Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship Begins Friday
Nov. 5, 2013
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The Richmond-Lock Haven Scouting Report
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.
The UMass-VCU Scouting Report
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.
Delario Names A-10 Rookie of the Week
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Minutewomen Take Home Inaugural Kennedy Cup Over UMass-Lowell, 6-0
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
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)
UMass Trio Competes In Junior World Cup
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
Sweigart Joins Field Hockey Staff
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
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
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
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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