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Field Hockey 2012 Season-In-Review




Dec. 3, 2012

 UMass Field Hockey 2012 Season-In-Review
 Record Breakdown 15-9 Overall; 6-1 Atlantic 10 Conference; 8-5 Home; 4-2 Away; 3-2 Neutral
 Postseason Finish Atlantic 10 Tournament Champions; NCAA Tournament Participants
 Coaching Staff Head Coach Carla Tagliente (second season), 22-20 overall and at UMass
Assistant Coaches Roz Ellis (second season) and Shannon Taylor (first season)
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 All-Time Record 504-272-28 Overall; 107-26-1 Atlantic 10 Conference; 32-10 Atlantic 10 Tournament; 16-24 NCAA Tournament
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 Notable Recognitions Thando Zono: NFHCA 1st Team All-America & All-Region; 1st Team All-Atlantic 10
Lauren Allymohamed: A-10 Defensive Player of the Year; NFHCA 1st Team All-Region; 1st Team All-Atlantic 10
Nicole Cordero: NFHCA 2nd Team All-Region; 1st Team All-Atlantic 10
Kim Young: NFHCA 2nd Team All-Region; 1st Team All-Atlantic 10
Carla Tagliente: A-10 Coach of the Year
Sam Carlino: 2nd Team All-Atlantic 10; Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
Noralie Weusthuis: 2nd Team All-Atlantic 10; Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team
Team: NFHCA No. 16 national ranking in final 2012 poll

2012 UMass Season In-Review
UMass field hockey returned to the NCAA Tournament after a one-year hiatus in 2012, earning the program's 23rd berth into the NCAAs before finishing the season with a 15-9 overall record and a 6-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play. In her second season at the helm of the program, head coach Carla Tagliente completed the quick turnaround with improvements in the offensive and defensive halves of the field, netting the conference's coach of the year laurel for her immediate success with the program. In addition to Tagliente, an array of Minutewomen took home noteworthy honors during the campaign, including NFHCA First Team All-America for senior defender Thando Zono and A-10 Defensive Player of the Year for sophomore Lauren Allymohamed.

The Minutewomen opened the season with a treacherous non-conference schedule; however, UMass capped off the slate with a victory over #1 Syracuse, marking the first such instance in which a varsity female athletic team at the university knocked off the top-ranked team nationally in recorded history of UMass athletics.

The victory over the Orange also marked the beginning of a 10-game winning streak that extended into the postseason, netting UMass an Atlantic 10 Tournament Title and NCAA Tournament Play-In Game victory. During the stretch of 10 consecutive wins, which included a 5-0 drubbing of #16 Richmond for the conference championship, the Minutewomen outscored their opposition, 40-9. Among the 15 victories earned by Tagliente's squad stands six wins over top-25 teams, including competition with #1 Syracuse, #15 Ohio State, #16 Richmond, #17 Boston College, #18 New Hampshire and #24 Maine.

Entering the A-10 Tournament as the host and #2 seed, the Minutewomen rolled through their two-game slate with blowout wins over Temple and Richmond, paced by A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player Thando Zono, who also tallied NFHCA First Team All-Region and A-10 First Team All-Conference in her final collegiate year.

After downing Rider, 2-1 in overtime at Garber Field, the Minutewomen were selected for a rematch with Syracuse to open NCAA Tournament play. Ranked #5 in the country at the time of the game, the Orange earned victory at Penn State's Nittany Lion Field Hockey Complex, 4-2 to close out the UMass season.

Zono Named NFHCA First Team All-America
Senior defender Thando Zono capped her final year with the Minutewomen as the 32nd recipient of an NFHCA All-America honor in program history. To secure the All-America status, Zono finished the season with 33 points on 14 goals and five assists, with each total representing a single-season career-high for Zono. The Grahamstown, South Africa, native showed a penchant for clutch scoring performances during the 2012 campaign, including the game-winning goal against No. 1 Syracuse and an 11-point Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship weekend. The top honor was one of many issued to Zono during 2012. The NFHCA also named Zono as a First Team All-Region recipient and NFHCA Division-I Senior Game participant while the Atlantic 10 awarded her First Team and Academic All-Conference honors.

Four Take Home NFHCA All-Region Honors
After finishing the 2012 season with an Atlantic 10 Tournament Title and NCAA Tournament appearance, the UMass field hockey team was honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) with four all-region awards on Nov. 15. Senior defender Thando Zono and sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed tallied first team recognition while senior forward Nicole Cordero and senior midfielder Kim Young took home second team laurels.

Zono, the A-10 Tournament's Most Outstanding Player capped her UMass career with 33 points, tied for the most on the team with Young, on 14 goals and five assists. Allymohamed provided clutch defensive performances throughout her sophomore campaign, earning UMass fourth consecutive A-10 Defensive Player of the Year laurel as the Minutewomen held opponents to just 1.75 goals per game.

