Field Hockey

Richmond And VCU Up Next For Minutewomen

Oct. 23, 2013

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes and Information
 Game 17 #12 Massachusetts (12-4, 3-0 A-10) vs. Richmond (10-5, 3-0)
 Date | Time Friday, Oct. 25, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
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 Series History Richmond leads, 12-9-0 (Last: UMass 5, Richmond 0; Nov. 3, 2012)
 Team Information Massachusetts | Richmond
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The Last Meeting
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November 3, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Garber Field)
Senior defender Thando Zono recorded three goals, including the game-winning tally, to send No. 2 seed and No. 19 nationally ranked UMass field hockey to its 13th Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship in program history with a 5-0 win over No. 1 seed and No. 16 nationally ranked Richmond. With the win, the Minutewomen earned the right to host the Northeast Conference Tournament Champions, Rider University, for an NCAA Tournament Play-In Game on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. on Garber Field.

Scouting The Richmond Spiders
The Richmond Spiders field hockey program holds a 10-5 overall record and 3-0 mark in Atlantic 10 Conference competition entering play against the Minutewomen on Friday, Oct. 25. In A-10 games, Richmond has defeated VCU, 6-1; Saint Francis (Pa.), 6-1 and Saint Louis, 2-0. After starting the year with four consecutive one-goal losses - including three in overtime - the squad has reeled off wins in 10 of the previous 11 games and five straight contests. The only loss during the span was a 1-0 overtime decision at No. 15 Wake Forest.

2011 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year Rebecca Barry leads all Spiders with 30 points on 12 goals and six assists. In total, five Richmond players have scored in double-figures over 15 games, with Emma Johansson owning 15 points through seven goals and an assist to follow Barry's lead. Taylor Deitrick, Amy Cooke and Chelsea Davies each own 11 points.

Anna Zarkoski - an Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference selection one year ago - has played 1,055 of 1,095 total minutes in the cage for the Spiders as the starting goalkeeper. She holds a 0.86 goals-against average and .833 save percentage with six shutouts, including one clean sheet shared with Kelley Wentling.

In total, Richmond has outscored foes, 45-13 while recording more points, 125-36. The Spiders also own an advantage over the opposition in shots, 231-147 and on-target attempts, 137-79. Collectively, opponents hold a slim lead in penalty corners, 82-76. During their recent stretch of success since faltering in the opening four games of the year, Richmond has not allowed an opponent to score more than one goal in a game while six of the victories have been via shutouts.

All-time, Richmond leads the series between the squads, 12-9. UMass and Richmond met twice during the 2012 season. The Spiders claimed the regular season meeting at home, 1-0 in winning the conference's regular season title and No. 1 see in the A-10 Tournament. During the postseason, the Minutewomen used a 5-0 decision to claim the Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. In the postseason meeting, then-senior Thando Zono had three goals while classmates Kate Heineman and Kim Young added one each. Heineman added a pair of assists while now-assistant coach Callie Sweigart notched a trio of helpers. Sam Carlino notched a pair of saves while the starting defense of Lauren Allymohamed, Hannah Prince, Sweigart and Heineman limited Richmond to just eight shots total and only four penalty corner attempts.

 University of Massachusetts Field Hockey Game Notes and Information
 Game 18 #12 Massachusetts vs. VCU (8-7, 2-1)
 Date | Time Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 | Noon
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
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 Series History Tied, 1-1-0 (Last: UMass 3, VCU 0; Oct. 14, 2012)
 Team Information Massachusetts | VCU
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The Last Meeting
October 14, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Garber Field)
Field Hockey Shuts Out VCU, 3-0
Three separate Minutewomen produced goals as the UMass field hockey team notched a 3-0 shutout of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Kim Young earned the game-winning goal while senior defender Callie Sweigart and junior forward Alyssa Ineson added security tallies to pace the Minutewomen.

Scouting The VCU Rams
With one game to play before facing the Minutewomen, Virginia Commonwealth University holds an 8-7 overall record and a 2-1 mark in Atlantic 10 competition. The Rams have defeated Saint Louis and St. Francis (Pa.) during A-10 play after falling to Richmond, 6-0.

Emilie Soares owns 13 goals and seven assists for a team-leading 33 points while Kendell Combs follows with five tallies and eight helpers to secure 18 points. The Rams have two more players scoring in double-figures, as Stephanie Demasi and Alexis Schramm have each recorded 15 points through as many games of the 2013 regular season.

Megan Botteri and Kendall Clifton have split time in the cage, combining to earn a 2.46 goals-against average and .740 save percentage as a unit. Botteri is 7-6 on the season with 95 saves versus 31 goals allowed in 13 appearances, including a dozen starts. Botteri has played 879 of a possible 1080 minutes, securing a 2.47 goals-against average a .754 save percentage. Clifton has four appearances with one start so far, totaling 201 minutes of action. She holds a .611 save percentage on 11 stops and seven tallies allowed while recording a 2.43 goals-against average and 1-1 record.

