AMHERST, Mass. -
The UMass field hockey team continues play against Atlantic 10 opponents with a pair of games in Philadelphia, Pa. The Minutewomen head to La Salle first for a Friday, Oct. 19 game at 3 p.m. before facing Saint Joseph's at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21. Live stats will be available to follow both contests.
Series With The Explorers
UMass leads the all-time series between the squads, 16-1 while the Minutewomen earned eight consecutive victories. La Salle last downed UMass during the 2003 season, doing so at home by a score of 2-0. The Explorers are 7-8 overall on the season with a 2-1 record in Atlantic 10 games.
The Explorers are led on offense by Olivia Shoemaker's 13 points (6 g, 1 a) over 14 games played while Colleen Kempf follows with five tallies and one helper in 15 contests. Shoemaker and Kempf are the only La Salle players with double-digit points totals on the current campaign, as their opponents outscore the Explorers, 112-73 while foes hold a 42-27 lead in goals scored. The opposition has combined for a 255-185 margin in shots taken, including a 159-129 advantage in on-target attempts.
Lisa Shaffer has played in and started all 15 games for La Salle, owning a 2.69 goals against average with 40 tallies allowed through 1,041 minutes. Shaffer owns a .732 save percentage and 7-8 record with five shutouts. Lauren Wright has played the remaining 15 minutes of action, allowing a pair of tallies while the duo has combined for a 2.78 goals against average.
Series With The Hawks
The Minutewomen lead the all-time series, 26-4 and outscored the Hawks, 11-1 over two meetings since Saint Joseph's last won a game against UMass in 2009. The Hawks are 4-11 overall and 1-2 in Atlantic 10 games on the current season.
A trio of Hawks own more than 10 points through 15 games, with the team lead held by Jordan Martin (6 g, 2 a, 14 p). Nicole Gerdes follows with 12 points on four goals and four assists while Meghan Githens adds 11 points on three goals and fives assists to pace the attack.
Katie Mitchell owns the starting role in the cage for the Hawks with 15 starts in as many games. Mitchell has tallied a 2.51 goals against average and .752 save percentage with one shutout in 1,032 minutes. Maddie Wagenfeld owns the remaining 32 minutes, giving up six tallies for a 4.39 goals-against average. Combined the duo has stopped 75.8 percentage of their opponents' attempts while combining for a 2.57 goals-against average.
On the season, Saint Joseph's has been outscored, 39-18 while opponents own a 94-52 advantage in points. Shots also favor the opposition, 250-184 while the Hawks has secured a 116-94 lead in penalty corners.
70 Minutes Just Isn't Enough
Through 16 games on the 2012 season, the UMass field hockey squad has played into overtime on six occasions, meaning over a third of the team's games have required extra playing time to decide. UMass is 3-3 in games that go to overtime, with wins against No. 15 Ohio State, No. 17 Boston College and No. 18 New Hampshire.
Previously, UMass has played six or more overtime games in a season only once, when the Minutewomen had six games need extra minutes during the 2000 campaign, which encompassed 23 contests. Throughout the entire A-10 Conference there have only been 17 overtime contests, with UMass being the only squad to participate in more than three games that required at least one extra period.
Top-Notch Competition Providing Early Season Tests
Through 16 contests, UMass field hockey has played a ranked foe 11 times, the most among all Atlantic 10 Conference schools. This year, UMass has faced No. 1 Syracuse, No. 3 Connecticut, No. 3 Maryland, No. 7 Northeastern, No. 12 Boston University, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 17 Boston College, No. 18 New Hampshire, No. 21 UAlbany, No. 22 Richmond and No. 24 Maine.
Within the Atlantic 10, the eight-team conference has played 32 top-25 opponents combined, with Richmond challenging the second-most (six) while Temple follows with four such games and Saint Louis adds three. Lock Haven and St. Joseph's have each battled a ranked foe three times while VCU follows with a pair of meetings and VCU has squared off against top-25 competition once a piece.
As a whole, the conference has gone 8-24 against NFHCA Top-25 opposition, with UMass owning five of those victories. Richmond downed No. 19 Williams & Mary and No. 25 American University while Temple fought by No. 15 Drexel to join UMass as the only A-10 teams with wins over top-25 opposition.
During UMass' 6-2 win over Saint Louis, senior midfielder Kim Young reached the 50-point plateau for her tenure with the Minutewomen. Young has remained one of the most consistent players for UMass since her arrival in Amherst in 2009, recording at least three goals in each season. Young has a pair of 13-point seasons (2009 & 2011) and owns 19 goals and 16 assists in 78 career games.
This year, Young has turned in her best single-season performance at UMass, leading the squad with 20 points on eight goals and four assists. For her overall success on the field and in the classroom, Young has been awarded numerous honors, including First Team A-10 All-Conference (2011), A-10 All-Conference Rookie Team (2009) and NFHCA National Academic Squad and Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference (2011).
Following Closely Behind
Shortly after Kim Young reached the 50-point plateau against Saint Louis, senior forward Nicole Cordero flourished against Saint Louis and VCU, earning 10 points on three goals and an assist. With her recent influx in production, Cordero now owns 39 career points on 17 goals and five assists. In tandem with Young, Cordero is having a banner season in her final year with the squad, totaling 19 points on nine goals and an assist.
Undefeated Week Nets Zono, Allymohamed Laurels
With three wins in as many games, senior defender Thando Zono and sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed were honored for their parts in helping secure each win. Zono tallied Atlantic 10 Co-Athlete of the Week and Allymohamed earned UMass Athlete of the Week after the duo combined for two goals and a pair of assists.
Zono earned the game-winning goal against No. 1 Syracuse before adding her second goal of the weekend against Saint Louis. Allymohamed assisted on the game-winner against the Orange before providing another helper against VCU.
