Minutewomen Host Temple & St. Joe's In Final Home Weekend
UMass (9-6, 3-0 A-10) vs. Temple (7-9, 2-1 A-10)
Oct. 22 3 PM
Garber Field, Amherst, Mass.
Watch: UMass All-Access
Live Stats: GameTracker
UMass (9-6, 3-0 A-10) vs. Saint Joseph's (5-10, 2-1 A-10)
Oct. 24 12 PM
Garber Field, Amherst, Mass.
TV: CBS 3 Now Watch: UMass All-Access
Live Stats: GameTracker
Oct. 21, 2010
AMHERST, Mass. - Coming off a huge two-win weekend that vaulted the Minutewomen to the top of the Atlantic 10 standings, UMass field hockey (9-6, 3-0 A-10) hosts another pair of conference foes in key games at Garber Field in the final home games of the season. On Friday, UMass faces Temple (7-9, 2-1 A-10) at 3 p.m., and on Sunday the Minutewomen take on Saint Joseph's (5-10, 2-1 A-10) on Senior Day.
Sunday's game vs. St. Joe's will be televised live on CBS 3 Now (Comcast 293 in Western Mass.) with Adam Frenier calling the action. Both games will be webcast on UMass All-Access.
UMass comes into the weekend riding a five-game winning streak, including three wins over A-10 foes (Saint Louis, Lock Haven, at Richmond), a double-overtime win at Dartmouth, and a 2-0 upset of No. 8 Syracuse that started the streak.
UMASS FIELD HOCKEY ON TV
Sunday afternoon's game will be the final field hockey game on CBS 3 Now, and will air live at 12 p.m.
As always, all of 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.
UMASS WINS THREE STRAIGHT NAIL-BITERS
Highlights vs. Lock Haven
Highlights at Dartmouth
The Minutewomen had a busy schedule last week with three games, two of which going into overtime. UMass traveled to Dartmouth on Tuesday for an afternoon tilt, and Katie Kelly gave Massachusetts the win in double-overtime, 5-4. After relinquishing a 3-1 first half lead, Potts gave UMass the lead with seven minutes to go on a penalty corner only to see the Big Green knot the score once again two minutes later. Kelly gave UMass the win in the 88th minute on a low from the left corner to become the fifth Minutewoman to score on the day.
UMass continued to build momentum after the wild win in Hanover in a Friday matinee with Atlantic 10 newcomer Lock Haven. Amy Hordendorf put the Lady Eagles up 1-0 with five minutes left in the first half on a rebound attempt before Massachusetts stormed back in the second half with goals from Nicole Cordero and Makaela Potts. The Minutewomen outshot Lock Haven 10-3 in the second half and held a 7-1 advantage in penalty corners during the final 35 minutes.
Massachusetts made it a clean sweep with another overtime thriller at Richmond, 2-1. UMass went down 1-0 for the third straight game when Dani Pycroft redirected a shot from atop the circle into the top of the cage. Thando Zono sparked the UMass comeback three minutes later on a score off a penalty corner, and gave the Minutewomen the lead on another penalty corner off a feed from Potts.
POTTS SWEEPS WEEKLY ACCOLADES
In Tuesday's 5-4 double-overtime win at Dartmouth in UMass' final non-conference game of the season, Potts scored with 6:06 left in regulation to give UMass the lead. In Friday's 2-1 victory over Lock Haven in a matchup of undefeated teams in A-10 play, Potts was the hero of the comeback win, scoring the game-winning goal in the second half, her fourth goal in the last three games. In Sunday's 2-1 overtime win at Richmond, Potts set up the OT game-winner by Thando Zono, earning the assist. As always, Potts was the key member of the UMass defense.
Potts led the team with 15 shots in the three games last week. For the season, she has 12 points on five goals and two assists.
Widdall ranks third among all active goalies in career save percentage (.780) and sixth in goals against average (1.28). She also ranks seventh in minutes played, coming in as the first non-senior on the list.
Senior captain Katie Kelly has been the driving force for the Minutewomen's offense this season. The Dedham, Mass. native leads the team in goals (8) and points (21). Her eight goals account for 32 percent of the team's scoring this season. Her biggest goals of 2010 are her two overtime game-winners, at Yale on Sept. 12 and at Dartmouth on Oct. 12.
Senior Makaela Potts has five goal and two assists on the season, scoring four goals in the last four games, but the two-time NFHCA All-American's true value isn't measured on the stat sheet. A key component on both the offensive and defensive corner units, Potts is also relied upon to be UMass' primary ball-mover and playmaker from the back and midfield lines.
Kelly (49) and Potts (55) have accounted for 104 of the team's 205 shots (50.7 percent). The next closest to them is Nicole Cordero with 21.
Freshman forward Lindsay Bowman scored the first two goals of her career on Sept.11-12, and they were big ones. On Sept. 11, she scored the game's lone goal in the 1-0 victory over No. 4 UConn. On the following day, she scored the game-tying goal with 6:04 remaining before UMass eventually won in overtime at Yale. Bowman was named A-10 Rookie of the Week and UMass Co-Athlete of the Week with football quarterback Kyle Havens.
Among those joining Bowman on UMass' very young forward line are sophomore Nicole Cordero (2 goals, 3 assists), sophomore Kim Young (1 goal), and freshmen Molly MacDonnell (2 goals) and Alexa Sikalis (1 goal). Cordero recorded both assists in the 2-0 win over the No. Orange, while MacDonnell scored her first career goal in that game.