VCU leads their foes in points, 119-108 with 38 goals and 43 assists. Shots favor the opposition slightly, 212-210.

The Minutewomen defeated VCU, 3-0 in the most recent meeting, hosted at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., on Oct. 14. Current assistant coach Callie Sweigart recorded one goal during play alongside now-senior Alyssa Ineson while current-juniors Renee Suter and Lauren Allymohamed added one assist each. Sam Carlino made three save in the cage to record the shutout victory. All-time, the series is tied at 1-1.

Owning The State
During the 2013 non-conference schedule, the University of Massachusetts field hockey team was slated to face five opponents from within the state boarder in Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, Northeastern and UMass-Lowell. With a victory against each, the Minutewomen went 5-0 against in-state rivals, outscoring the bunch, 18-3 in the process while accumulating a 52-7 advantage in points recorded. The sweep marks the first when facing five opponents since the 1980 season while the Minutewomen had not claimed victory against every in-state school during one campaign since going 3-0 in 1992.

The Maroon and White started against UMass-Lowell with a 6-0 victory during the inaugural Kennedy Cup and followed by blanking Harvard, 3-0. UMass added victories over Boston College, 4-2; Northeastern, 2-0 and Boston University, 3-1 to complete the series.

Brooke Sabia secured 10 points on five goals against Massachusetts-based institutions while Molly MacDonnell and Alexa Sikalis added six points a piece, with MacDonnell providing three tallies and Sikalis notching one mark and four assists.

NFHCA Top-20 Rankings Update
UMass field hockey continues to be a dominant team regionally and nationally, with the NFHCA Top-20 poll reflecting the Minutewomen's status among the nation's elite teams. With the weekly release on Tuesday, UMass was slotted at No. 12 among all NCAA Division I programs after defeating La Salle, 7-1 and Saint Joseph's, 9-1 at home during the previous week.

Maryland ranks first followed by North Carolina, Syracuse, Connecticut and Virginia. Penn State holds sixth nationally with Boston College at No. 7 and Duke landing in eighth. Princeton (9), Old Dominion (10) and Stanford (11) rank directly ahead of the Minutewomen, with Northwestern (13), Louisville (14) and Albany rounding out the top-15.

No. 11 UMass opens A-10 Play With 11-0 Win At Saint Louis
The University of Massachusetts field hockey program started Atlantic 10 Conference competition with an 11-0 victory at Saint Louis on Saturday afternoon. Renee Suter tallied two goals and an assist while Lauren Allymohamed added a pair of tallies during the win.

Alexa Sikalis earned four assists and Prince tallied three while Courtney Spleen added a pair of helpers. Prince also secured one goal for five points on the day as Hailey Cockrum, Izzie Delario, Alyssa Ineson, Molly MacDonnell, Nicole Miller and Mel Sutherland each earned one tally.

The 11 goals scored are the most in a single game for the Minutewomen (10-4 overall, 1-0 Atlantic 10) since earning as many against Smith College in an 11-1 victory on Oct. 25, 1979. The total ties the program record for highest output in a single contest.

No. 13 Minutewomen Fight Back For 3-1 Win At Boston University
Junior midfielder Renee Suter scored two penalty corner goals to lead the No. 13 nationally ranked University of Massachusetts field hockey program to a 3-1 come-from-behind win at Boston University on Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Molly MacDonnell added UMass' third goal of the day at New Balance Field while Izzie Delario, Alexa Sikalis, Mel Sutherland and Charlotte Verelst tallied one assist each.

The Minutewomen (9-4 overall) tied the contest at 1-1 on Suter's first goal of the season. After UMass drew a penalty corner, Delario inserted the play to Sikalis at the top of the circle. Sikalis tapped a pass to Suter on her right and Suter followed with a blast into the right side with 22:08 left to play.

Suter pushed the Minutewomen in front with her second strike of the day only 4:45 later. To earn her first collegiate multi-goal performance, Suter fired an attempt into the right side following a penalty corner insert by Verelst and a stop by Sutherland.

After giving up its lead, the Terriers put together a furious run in an attempt to knot the score at two. Cassera directed her final shot of the afternoon at the UMass cage with 12:02 left in regulation. However, Carlino was in place to make the save with her blocker pads for her final of the contest.

Boston University continued to pressure the Minutewomen defense in the circle, notching both of its second half penalty corner attempts during the final stretch of competition. However, the UMass defensive front, led by Allymohamed, Prince and Hannah Farrell, kept the Terriers from attempting another on-target shot to seal the victory.

The Terriers (7-4) went ahead, 1-0 with a goal from Amanda Cassera following the halftime break. Cassera put home a rebound attempt after UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino stopped the initial shot by Madeleine Hackett with a kick save.

MacDonnell used her fourth goal of the season to finish scoring following a penalty corner opportunity at the final buzzer. Suter drive a shot to the goalmouth, where the ball deflected to MacDonnell. The Clifton, Va., native redirected the loose play into the back of the cage to close the competition.