Field Hockey Closes Perfect Week With Wins Over Saint Louis, VCU
After downing No. 1 Syracuse, 2-1 the Minutewomen continues a strong showing at home with wins over Saint Louis, 6-2 and VCU, 3-0 to complete a perfect week at Garber Field. The victories improved UMass to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic 10 play.
Against Saint Louis, senior Nicole Cordero paced the offense with her first collegiate hat trick while Thando Zono, Lindsay Bowman and Molly MacDonnell added a mark each. The Minutewomen controlled play from the onset, finishing with a 30-2 advantage in shots while scoring the first four goals.
When UMass faced VCU two days later, the squad produced its first shutout of the season, 3-0 behind strong play from the defense and three saves in the cage by freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino. Kim Young scored the eventual game-winner on an assist from Nicole Cordero. Callie Sweigart and Alyssa Ineson added insurance goals for UMass, with Ineson's marking the first of her collegiate career.
Minutewomen Upend No. 1 Syracuse, 2-1
In its final non-conference contest of the season, and the most difficult test of the year to-date, the UMass field hockey team defeated No. 1-nationally ranked Syracuse, 2-1 at Garber Field on Thursday afternoon. After falling behind, 1-0 in the 24th minute, the Minutewomen responded with goals from freshman midfielder Noralie Weusthuis and Thando Zono to secure the victory.
Zono provided the decisive goal in the contest during the 63rd minute of play, her fifth tally of the season. Freshman midfielder Allie Sabia controlled possession to begin the attacking run and sent a pass to Zono. After the ball trickled through the legs of a Syracuse defender, Zono ripped a shot into the left side of the cage just inside the post to push UMass ahead, 2-1 at the 62:55 mark.
Zono's goal came slightly more than five minutes after Weusthuis equalized the contest with a re-direction at the 56:16 mark. Sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed earned her first assist of the season as Allymohamed delivered a perfect pass from outside of the circle to Weusthuis' waiting stick.
With the win, the field hockey team became the first women's athletic program to defeat a No. 1-ranked opponent.
Starting Out Strong
Facing a treacherous non-conference schedule that includes 10 teams ranked in the NFHCA Top-25 Preseason Poll, UMass dropped No. 15 Ohio State, No. 17 Boston College and No. 18 New Hampshire to secure three victories over top-25 schools in as many attempts to open the year. Each contest required overtime, with the Minutewomen using the extra period to notch the game-deciding tallies for a trio of 2-1 victories.
Young Named UMass Athlete of the Week
Following a two-goal, one-assist weekend for Kim Young, the senior midfielder took home UMass Athlete of the Week honors. Young provided the game-tying mark at No. 17 Boston College before setting up the game-winner in the contest only 21 seconds into overtime. Young also secured a tally against Dartmouth, and the dangerous attacking player now owns a point in three of four games this year.
When awarded the honor four contests into the 2012 season, Young had already began spearheading the Minutewomen's offensive efforts with seven points on three goals and an assist.
Prince Named Atlantic 10 Player Of The Week
After helping UMass to a pair of wins against ranked opponents, junior Hannah Prince was named Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Player of the Week, the league office announced on Aug. 27.
Prince scored the first two goals of her career, both overtime game-winners, as the Minutewomen defeated No. 18 New Hampshire and No. 15 Ohio State by 2-1 margins on Friday and Saturday in Durham, N.H. She factored in UMass' first goal vs. the Buckeyes, as well, dishing her first career assist.
UMass Downs No. 18 New UNH, No. 15 Ohio State During Opening Weekend
UMass posted a pair of 2-1 overtime wins vs. No. 18 New Hampshire and No. 15 Ohio State last weekend in Durham, N.H. It marked the first two victories over ranked opponents of head coach Carla Tagliente's tenure.
The pair of wins put the Minutewomen out to their first 2-0 beginning to a season since 2000. UMass' last 3-0 start came in 1996 when the squad opened up with four consecutive wins.
In addition to the two game-winners by Prince, seniors Kim Young and Thando Zono also added tallies against UNH and Ohio State, respectively. In goal for UMass, Carlino had three saves vs. the Buckeyes.
Bulk Of Scoring Production Back
UMass returns nine of its 11 players who scored goals last season, including its top-three points producers from 2011 in senior Kim Young, redshirt-senior Callie Sweigart and junior Lindsay Bowman.
The returning Minutewomen were responsible for 65 of the squad's 80 total points last season and 23 of 28 goals. Young led the charge with 13 points on four goals and five assists, en route to all-region and All-Atlantic 10 honors.
Atlantic 10 Predictions
UMass was tabbed second in the 2012 Atlantic 10 preseason poll. Trailing only the defending champion Richmond Spiders, the Minutewomen were picked ahead of Temple, VCU, La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Lock Haven and Saint Louis in voting conducted among the league's eight head coaches.
UMass was the No. 2 seed in last year's A-10 Championships after the Minutewomen tied Richmond for the best regular season record in conference play at 5-1.
Youth In The Cage
UMass will be tasked with replacing four-year starter Alesha Widdall in the cage. Widdall, who was a two-time All-American, a four-year all-region and All-Atlantic 10 honoree in her time with the Minutewomen, was named to the 2012 U.S. Women's National Team this past summer.
Freshman Pennsylvania natives Sam Carlino and Sammy Zeiders will be looking to fill the void. Carlino played club with W.C. Eagles Field Hockey from 2007-2012 and was part of the team that took second at the National Club Championship in 2011. She was an all-area first team standout at Unionville High School. Zeiders was a two-time all-state honoree out of Lower Dauphin High School where she won a state title as a sophomore in 2009-10.