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No. 7 Hofstra Visits UMass On Wednesday
Facing its third Top-20 program of the season, the UMass women's lacrosse team hosts No. 7 Hofstra on Wednesday afternoon at Garber Field. The Minutewomen are looking to pull back to .500 with a win before going on a two-game road trip.
The Pride have won the last two meetings in the series between the two programs. A win for UMass on Wednesday would be the first against Hofstra at Garber Field.
Wednesday's game will be the final of the season's first three-game homestand. UMass will host Dartmouth, La Salle and Saint Joseph's in its second three-game homestand of the season (April 5-10).
Despite being the youngest team in the Atlantic 10, the Minutewomen are receiving excellent contributions from its freshman class. Highlighted by the play of Kathleen Typadis, the rookies have contributed 51.4 percent of the team's total points to date including 26 of UMass' 52 goals scored. Typadis has posted 15 goals and five assists to lead the team.
Typadis is having an outstanding season to date as she is on track to shatter the freshman scoring record for UMass. She is also the first player in a decade to post four consecutive hat tricks which she did in her first four collegiate games.
No. 13 Syracuse Downs UMass, 17-8, On Saturday
Syracuse (4-2) cracked the game open in the first eight minutes of the second half scoring four straight goals. The Orange held a 7-5 lead at the intermission, but outscored UMass 10-3 in the second half.
Caitlyn Dragon and Monica Joines led the Orange with four goals each. Dragon added two assists on the day to lead all players with six points. The UMass defense held Joines scoreless through the first half, but the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year selection got free in the second period to score all four of her goals.
UMass (2-3) was led by freshman midfielder Melynda Zwick who registered her first career hat trick with three goals. Sophomore Samantha Sepulveda scored a career-high two goals and added an assist on the day.
The Orange controlled possession for much of the game outshooting UMass 40-14 and forcing 21 Minutewomen turnovers while committing just 10. Freshman Kathleen Typadis scored her 15th goal of the season to open the game's scoring. Fellow freshman Ashleigh Szawlowski found Typadis cutting to the net as UMass took the early 1-0 lead 4:31 into the game.
Syracuse answered with three straight goals as Dragon scored the first of her four goals and Allison Furstenburg added back-to-back tallies.
Sepulveda scored both of her goals in the first half pulling UMass to within a goal, 6-5, of the Orange. Dragon completed the first half hat trick with 40 seconds in the period to give the 7-5 half time score.
The second half was all Syracuse as the Orange hit four straight scores out of the gate. Meghan O'Connell scored twice and Monica Joines scored the first of her four second half goals to spark the run which gave Syracuse a 11-5 lead with 22:17 to play in the game.
Zwick scored all three of her goals in the second half, but it was not enough to pull the Minutewomen back into the game.
Typadis Off To Hot Start
Freshman Kathleen Typadis earned her second A-10 weekly honor on March 14 for her efforts in the win over Albany. She was tabbed the league's Co-Rookie of the Week after scoring four goals and adding two assists.
Earlier this season, she was named the A-10 Rookie of the Week for the week ending on Monday, Feb. 28, after she scored three goals and assisted on another in her rookie debut helping UMass defeat Holy Cross (2/26).
Her three goals against the Crusaders were the most by a freshman in a season-opener over the last five seasons. Typadis joins four other freshman over that time period to score three-or-more goals in a game: 5, Angela McMahon vs. Vermont (3/28/01); 4, Briana Bubeck at Albany (3/17/04); 3, Maura McGarity at George Washington (3/16/02); 3, Miriam Godfrey vs. Vermont (3/28/01).
More On Typadis
With another hat trick performance this Wednesday, Typadis would become only the second UMass women's lacrosse player to have five games of three-or-more goals in her freshman season. Joanna Dignazio totaled six such games in 1995, including four consecutive games.
Dignazio also holds the record for the most freshman goals in the women's lacrosse modern era (since 1995) with 33 goals in 13 games during the 1995 campaign. She also handed out five assists to total 38 points.
Typadis is currently tied for second in total goals among A-10 players and fourth in goals per game (3.50). She also ranks third in the league for points per game at 4.50 and is tied for fifth in assists per game (1.00).
The Medfield, Mass. native was the first Medfield HS player to score 100 career goals highlighted by 77 scores in her senior season.
The freshman also enjoys playing the guitar - she takes her guitar with her on road trips and is part of the three member band `Agoo' made up of Typadis and fellow freshmen Kristina Twichell and Julie Papaleo.