Senior defender Jaime Bourazeris has two goals and a team-leading five assists on the season. Her first goal was the game-winner in a 2-1 game at Northeastern and her second was the game-winner in the Minutewomen's 2-0 win over No. 8 Syracuse. UMass returns nine starters from the 2009 team. Head Coach Justine Sowry also welcomes 11 new players in 2010, 10 freshmen and one transfer.
Sowry, in her fourth year as head coach, has a career record of 52-29 and has twice been named Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year (2007-08) and was named Northeast Region Coach of the Year in 2008.
Despite dominating the play statistically in the first half with an 11-2 shot advantage against SJU in 2009, UMass found itself trailing 2-0, at the half, and after another half of play, the Hawks added another goal to defeat the Minutewomen 3-0. Anne Shreuders recorded the hat trick, scoring all three goals for SJU. The game was UMass' Atlantic 10 opener and marked the Minutewomen's first loss to a conference opponent in over two years.
In a series that goes back to 1978, UMass leads Temple with a 29-11 record against the Owls. Justine Sowry is 1-2 against Temple in her two seasons as head coach.
Last season, Bridget Settles scored off a scramble in front of the goal 3:45 into the second overtime period to give Temple a 2-1 victory over UMass. After a scoreless first half, Makaela Potts scored early in the second half for the Minutewomen. The Owls scored nine minutes later and the game remained tied for the duration of regulation and through the first overtime until Settles' goal early in the second OT.
The Cherry and White are led by Bridget Settles, who has a team best 13 goals and four assists in 2010. Her 13 tallies and 30 points overall are second best among Atlantic 10 players this season. The junior from Haddon Township, N.J. was an Atlantic 10 Second Team Selection in 2009, and has already exceeded her goal total from last season (12).
Sarah Dalrymple has played every minute of every game in goal for the Owls this season, and leads the conference in shutouts (5). Her 1.84 goals against average is third best among Atlantic 10 goalkeepers and a save percentage of .694. She has also started the last 37 games.
SCOUTING SAINT JOSEPH'S
The Hawks are led by Nicole McCreight, who has 12 goals and three assists in 2010. McCreight, a senior, has battled injuries throughout her career, has exploded this season with 27 points- she had just two points after her first three seasons. SJU also has two players who lead the A-10 in assists in Hannah Rogers and Caitlyn Crane, who have six helpers each in 2010.
Kelly Swanick has started all 15 games for the Hawks this season, posting a 2.96 goals against average and .769 save percentage. She leads the conference in saves in 2010 with 131, an average of 9.4 per game.
ATLANTIC 10 PLAY
Including A-10 Tournament games, UMass is 22-5 against conference foes under Sowry. All-time, UMass is 92-24-1 (.790) in A-10 regular season games and 28-9 (.757) in tournament games. The Minutewomen have won a conference-best 12 regular season conference titles and 11 tournament championships.
UMASS TAKING ON THE BEST
The Minutewomen have defeated two ranked teams in 2010, both top 10 squads from the Big East: No. 4 UConn, 1-0 (Sept. 11), and No. 8 Syracuse, 2-0 (Oct. 3).
Four of UMass' losses have come by one goal and all six have come to teams that were either ranked at the time or are currently ranked (No. 9 Boston College, 1-0; No. 17 Indiana, 2-1; current No. 13 Boston University, 2-1; No. 18 American, 2-0; No. 2 Maryland, 3-0; and No. 19 Albany, 2-1).
UMASS SHUTS OUT THE ORANGE
Jaime Bourazeris scored in the first half, Molly MacDonnell scored a second-half goal, and Alesha Widdall made 11 saves to lead UMass field hockey (5-6) to a 2-0 victory over No. 8 Syracuse (7-4) on Oct. 3 afternoon at Garber Field. The win comes on Head Coach Justine Sowry's birthday and is the Minutewomen first win over the Orange since 1998, snapping a string of 12 Orange wins in the series.
The win served as a fitting birthday present to Sowry who had been 0-4 against Syracuse coming into the game.
No. 8 Syracuse is the second top 10 ranked Big East team the Minutewomen have upset in 2010. UMass defeated No. 4 Connecticut, 1-0 on Sept. 11, also at Garber Field. Both UMass goals were set up on passes by Nicole Cordero, the first two assists of the sophomore forward's career.
Widdall made a season-high 11 saves in goal and made a spectacular diving stop on a penalty stroke by Syracuse's Martina Loncarica with 2:11 left in the game to keep the shutout. It is the junior's third shutout of the season and 16th of her career.
MINUTEWOMEN UPSET NO. 4 UCONN
Eight of UMass' 11 game have been against teams that were ranked at the time of the game or currently are ranked.
It was the Minutewomen's first victory over the Huskies since 2000, a span of 11 games. It is also the highest ranked opponent UMass has defeated in the Justine Sowry era, replacing last season's win over No. 9 Iowa.
UMass last defeated UConn on Sept. 30, 2000, 2-1, in Amherst. The Huskies had won the last 10 meetings.
The win was also the highest-ranked opponent UMass has beaten in 14 years, dating back to a 3-2 double-overtime victory over No. 4 James Madison on Sept. 14, 1996 in Iowa City, Iowa.
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