Minutewomen Host Dartmouth In Home Finale
Oct. 23, 2007
AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Minutewomen (10-7, 5-1 A-10) will play at Garber Field for the final time in 2007 on Wednesday night when they play host to Dartmouth (4-9, 1-4 Ivy) in a 6 p.m. non-conference game. UMass sits in a tie atop the Atlantic 10 standings with Temple at 5-1. They close out the conference schedule on Saturday when travel to Rhode Island to take on the Rams at noon.
On Friday, UMass got another 1-0 win, this time on the road at Saint Louis. Gillespie scored her fourth goal of the season just 2:54 into the game and the Minutewomen defense did the rest. It was also the junior forward's team-leading third game-winning goal of the season.
Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) earned the victory in both games last weekend. She made a dramatic diving save on a shot following a penalty corner in the waning seconds to uphold Sunday's shutout. Letourneau now has a conference-leading six shutouts on the season, including all five A-10 victories. She was recognized for her efforts over the weekend by being named UMass/Dinn Brothers Co-Athlete of the Week on Monday, along with Mark DeSantis of the men's soccer team.
The accolades continue for the Minutewomen as Erin O'Brien (Annandale, Va.) was named a Division I Senior All-Star by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Monday. The senior back is one of only 38 players nationally chosen to participate in the November 17 All-Star Game to be played at the University of Maryland. The UMass captain has led a defense that is number one in the A-10 in goals against average and shots allowed. The Minutewomen have outscored their opponents this season, 25-17. They have jumped on the opposition early, scoring 14 first half goals while allowing only five. UMass has outshot the competition, 209-122, and drawn more penalty corners, 100-56.
The Big Green is coached by Amy Fowler. The 1993 Iowa graduate, where she was a three-time All-American back, is in her seventh season. She entered 2007 with a 63-61 career record. In 2006, she led Dartmouth to a 3-14 record, going 1-6 in the Ivy League.
The hero of last season's game with UMass, Bildner, is back this season and leads the Big Green with six goals. She is tied for the team lead in points (12) with junior midfielder Ashley Hines (five goals, two assists). Senior back Whitney Waugh leads the club in assists with six and has eight points on the year.
Junior goalkeeper Jordan Sedlacek has handled the bulk of the duties in net for Dartmouth. She is 3-7 on the year with a 2.60 goals against average and a .736 save percentage.
Dartmouth is 1-4 on the road this season. Opponents have outscored them, 41-19, and outshot them, 220-172. They have drawn 71 penalty corners, while allowing 90.
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