Field Hockey

Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship Begins Friday

Nov. 5, 2013

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 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship Notes and Information
 Game 1 Semifinal: No. 2 seed Richmond 4, No. 3 seed Lock Haven 0
 Date | Time Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 | 11:00 a.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Series History Tied, 4-4 (Last: Richmond 2, Lock Haven 1; Oct. 27, 2013)
 Team Information Richmond | Lock Haven
 Social Media @HavenAtheltics   | @SpiderHockey   | Atlantic 10  
 Event Information Tournament Central | Tickets | Parking

The Richmond-Lock Haven Scouting Report
Richmond and Lock Haven will meet for the ninth time in the history of the programs to open the 2013 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship, hosted at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. The Spiders are the No. 2 seed for competition and are tabbed as the home squad for the event while Lock Haven, the No. 3 seed, serves as the visiting squad. Richmond finished the regular season with a 13-6 overall record and 5-1 mark in conference play while Lock Haven finished 14-6 on the year and 4-3 during A-10 games.

In the regular season meeting between the teams the Spiders defeated the Lady Eagles, 2-1 on Oct. 27. Chelsea Davies netted her fourth goal of the season on a penalty stroke to put Richmond ahead, 1-0 in the 45th minute before Taylor Deitrick doubled the lead at 60:54 following a pass from Kelly Quinn. Taylor Kennedy cut the deficit in half during the 62nd minute; however, Lock Haven was unable to find the equalizer during the final eight minutes of regulation.

Rebecca Barry's 37 points on 15 goals and seven assists lead Richmond while Deitrick follows with 19 points on nine goals and an assist. Anna Zarkoski holds down the cage for the Spiders with a 0.83 goals-against average and .830 save percentage through 19 starts in as many appearances.

Nakira Downes' 10 goals and as many assists for 30 points paces the Lock Haven offense through 19 games. Taylor Kennedy and Lydia George follow with 21 points apiece. Elaina White has started each of the team's 19 games and owns a 1.32 goals-against average and .816 save percentage.

 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship Notes and Information
 Game 2 No. 1 Massachusetts vs. No. 4 VCU
 Date | Time Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 | 2 p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Series History UMass leads, 2-1 (Last: UMass 3, VCU 1; Oct. 27, 2013)
 Team Information Massachusetts | VCU
 Social Media @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics   | @VCURamsFH   | @Atlantic10  
 Event Information Tournament Central | Tickets | Parking

The Last Meeting
October 27, 2013
Amherst, Mass.
Balanced Attack Sends No. 12 Field Hockey By VCU, 3-1
UMass field hockey defeated VCU, 3-1 at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon to conclude regular season home play.

The UMass-VCU Scouting Report
The Massachusetts and VCU field hockey programs will face off for the second time this season during the afternoon semifinal contest at the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. UMass, the No. 1 seed, has won two of the three previous meetings with No. 4 seed VCU, including a 3-1 decision during the 2013 regular season. The Minutewomen enter as the No. 12 team in the nation and own a 16-4 overall record, complemented by a 7-0 finish to A-10 games. VCU stands at 10-9 this season and 4-3 in conference matchups.

During the most recent contest between the programs, the Minutewomen earned a 3-1 victory buoyed by scoring plays from the freshman and senior classes. Veteran Molly MacDonnell and newcomer Izzie Delario each provided three points on a goal and assist against the Rams. Senior Hannah Prince added one tally while classmate Alexa Sikalis and freshman Charlotte Verelst totaled one assist each.

Brooke Sabia leads the high-scoring UMass attack with an Atlantic 10-best 39 points on 19 goals and an assist as 11 Minutewomen own at least 10 points on the year. The senior duo of Prince and Sikalis follow with 22 points each. Prince has achieved the mark on six goals and 10 helpers while Sikalis has provided the second-most assists in NCAA Division I field hockey (18) to go with a pair of tallies. Sam Carlino has played all 1449 minutes in the cage over 20 games. The sophomore sports a 1.40 goals-against average and .734 save percentage to go with five shutouts this season.

Emilie Soares leads VCU with 34 points on 13 goals and eight assists over 18 games played. Kendell Combs has added 20 points on the attack via six goals and eight helpers while reigning A-10 Player of the Week Stephanie Demasi follows with 16 points through four tallies and eight assists. Megan Botteri is the starting goalkeeper for the Rams with 1,089 minutes spread over 16 appearances, including 15 starts. Botteri holds a 2.38 goals-against average and .757 save percentage.