Young closed her four-year tenure with UMass as the active leader in points due to a consistent offensive output at a senior, securing 33 points on 13 goals and seven assists in her final season. Cordero finished third on the Minutewomen with 29 points on 14 goals and an assist, tying with Zono for most tallies on the year.

UMass Ends Season In NCAA Tournament
No. 16 nationally-ranked UMass capped its 2012 campaign with a loss to Syracuse, the #5 team in the nation, during NCAA Tournament First Round play on Nov. 10. With the loss, UMass concludes the season with a 15-9 overall record, including a 6-1 mark in A-10 games.

The Orange offense totaled three goals during the first half to create a difficult deficit for the potent UMass attack to overcome. After Syracuse added a fourth mark to stretch the lead in the final stanza, senior defender Thando Zono notched back-to-back goals to reach the final score. Zono used a pass from sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed to put UMass in the scoring column before converting a penalty corner attempt during the last minutes of action to reach the final score.

UMass Wins Atlatic 10 Tournament
Facing the No. 1 seed and No. 16 nationally ranked Richmond Spiders, the Minutewomen field hockey team secured the program's 13th Atlantic 10 Tournament Title with a 5-0 drubbing of the Spiders at Garber Field on Saturday afternoon. Facing the team it last lost to; doing so, 1-0 on the road to open A-10 play, UMass dominated Richmond throughout the contest behind the strength of three goals from Thando Zono. The senior defender was awarded the A-10 Tournament Most Outstanding Player Award following the conclusion of the game as Zono notched 11 points on five goals and an assist on the weekend.

Zono recorded a pair of goals in the first half before adding a third in the final stanza - using penalty corners to directly or indirectly record each. Zono opened scoring in the 10th minute with a rebound shot following her initial penalty corner attempt before adding her second of the day on a traditional penalty corner play at the 32:53 mark.

After Kate Heineman and Kim Young added a goal each to turn the contest into a rout, Zono notched the final mark of the contest in the 64th minute following an insert by Heineman and stop by Callie Sweigart.

Heineman tallied four points on the contest, with a pair of assists to go with her second goal of the season. Sweigart added a trio of assists while Young and Hannah Prince each had one helper.

Following conclusion of play, UMass had five players named to the A-10 All-Tournament Team in Zono, freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino, sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed, senior forward Nicole Cordero and freshman midfielder Noralie Weusthuis.

UMass Records 10-Game Winning Streak
UMass secured a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 2-1 overtime victory vs. Rider in the play-in game to secure a 10-game winning streak, the 11th time the Minutewomen have recorded a run of 10 or more consecutive victories in a season in program history. UMass also notched 10-game streaks during 2010, 2000, 1999, 1993, 1991, 1986,1984, 1981, 1980, and 1979.

To secure the 10 positive decisions, UMass mixed stout defensive performances with the highlight-reel offensive shows-of-force typical under Carla Tagliente-led attacking units. The Minutewomen outscored their opposition, 40-9 during the winning streak, averaging 4.00 goals scored to only 0.90 allowed per contest. The streak of victories includes two wins over Temple and one each against #1 Syracuse, #16 Richmond, Saint Louis, VCU, La Salle, Saint Joseph's, Lock Haven and Rider.

UMass Ends Season In NCAA Tournament
No. 16 nationally-ranked UMass capped its 2012 campaign with a loss to Syracuse, the #5 team in the nation, during NCAA Tournament First Round play on Nov. 10. With the loss, UMass concludes the season with a 15-9 overall record, including a 6-1 mark in A-10 games.

The Orange offense totaled three goals during the initial half to create a difficult deficit for the potent UMass attack to overcome. After Syracuse added a fourth mark to stretch the lead to 4-0 in the final stanza, senior defender Thando Zono notched back-to-back goals to reach the final score. Zono used a pass from sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed to put UMass in the scoring column before converting a penalty corner attempt during the last minutes of action to reach the final score.

Minutewomen Tally A Dozen Conference Laurels
When the Atlantic 10 Conference issued its yearly laurels following the conclusion of the regular season, seven members of the UMass field hockey program combined to bring home a dozen awards, the most among any A-10 affiliate. Sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed led the group with the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year honor - the fourth consecutive year UMass has earned the award - while head coach Carla

Tagliente was named the conference's Coach of the Year. Allymohamed - a starter on the backline in each of UMass' 20 games this season through Nov. 1 - also secured Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team along with a trio of squad mates, including senior forward Nicole Cordero, senior midfielder Kim Young and senior defender Thando Zono. In addition to the four first team honorees, a pair of freshman were named to the A-10 All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team in goalkeeper Sam Carlino and midfielder Noralie Weusthuis. On the academic side, Young and Zono were tabbed as part of the 11-student Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference squad. The laurel is the second such for Young while it marks the first time Zono was recognized for her academic success at the University of Massachusetts.

