Typadis Climbs School Scoring Chart
March 7, 2007
It was only a matter of time - or in this case just four games into the 2007 campaign - that former Massachusetts women's lacrosse player Jada Emery would relinquish her spot in UMass' all-time top 10 career goals club.
Junior Kathleen Typadis is the current Minutewoman responsible for knocking Emery down to 11th in the record books.
Emery had amassed 88 career goals in her stellar four years at UMass, and was ranked 10th all-time in career goals. Typadis passed Emery with her second tally (10th goal of the season) in an 18-7 shellacking of the Harvard Crimson Saturday. It was her 89th career goal in just 39 games donning the maroon and white.
"It was very exciting," Typadis said about becoming a member of UMass' all-time top 10 scoring club. "It was a good moment."
But Typadis made it clear that her eventual entrance into the record books didn't enter her mind that often in the days leading up to Saturday's game.
"It kind of gives me the jitters," Typadis said. "I don't really like to jinx myself. I just try to go into games with a clean slate and try to do my best every game."
The quarterback of UMass' offense needs just 13 more scores to rank fifth all-time in career goals. And if the Minutewomen's offensive machine remains in proper working condition, she could potentially become UMass' all-time leading goal scorer. That title belongs to Pam Moryl, who found the back of the net 170 times from 1982-1985.
Typadis has put her name in the record books early and often in her two years in Amherst, and soon may need a section reserved in the media guide publication just to keep track of all her records and accomplishments.
In 2005, her freshman season, Typadis became third all-time in UMass single-season draw controls with 36. That seemed to be the number of choice in Typadis' rookie season, as she registered 36 goals and 43 points at year's end. Her season total in points in 2005 also ranks as the freshman record.
A year later, the Medfield, Mass. native began to establish herself as a constant scoring threat, leading the team with 43 goals, which ranks fifth all-time in the single-season goal club.
Typadis is also riding a consecutive scoring streak that has reached 28 consecutive games. She has registered 11 goals thus far in 2007. That streak will be put to the test when the 3-1 Minutewomen clash with the No. 7 Dartmouth Big Green this afternoon.
UMass coach Alexis Venechanos caught a sneak peak of UMass' star attraction and hasn't been disappointed with the feature presentation Typadis has turned out this spring.
"I was actually familiar with her when I was coaching at Northwestern," Venechanos said. "We came to watch a couple of games at UMass last year. She was a really quick and athletic attacker. She was a real game breaker. Once she had the ball in her stick she was a threat to score.
"She is more of a leader with her play - her play speaks volumes," Venechanos added. "Every time we need a goal, if we need a huge groundball, or if we need a spark, she's definitely there for us. And I think she'll continue to do that for us for the rest of the year."
But Venechanos knew that one of her star players still had room for improvement heading into the 2007 campaign.
"She was a little bit reckless at times during the fall season, but I think this year she's been able to see the game better and the game is now coming to her more," Venechanos said. "A lot of her scoring chances are a lot higher percentage than they were in the past."
The pupil agreed with her teacher's assessment that there is still more she can do to become even more of a threat on the field.
"The coaches are pushing me to do more with my left hand and taking drives on my left," Typadis said. "Obviously assisting more this year and getting people open is going to be a big thing for me."
Even though Typadis headlines the team's attack, it is evident this season that her scoring magic is rubbing off on her teammates, as UMass has experienced an offensive resurgence in the young season.
The Minutewomen are averaging 12.50 goals in their first four games this season. Except for a six-goal performance in the season-opening loss to Holy Cross, UMass has averaged 14 goals in their last three contests - all of which resulted in wins. In 18 games last season, the Maroon and White averaged only 8.25 goals a game and scored 14 goals or more on just two occasions. The 18-goal performance versus Harvard was the most goals UMass notched in one game since the 2003 season.
The Maroon and White has wasted no time in displaying its reborn offense to opponents this season as well, having scored 32 first half tallies in its first four games. UMass had 79 first half goals in 17 games a season ago.
Sophomore midfielder Holly Drown has been Typadis's partner in dishing out a steady dose of offensive assault on opponents this year. She is tied for lead in goals with 11, including a career-high five goals in the win over Harvard. In fact, the Minutewomen have six players who have tallied four or more goals this year.
"All the coaches are pushing the attackers and even the defense to be a threat to the goal and they want everyone to be versatile and take it to the net," Typadis said. "I think that's really balanced our attack and given us more scorers."
With the offense at this point thriving under Typadis's leadership, goals along with the wins should likely continue to pile up for the Maroon and White.