 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship Notes and Information
 Game 3 Championship: Semifinal #1 Winner vs. Semifinal #2 Winner
 Date | Time Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 | 2:00p.m.
 Location Garber Field (5,000) | Amherst, Mass.
 Live Statistics GameTracker
 Live Video Atlantic 10 Digital Network
 Series History Richmond leads, 12-10
 Team Information No. 1 seed UMass (17-4) vs. No. 2 seed Richmond (14-6)
 Social Media @UMassFH   | @UMassAthletics   | @SpidersHockey
 Event Information Tournament Central | Tickets | Parking

Delario Names A-10 Rookie of the Week
UMass field hockey forward Izzie Delario received her second consecutive Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week honor on Monday afternoon, as announced by the conference. Delario earned the award after recording two goals and an assist as the Minutewomen defeated Lock Haven and Saint Francis.

Against Lock Haven, Delario recorded an assist on UMass' third goal as the squad took down the Lady Eagles, 4-2. The Rehoboth Beach, Del., native added a multi-goal performance against the Red Flash, including the game-winner in overtime. She currently ranks second in the conference for points among freshmen with 20 despite missing six games due to injury.

Weekend Success Gives Minutewomen Undefeated A-10 Finish
UMass field hockey wrapped up the regular season with a pair of road victories at Lock Haven, 4-2 and in overtime at Saint Francis, 4-3 to finish with a perfect 7-0 Atlantic 10 Conference record and 16-4 mark overall.

The Minutewomen opened play at Lock Haven on Friday with the three straight goals to take a 3-0 lead by the early stages of the second half. Brooke Sabia netted the first before Alexa Sikalis and Hannah Prince found the back of the cage for the three-goal advantage. However, Lydia George scored back-to-back goals to pull the Lady Eagles within 3-2, with the second goal coming at the 43:04 mark of play. The Minutewomen defense was able to stifle any further rally from Lock Haven and Molly MacDonnell iced the contest with an unassisted goal as 76 seconds remained to play.

After Izzie Delario put the Minutewomen ahead 1-0 at Saint Francis, UMass watched its slim lead turn into a two-goal deficit as the Red Flash responded with a trio of quick goals during the start of the second half. Trailing 3-1 with 25 minutes to play, Sabia hit from the edge of the circle at 57:54 before Lindsay Bowman deflected in the game-tying goal with slightly more than eight minutes remaining. In overtime, Sikalis sent a long pass to Delario on the right side, with Delario able to beat the goalie for the game-winning goal at 79:35.

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 Lock Haven, 4-2 and securing a 4-3 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) in overtime.

Maryland ranks first followed by Syracuse, North Carolina, Virginia and Old Dominion. Penn State holds sixth nationally with Connecticut landing in seventh and Duke holding eighth. Princeton (9), Stanford (10) and Boston College (11) rank directly ahead of the Minutewomen. Northwestern owns 13th while Louisville (14) and Wake Forest round out the top-15.

Carrying The Big Bat
Midfielder Brooke Sabia has avoided the "sophomore slump" with an impressive year in her second season with the program. Sabia ranks among the top 20 players nationally in scoring through 18 appearances with 39 points on 19 goals and an assist. The Lafayette Hill, Pa., native's 1.06 goals per game is the fifth-most in Division I while her 2.17 points per game stands 14th overall.

The impressive campaign comes after Sabia earned a modest six points (one goal, four assists) over 24 games as a freshman in 2012. Through 42 career appearances, Sabia now owns 45 points on 20 goals and five assists, including leading the Atlantic 10 with five game-winning goals during the current season. She also holds the top spot among all A-10 field hockey players for points and goals scored.

Minutewomen Duo Takes In Pair Of Honors
A pair of Minutewomen field hockey student-athletes were recognized for the team's successful weekend on Monday as freshman midfielder Izzie Delario was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Hannah Prince was picked as the UMass Co-Athlete of the Week. Prince shares the school award with football's Rob Blanchflower and cross country's Christine Davis.

Delario recorded three points during the two-game slate against Richmond and VCU, earning a goal and assist against the Rams. Delario currently owns 15 points through five goals and as many assists over 12 games played this season.

Prince finished the stretch with a game-clinching penalty shot against the Spiders on Friday and a regulation goal versus the Rams. The Gorham, Maine, native has recorded at least one point in four of the previous five games, with 10 points in the span.