Weusthuis Brings In A-10 Honor
After a three-goal weekend that included the game-winner against Lock Haven, freshman midfielder Noralie Weusthuis was named the Atlantic 10 Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday, Oct. 29. The laurel is the first such issued to Weusthuis by the A-10.

The freshman from Hengelo, The Netherlands, produced one goal against Temple in UMass' 4-1 win before adding a pair of unassisted tallies against the Lady Eagles. For the season, Weusthuis ranks fourth on the squad with 14 points on six goals and two assists and is tops among all A-10 freshman in points during conference play, with nine on four goals and one helper.

UMass Rolls La Salle, Saint Joseph's
With a pair of victories on the road at La Salle and Saint Joseph's, the UMass field hockey squad continued its recent run of success, moving its winning streak to five in the process.

Against La Salle, senior Nicole Cordero provided two goals while classmate Kate Heineman and freshman Noralie Weusthuis added a tally. Heineman netted her first goal of the season - and the eventual game-winner - in the 30th minute to push UMass ahead, 1-0. The senior from Ellicott, Md., sent home a loose ball after Weusthuis fired an on-target attempt at La Salle goalkeeper Lisa Shaffer.

When facing the Hawks two days later, five UMass field hockey seniors led the Minutewomen to a 5-1 victory at Saint Joseph's Ellen Ryan Field on Sunday afternoon. Senior defenders Callie Sweigart and Thando Zono and classmates Cordero, Heineman and Kim Young directed the UMass offense while combining for three goals and five assists on the day. Freshman midfielder Allie Sabia and redshirt-sophomore midfielder Marisa Dunn added their first collegiate tallies during competition against the Hawks.

Trio Honored Following Wins
After the UMass field hockey team tallied a pair of wins on the road at La Salle and Saint Joseph's three Minutewomen were singled out to recognize the recent success of the squad. Senior forward Nicole Cordero totaled Atlantic 10 Player of the Week while freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino received the rookie laurel from the conference and senior defender Thando Zono was named co-UMass Athlete of the Week on Monday.

Cordero has supplied the Minutewomen with an offensive spark throughout the season and has heightened her play since conference competition began. After three goals and an assist over two games during the previous weekend, Cordero now owns 13 points on six tallies and one helper through five conference games. On the season overall, Cordero leads UMass with 12 goals and an assist for 25 points, the fourth-highest total in the Atlantic 10.

Carlino netted her first weekly honor with a strong showing against the Explorers and Hawks, only allowing two goals in 140 minutes of play while recording nine saves. Carlino has achieved similar dominance to Cordero's when facing A-10 opposition, owning a 0.63 goals against average and .870 save percentage while only allowing three goals in more than 330 minutes in net against A-10 foes.

Zono was tabbed the co-UMass Athlete of the Week with swimming and diving's Katie Arnott after Zono helped to lead the Minutewomen through another successful A-10 weekend. Zono spearheaded the offensive charge against Saint Joseph's, recording a goal and two assists to improve the senior defender's season points total to 18 on seven goals and four assists.

Young Reaches The 60-Point Plateau
During UMass' 5-2 Atlantic 10 Tournament Semifinal victory over Temple, senior midfielder Kim Young reached the 60-point plateau for her tenure with the Minutewomen. Young has remained one of the most consistent players for UMass since her arrival in Amherst in 2009, recording at least three goals in each season. Young has a pair of 13-point seasons (2009 & 2011) and owns 24 goals and 21 assists in 81 career games.

This year, Young has turned in her best single-season performance at UMass, owning first on the squad with 32 points on 13 goals and six assists. For her overall success on the field and in the classroom, Young has been awarded numerous honors, including First Team A-10 All-Conference (2011-12), A-10 All-Conference Rookie Team (2009) and NFHCA National Academic Squad (2011) and Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference (2011-12).

Zono, Allymohamed Notch Weekly Awards
With three wins in as many games, senior defender Thando Zono and sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed were honored for their parts in helping secure each win. Zono tallied Atlantic 10 Co-Athlete of the Week and Allymohamed earned UMass Athlete of the Week after the duo combined for two goals and a pair of assists.

Zono earned the game-winning goal against No. 1 Syracuse before adding her second goal of the weekend against Saint Louis. Allymohamed assisted on the game-winner against the Orange before providing another helper against VCU.

UMass Totals Perfect Three-Game Week
After downing No. 1 Syracuse, 2-1 the Minutewomen continued a strong showing at home with wins over Saint Louis, 6-2 and VCU, 3-0 to complete a perfect week. The victories improved UMass to 8-8 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic 10 play.

