Field Hockey

No. 10 UMass Prepares For Meeting With No. 7 Virginia

Nov. 14, 2013

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 NCAA Tournament First & Second Round Notes and Information
 First Round No. 10 Massachusetts vs. No. 7 Virginia
 Date | Time Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
 Location Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium | Duke University; Durham, N.C.
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 Series History UMass leads, 4-3-1 (Last: Virginia 2, UMass 1; Sept. 4, 1999)
 Team Information Massachusetts | Virginia
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The Massachusetts-Virginia Scouting Report
The University of Massachusetts and University of Virginia field hockey programs meet for the eighth time in the series history and first time in postseason play on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be played at Duke University in Durham, N.C., the host institution for one of the four pods of the NCAA Tournament opening rounds.

Elly Buckley 48 points on 20 goals and eight assists leads Virginia's offense. Three Cavaliers have each earned 20 points through as many games of the season, including Caleigh Foust and Riley Tata's totals achieved on 10 goals apiece. Lucy Hyams also owns 20 points, achieving the total on five goals and 10 assists.

Jenny Johnstone has played all of Virginia's 1,430 minutes in goalwith 29 goals allowed versus 82 saves made. Johnstone, a junior, holds a .739 save percentage and 1.42 goals-against average with six shutouts and a 15-5 record.

As a team, Virginia has outscored its opponents, 58-29 with more points, 156-79 and a high shots total, 369-206. The Cavaliers also hold a significant margin in penalty corners, 151-89.

The teams last met during the 1999 regular season, when Virginia traveled to Massachusetts and took a 2-1 decision from the Minutewomen on Sept. 4.

Filling Out The Pod
Two more teams will be in competition at Duke University on Saturday as the host-Blue Devils face New Hampshire in an opening round matchup scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. Duke enters the game at 14-6 overall while New Hampshire holds a 15-6 overall record and earned its berth into the tournament by winning the America East Championship at Memorial Field in Durham, N.H.

The winner of this contest will face the victor of the Massachusetts-Virginia tilt on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.

UMass Wins Second Consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship
The UMass field hockey squad recorded its second consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship victory with a 2-1 win over Richmond at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass., on Saturday, Nov. 9. The tournament title marks the 14th in program history and guarantees the Minutewomen a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

In the championship game, UMass fought past Richmond for the second straight season, this time on the strength of goals by Hannah Prince and Izzie Delario. Alexa Sikalis earned one assist along with Cliodhna Loughlin and Delario, who finished with three points on the game. After UMass scored twice the Spiders tallied their lone goal in the 17th minute; however, the Minutewomen defense stepped up to hold Richmond scoreless over the remainder of regulation to seal the win.

Lauren Allymohamed provided a veteran touch on offense and defense in the semifinal victory over VCU, a 1-0 decision in double-overtime. Massachusetts controlled play for much of the contest to register a 34-4 advantage in total shots and 20-0 lead in on-target attempts. With 13-of-the-14 penalty corners taken during the game going to UMass, Allymohamed used the squad's final chance of the day to send the team away from Garber Field victorious, doing so on an insert from Prince at 90:44.

Allymohamed Named Atlantic 10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Lauren Allymohamed took home the Atlantic 10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award for her play during the two-game slate that pitted the Minutewomen against VCU in the semfinals and Richmond during the championship game.

Allymohamed provided the double-overtime game-winner in the 91st minute against VCU to send UMass to the championship. She followed the next day with stellar defensive play to limit the dangerous Richmond attack to just one goal in the 2-1 victory. Allymohamed was also named to the all-tournament team along with three additional Minutewomen: Izzie Delario, Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis.

Minutewomen Sweep Major Atlantic 10 Year-End Awards
UMass field hockey took home each of the four "of the year" laurels handed out by the Atlantic 10 Conference at the end of the regular season. Brooke Sabia was named the Player of the Year, Lauren Allymohamed was chosen as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, Charlotte Verelst was tabbed the top rookie and Carla Tagliente earned the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year laurel for the second straight year.

Four Minutewomen were chosen for the A-10 First Team All-Conference listing, with Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis joining Allymohamed and Sabia in earning the honor. Verelst was placed on the second team and all-rookie squad. Sikalis also earned Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team status alongside teammate Sam Carlino.

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, Nov. 4, 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. 10 among all NCAA Division I programs after defeating VCU, 1-0 in double-overtime and trumping Richmond, 2-1 to win the Atlantic 10 Championship.

Maryland ranks first, followed by Syracuse, North Carolina, Connecticut, Duke and Old Dominion. Virginia holds seventh nationally with Princeton landing in eighth and Penn State holding ninth. Behind the Minutewomen sits Standford in 12th, Wake Forest (13), Delaware (14) and Louisville to round out the top-15.

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, Oct. 28, 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.

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.

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 - Third (0.818)
Assists Per Game - Fourth (3.09)
Points Per Game - Fifth (10.00)
Goals Per Game - Fifth (3.45)
Scoring Margin - Seventh (2.00)
Scoring Average - Seventh (3.30)
Penalty Corners Per Game - Seventh (8.64)
Goals-Against Average - 14th (1.30)
Shutouts Per Game - 21st (0.27)

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 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.

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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