Balanced Attack Sends No. 12 Field Hockey By VCU, 3-1
One goal each from Hannah Prince, Molly MacDonnell and Izzie Delario secured the University of Massachusetts field hockey program a 3-1 victory over VCU at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. MacDonnell and Delario added assists to finish the day with three points apiece while Alexa Sikalis recorded her 16th helper of the season during the game.

MacDonnell registered the first goal eight minutes, 11 seconds into the contest. Standing in front of the cage, MacDonnell deflected a pass by Charlotte Verelst into the top of the cage for the Clifton, Va., native's seventh goal of the season.

After the halftime break, the Minutewomen doubled their lead with a successful penalty corner attempt. Delario inserted the play to Sikalis at the top of the circle, with Sikalis tapping a pass to Prince. The Gorham, Maine, native followed with a shot into the right side of the cage to secure the two-goal advantage.

VCU cut its deficit in half during the 43rd minute when Nicole Breeman deflected a pass from Emilie Soares by UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino. However, Delario padded the advantage with a tip shot at the goalmouth during the 64th minute to seal the game. MacDonnell dribbled into the circle and drew the defense away from the front of the cage before sending the play to Delario for the freshman from Rehoboth Beach, Del., to convert.

UMass Uses Penalty Shots To Battle Past Richmond, 2-1
The University of Massachusetts field hockey team used penalty shots to defeat Richmond, 2-1 on Friday after the squads tied through double-overtime. Hannah Prince had the deciding penalty shot to send the Minutewomen away from Garber Field with the victory while Alexa Sikalis and Charlotte Verelst added successful conversions. Goalkeeper Sam Carlino earned seven saves through double-overtime before she limited the Spiders to one success penalty shot in four attempts.

Using the new format that allows players to start with possession outside the circle and dribble in with an eight-second clock, the Minutewomen converted three of four attempts to clinch the win.

Richmond started the penalty shot series, with Kelly Quinn whistled on her attempt when she knocked the ball with her foot following a block by Carlino. Verelst stepped in for the Minutewomen put through an attempt from close range to give UMass the early penalty shot margin.

Carlino added another impressive stop against Samantha Ostoich before Sikalis converted to double the lead. Chelsea Davies made her attempt while Izzie Delario missed wide to keep the shootout going; however, Carlino turned aside Lindsay Stevens at the left post before Prince hammered in her attempt to secure the victory for UMass.

During regulation and each overtime period, play remained possession-oriented through the center of the field as each defense limited its opposing offense within the circle. Shots favored Richmond, 12-8 through regulation and 6-5 during the overtime periods.

Sabia found the back of the cage 24 minutes, 42 seconds into play for the only goal scored in the first half. The tally marked Sabia's 17th of the season. To record the goal, Sabia trapped a bouncing play at the goalmouth and directed a rebound shot by Richmond goalkeeper Anna Zarkoski.

However, the lead was relinquished on a similar play at 47:47, when Emma Johansson trapped a loose ball near the left post and sent a shot by Carlino to even the score at 1-1.

The Spiders led in penalty corners, 10-4, including a 4-2 advantage during the overtime periods. Zarkoski finished with seven saves against one goal allowed.

Field Hockey Claims 9-1 Win Over Saint Joseph's On Senior Day
Sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia tallied three goals as the University of Massachusetts field hockey team defeated Saint Joseph's, 9-1 at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Verelst added a pair of tallied while Lindsay Bowman, Molly MacDonnell, Hannah Prince and Nicole Miller earned one a piece during 2013 Senior Day.

Midfielder Alexa Sikalis added two assists to push her NCAA Division I-leading total to 15 on the season, while Izzie Delario and Mariajose Rodriguez helped out on one tally each. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino finished with a pair of saves in the cage to improve to 26-13 all-time as a Minutewoman.

The Minutewomen held a 30-7 lead in shots, including a 22-3 advantage in on-target attempts. UMass also secured an 8-3 edge in penalty corners while Deibler finished with 12 saves for Saint Joseph's.

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.

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 secured 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 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.

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:
Winning Percentage - Fourth (0.800)
Assists Per Game - Fourth (3.20)
Points Per Game - Fifth (10.50)
Scoring Average - Fifth (3.52)
Goals Per Game - Fifth (3.65)
Scoring Margin - Sixth (2.12)
Penalty Corners Per Game - Ninth (8.70)
Goals-Against Average - 19th (1.40)
Shutouts Per Game - 23rd (0.25)

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.

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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