 and a .652 save percentage. She has one shutout of her own in 2007.

Albany Report:
The Great Danes, ranked 17th in the latest STX/NFHCA Poll, have won two straight coming into the weekend. Victories over Colgate, 6-1, and Holy Cross, 3-0, have improved their record to 7-3. America East play kicks off on Friday, as Albany plays at Maine. Albany has played five ranked opponents already this season, going 2-3 in those contests.

Albany is coached by Phil Sykes. He is in his fourth season and led the club to a 12-7 record in 2006. Their 4-1 conference record was good enough to tie for the America East title. Prior to Albany, Sykes was head coach at Cornell in 2003. He also played on the United States National Team in the 1996 Olympics.

The Great Danes are led by sophomore forward Nicole Savage and senior midfielder Michelle Simpson. They have matching lines of seven goals, three assists, and 17 points. Junior midfielder Michele Polizois leads the team with five assists and 34 shots. Sophomore defender Jess Lindsey has added three goals and three assists.

In goal, junior Ashley Ross has a 6-2 record for the Great Danes. She sports a 1.17 goals against average and a .784 save percentage.

Albany has outscored their opponents 27-11. They have outshot the opposition 136-86, while drawing 77 penalty corners and surrendering only 48.

Looking Ahead:
After Sunday's game, the Minutewomen return home to Garber Field for two games. On Friday, October 5, they host West Chester at 3 p.m. in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener. On Sunday, October 7, La Salle comes to town for an A-10 Conference game at noon. Both games will be web cast on UMass All-Access. Live stats will also be available on Gametracker. Those, along with the latest field hockey scores, news, photos, and stats can be found on


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