Against Saint Louis, senior Nicole Cordero paced the offense with her first collegiate hat trick while Thando Zono, Lindsay Bowman and Molly MacDonnell added a mark each. The Minutewomen controlled play from the onset, finishing with a 30-2 advantage in shots while scoring the first four goals.

When UMass faced VCU two days later, the squad produced its first shutout of the season, 3-0 behind strong play from the defense and three saves in the cage by freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino. Senior midfielder Kim Young scored the eventual game-winner on an assist from Nicole Cordero. Callie Sweigart and Alyssa Ineson added insurance goals for UMass, with Ineson's marking the first of her collegiate career.

Minutewomen Upend No. 1 Syracuse, 2-1
In its final non-conference game, and the most difficult test of the year, the UMass defeated No. 1-nationally ranked Syracuse, 2-1 at Garber Field on Thursday afternoon. After falling behind, 1-0 in the 24th minute, the Minutewomen responded with goals from freshman midfielder Noralie Weusthuis and Thando Zono to secure the victory.

Zono provided the decisive goal in the contest during the 63rd minute of play, her fifth tally of the season. Freshman midfielder Allie Sabia controlled possession to begin the attacking run and sent a pass to Zono. After the ball trickled through the legs of a Syracuse defender, Zono ripped a shot into the left side of the cage just inside the post to push UMass ahead, 2-1 at the 62:55 mark.

Zono's goal came slightly more than five minutes after Weusthuis equalized the contest with a re-direction at the 56:16 mark. Sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed earned her first assist of the season as Allymohamed delivered a perfect pass from outside of the circle to Weusthuis' waiting stick.

With the win, the field hockey team became the first women's program to defeat a No. 1-ranked opponent in recorded UMass athletic history.

Top Notch Competition Tested Minutewomen
By the end of its 24-game slate, UMass field hockey played a ranked foe 13 times, the most among all Atlantic 10 Conference schools. This year, UMass faced No. 1 Syracuse in the regular season, No. 3 Connecticut, No. 3 Maryland, No. 5 Syracuse during the NCAA Tournament, No. 7 Northeastern, No. 12 Boston University, No. 15 Ohio State, No. 16 Richmond during the A-10 Tournament, No. 17 Boston College, No. 18 New Hampshire, No. 21 UAlbany, No. 22 Richmond to open conference play and No. 24 Maine.

Within the Atlantic 10, the eight-team conference played 44 games against top-25 opponents combined, with Richmond and Temple challenging the second-most (seven) while Lock Haven, Saint Joseph's, Saint Louis, La Salle and VCU have tallied four.

As a whole, the conference finished 9-35 against NFHCA Top-25 opposition, with UMass owning six of those victories. Richmond downed No. 19 Williams & Mary and No. 25 American University while Temple fought by No. 15 Drexel to join UMass as the only A-10 teams with wins over top-25 opposition.

70 Minutes of Field Hockey Wasn't Enough
In 24 games this year, the UMass field hockey squad has played into overtime on seven occasions, meaning more than a quarter of the team's games required extra playing time to decide. UMass went 4-3 in games that ended in overtime, with wins against No. 15 Ohio State, No. 17 Boston College, No. 18 New Hampshire and Rider.

Previously, UMass played six or more overtime games in a season only once, when the Minutewomen had six games need extra minutes during the 2000 campaign, which encompassed 23 contests. Throughout the entire A-10 Conference there have only been 18 overtime contests, with UMass being the only squad to participate in more than three games that played beyond regulation time.

Prince Named A-10 Player of the Week
After helping UMass to a pair of wins against ranked opponents, junior Hannah Prince was named Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Player of the Week, the league office announced on Aug. 27.

Prince scored the first two goals of her career; both overtime game-winners, as the Minutewomen defeated No. 18 New Hampshire and No. 15 Ohio State by 2-1 margins on Friday and Saturday in Durham, N.H. She factored in UMass' first goal vs. the Buckeyes, as well, dishing her first career assist.

UMass Downs No. 18 New Hampshire, No. 15 Ohio State During Opening Week
UMass posted a pair of 2-1 overtime wins vs. No. 18 New Hampshire and No. 15 Ohio State last weekend in Durham, N.H. It marked the first two victories over ranked opponents of head coach Carla Tagliente's tenure.

The pair of wins put the Minutewomen out to their first 2-0 beginning to a season since 2000. UMass' last 3-0 start came in 1996 when the squad opened up with four consecutive wins.

Brooke Sabia, Allie Sabia, Courtney Spleen, Noralie Weusthuis and Sam Carlino all made their collegiate debuts at New Hampshire. Allie Sabia also logged her first career assist against the Wildcats.

In addition to the two game-winners by Prince, seniors Kim Young and Thando Zono also added tallies against UNH and Ohio State, respectively. In goal for UMass, Carlino had three saves vs. the Buckeyes.

 

 

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