Carrying The Big Bat
Midfielder Brooke Sabia has avoided the "sophomore slump" with an impressive start to the 2013 season. Sabia ranks among the top 20 players nationally in scoring through 14 appearances with 33 points on 16 goals and an assist. The Lafayette Hill, Pa., native's 1.14 goals per game ranks third in Division I while her 2.36 points per game stands 14th overall.

The strong beginning to the current campaign comes after Sabia earned a modest six points (one goal, four assists) over 24 games as a freshman in 2012. Through 38 career appearances, Sabia now owns 39 points on 17 goals and five assists, including tying for an Atlantic 10-best four game-winning goals during the current season.

UMass Field Hockey Among The Top-25
The University of Massachusetts field hockey program sits among the top-25 teams in NCAA Division I field hockey in nine team statistical categories as of games on Sunday, Oct. 20. Below are the categories, placement and statistics for each:
Assists Per Game - Second (3.31)
Points Per Game - Fourth (10.94)
Scoring Margin - Fifth (2.42)
Scoring Average - Fifth (3.78)
Goals Per Game - Sixth (3.81)
Winning Percentage - T-Ninth (0.750)
Penalty Corners Per Game - 10th (8.44)
Shutouts Per Game - Tied-12th (0.31)
Goals-Against Average - 17th (1.36)

Sabia Sisters Power Minutewomen To Win Over Hofstra
The No. 7 nationally ranked University of Massachusetts field hockey team tallied a 5-1 victory over the Hofstra Pride at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Brooke Sabia recorded two goals to spearhead the offense while Allie Sabia, Lauren Allymohamed and Charlotte Verelst earned one apiece.

Hannah Prince secured a pair of assists while Lindsay Bowman, Molly MacDonnell, Alexa Sikalis and Courtney Spleen added one helper each. The multi-goal game for Brooke Sabia was the fourth of the season for the Lafayette Hills, Pa., native, as she leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 22 points on a conference-best 11 tallies.

Brooke Sabia opened scoring in the 11th minute with a penalty corner goal. Prince inserted the ball to Sikalis at the top of the circle. Sikalis redirected the play to Saba for a shot from the left-center of the circle.

Allymohamed followed up Brooke Sabia's goal with her third of the year to double the UMass advantage. Directly following a penalty corner, Prince controlled possession and flicked the ball to Allymohamed at the goalmouth, with Allymohamed pushing a shot into the right side of the cage, past Hofstra goalie Kaitlyn De Turo.

Leading by two goals at the halftime break, the Minutewomen (7-2 overall) opened the final stanza with back-to-back strikes to push the lead to 4-0. Allie Sabia tallied her first goal of the season at the 39:08 mark on a shot attempt into the right side following a pass across the front of the goal by Bowman.

Four minutes, seven seconds later, Brooke Sabia earned her second tally of the game following a pass by MacDonnell across the goalmouth.

Hofstra (3-6) got on the board with 4:40 remaining to play. Marta Penas controlled the ball outside of the circle and fired a pass in the direction of Stella Schoen five yards away from the cage. Schoen was able to tip the ball in mid-air to earn the tally.

However, the Minutewomen extended their lead back to four goals following a penalty corner in the final minute of the game. After the initial shot by Brooke Sabia was saved, Spleen corralled the loose ball and sent a pass between De Turo and the cage to Verelst at the left post for the 5-1 final score.

Prince Named UMass Athlete Of The Week
University of Massachusetts field hockey senior defender Hannah Prince was chosen as the UMass Athlete of the Week on Monday afternoon. Prince recorded three assists during the previous week, including two as the Minutewomen defeated Hofstra, 5-1 at Garber Field on Sunday for their seventh win of the year.

Prince earned an assist on Brooke Sabia's goal at No. 3 Connecticut on Wednesday, Sept. 18 before providing two more as the Minutemwomen fought by Hofstra on Sunday, Sept. 22. Through nine games of the 2013 schedule, Prince owns nine points on a pair of goals and five assists, the same stats total the Gorham, Maine, native compiled during 24 games as a junior.

Minutewomen Split Weekend Slate At Syracuse Invitational
Playing back-to-back games at the Syracuse Invitational on Sept. 13-14, the University of Massachusetts field hockey team faltered against No. 6 Syracuse, 2-1 in a tightly contested game before shutting out Ohio State, 1-0 to close competition.

After Syracuse opened scoring, UMass responded with a Molly MacDonnell goal following a pass from Lindsay Bowman. However, the Orange finished scoring in the contest with a penalty corner goal in the second half to send the Minutewomen to their first loss of the season.

Against Ohio State, The Minutewomen struck for the only tally of the game with 43 minutes, 54 seconds gone by in the contest. On the second penalty corner chance of the day for the squad, Charlotte Verelst inserted the ball to Alexa Sikalis at the top of the circle. Sikalis pushed the play to Sabia, who fired a shot into the right side.

Sam Carlino, who finished with four saves in the cage, neutralized a pair of high quality Ohio State chances over the remainder of play to record her sixth career shutout and third of the season.

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 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 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.

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 Brooke 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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