WLAX vs. DU (A10 CHAMP.)
Photos by Thom Kendall '93
As a senior in 2014:Game-By-Game Statistics
Scored two goals on two shots, had one assist, one ground ball and won three draw controls in win over Southern California (3/22)...Amassed 12 total points in 3-game stretch of wins over Colorado, Vermont, and Southern California (3/22)...Has recorded a hat-trick on 3 separate occasions this year, including the opener vs. Vanderbilt and consecutive contests against Colorado (3/14) and Vermont (3/18)... Against USC had two goals and one assist, and also had three draw controls (3/22)... Scored one goal against Northwestern and picked up two ground balls (3/25)...Had 3 goals, 1 assist, and 2 ground balls in 19-10 victory against LaSalle (4/4).
As a junior in 2013:Game-By-Game Statistics Named to All-Conference first team and All Academic team ... Started in all 21 games played ... scored 15 goals ... had four assists ... had 21 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers, and 27 draw controls ... Tallied two ground balls and two draw controls against Richmond (4/5) ... Scored a goal against Iona (3/2) ... Had a goal against St. Joseph's (4/14) ... Recorded a goal and two groundballs at Boston University (2/27) ... Scored three goals against New Hampshire (2/23) ... Made first career start against Northwestern (2/8).
As a sophomore in 2012:Game-By-Game Statistics Played in 20 games with eight goals and one assist for nine points... Also had 16 groundballs, nine draw controls and five caused turnovers... Scored her first goal of the season against Marist (2/25)... Scored three goals against Sacred Heart (3/4) and added one assist and a draw control.
As a freshman in 2011:Game-By-Game Statistics Played in nine games scoring a goal while adding two groundballs and two draw controls ... Scored her first collegiate goal at Marist (3/22) where she also had a groundball and a draw control ... Made her first collegiate appearance against Vermont (2/19).
Before UMass: Played midfielder for four years at Columbia High School under Coach Wright ... Was named first team all-league and all-conference following her junior and seniors seasons ... Completed her senior campaign with 54 goals and 23 assists while leading the Cougars to a 10-7 record.
Personal: Melissa Marie Carelli ... Born March 23, 1992 to Mark and Diane Carelli ... Has two siblings, Joelle and Richie ... Majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
GET TO KNOW MELISSA CARELLI
Why did you choose to come to UMass? I loved the team. The school was ok, campus ok. But my teammates were awesome and made it an easy choice.
What did you like most about this school? I liked that it was a big school, a lot of school spirit and that the people here seemed crazy and fun. It seemed like the ultimate college experience.
What did you like most about the lacrosse program? My teammates were absolutely crazy, I didn't know whether to be scared or excited. I also wanted to play for a team that was being built up.
What did others tell you about the program or did you have any previous connections to the program that made the decision easy? Other people told me it was a great choice. A good education, not to far away, and that I could build with the program. That it was a team heading towards the Top 20.
When did you start playing sports? I started basketball in second grade, lacrosse freshman year of highschool.
Outside of athletics, what interests do you have? I like to cook, I love clothes, and I love travel-I want to go everywhere. And I love being in the girl cave with my crew.
What is something you have to do every day? Blast music in my car and sing.
What are some of your staple foods & what are your "cheat" foods? My staple foods are chips and salsa. Cheat foods would be wings and mozzarella sticks.
What are some of your must see TV shows? Shameless, Girls, American Horror Story, Big Bang Theory, Family Guy and Modern Family.
What do you want to be doing in five years? I would like to be living in New York or New Jersey with a management or high up position in a corporate event planning company. Or working at a huge venue such as Madison Square Garden.
Who is the most influential person or people in your life? My dad. He is the smartest, toughest, hardest working, and most generous person I have ever met.
You find out you can go anywhere in the world but you have to leave today and get to be there for one week. Where do you go, who do you bring with you and what do you want to experience? I would go to Fiji, or some great mystical island with caves and mountains. I would want to experience the most beautiful parts of nature. I would bring my parents and siblings, my whole grade and some other friends.
What is your favorite thing about being on the lacrosse team? How insane everyone is. It is never a dull day on this team.
What is your least favorite thing about being on the lacrosse team? That it only lasts for 4 years and we all live so far apart.
What have been your top-5 moments with the program?
1.Sam Rush's overtime goal against Albany.
2. The entire A10 championship experience in 2013.
3.Completing my last run test.
4.All the bus rides and team dinners.
5.When Erin Riley performed Listen by Beyonce.
Who is the funniest person on the team and why (examples are good!) Shannon Defliese. Everything she does and says is hilarious. I can't be around her without laughing.
Who is the best singer on the team? I'd like to say me, but I know no one agrees haha.
Who is most likely to end up on a reality TV show? Bowen, Easily.
Who is the smartest person (random knowledge and/or book smarts)? Shannon definitely has the most random knowledge. Not to sure about book smarts with this team....
Who is the most intense player during a game? Rachel. Her eye black alone is intense.
What are some pregame rituals that different people have? Rachel writes in a book, some people listen to songs and dance (like lipgloss), almost everybody has a certain hairstyle they get done.
Who do you live with and what is something interesting about that person? I live with Shannon Defliese, Tanner Guarino, Courtney McGrath and Kelsey Sheridan. There isn't enough space to talk about how interesting and absurd they all are. Love them to death though 320!
If a TV show were to be made about the team, what would it be called? What would be the most interesting thing about the team? What would be the most embarrassing? I don't know the name of the show but the most interesting thing would just be how different we all are but how much we love each other for our differences. Our entire lives and the way we act and dance would be embarrassing!
SINGLE-GAME HIGHS: Points: 1, at Marist, Mar 22, 2011 Goals: 1, at Marist, Mar 22, 2011 Shots: 3, George Washington, Apr 15, 2011 ; at Marist, Mar 22, 2011 Ground balls: 1, at Saint Joseph's, Apr 23, 2011 ; at Marist, Mar 22, 2011 Draw controls: 1, at Siena, Feb 26, 2011 ; at Marist, Mar 22, 2011