Sophomores Shelley Boyle and Samantha Sepulveda have made solid contributions to the offensive lineup this season. Boyle has scored a goal in three of the five games this season, while Sepulveda has registered a point in every game except at Boston University.
Over the last two games, the trio of Kerri Connerty, Ashleigh Szawlowski, and Melynda Zwick have contributed 19 of UMass' 37 points. Connerty has seven goals and two assists, while `Swuz' and Zwick each have four goals and one assist.
Despite having a young team, UMass has improved statistically over last season's team. After the first five games, UMass is 2-3 whereas last season the team was 1-4. One of the biggest improvements is the home record, 2-1, instead of 0-2. Offensively, the Minutewomen are shooting much better scoring on 45.2 percent of their shots compared to 36.9 percent and hitting 14-of-30 free position shots compared to 8-of-15.
Connerty Named A-10 Player of the Week
Connerty earned the second Atlantic 10 Performer of the Week honor of her career after scoring a career-high six goals against visiting Albany (3/13). She also assisted on two other scores to give her a career-high eight points in the 19-10 win.
For her career, Connerty has now scored 10 goals and posted seven assists against the Danes. Last season it was her go-ahead goal that secured the 17-15 UMass win as they fought back from a second-half deficit. In this season's meeting, it was her final goal of the game which ended a three-goal Albany rally pulling the Danes within five, 14-9, which sealed the victory.
The junior now has 44 goals and 16 assists in 38 career games played.
Inside The Series
Hofstra holds a 10-4 advantage over UMass in the all-time series. The Pride have won the last two meetings.
UMass last defeated Hofstra on March 6, 2002 in Hampstead.
Playing at Garber has not been the advantage that it normally is for UMass when the Pride visit. They are 5-0 all-time in Amherst. Conversely, UMass is 5-4 in Hampstead.
The Minutewomen won the first three games of the series before Hofstra ripped off eight consecutive wins - that streak being snapped by the 2002 UMass win.
The games between the two programs have been historically close as seven of the 14 games have been decided by three goals or less. Only three games have been decided by six or more goals.
Scouting The Pride
Hofstra enters Wednesday's match-up after defeating No. 16 Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. on Sunday. That was the fourth-consecutive top-20 opponent for the Pride in six games. Hofstra has wins over No. 9 Loyola, No. 20 Cornell, and Vanderbilt. No. 17 Boston University won a close 8-7 contest handing the Pride their only loss of the season.
Four players lead Hofstra offensively: Kim Hillier (8g, 8a), Becky Thorn (14g, 1a), Casey McGrath (10g, 5a), and jill Wienecke (8g, 1a).
As a team, the Pride allow just 6.83 goals per game and are outscoring opponents by four goals per game. Hofstra has started games strong outscoring opponents by a 37-18 margin in the first half. That comes on a 100-65 shot advantage in the opening period.
Senior defender Bridget Eder was a Second-Team Preseason All-American selection by Inside Lacrosse ... Eder was also listed on the Tewaaraton Preseason Watch List ... the 10 seniors on the Hofstra roster is the most for the team since the 2001 season ... Eder and Hillier lead the Pride defense with 18 and 16 groundballs, respectively ... Eder also has 12 caused turnovers ... freshman Maisie Osteen is 4-0 in her rookie campaign posting a 6.02 GAA and saving 61.0 percent of shots faced.
The Last Time They Met: Hofstra 10, UMass 8 (3/9/04)
An eight-goal first half propelled Hofstra to a 10-8 win over UMass in Hampstead. The Minutewomen scoring was led by senior attacker Hope Zelinger and freshman midfielder Brianna Bubeck, who scored three and two goals, respectively.
Hofstra took an early lead, scoring two goals within the first minute of play. Massachusetts was able to get their offense going in the sixth minute, as Bubeck scored on an assist from senior captain Tracey Drown. Drown then tallied a goal of her own on a free-position shot, to knot the score at 2-2. The Pride scored six more goals in the first half, while sophomore Lindsay Cassell scored on a free-position shot and Zelinger notched a goal, assisted by Cassell, for the Minutewomen.
With an 8-4 halftime lead, Hofstra began the second half much like the first, as Jill Wienecke scored her third of the game at 22:14. Facing a 9-4 deficit, UMass tried to mount a comeback, scoring three consecutive goals. Zelinger netted one at 19:36 from Cassell, Bubeck tallied her second of the game from Drown just 27 seconds later and freshman midfielder Samantha Sepulveda notched the first of her career at 15:54, unassisted, to cut the lead to 9-7. The score stayed that way until the Pride made it 10-7 with 3:15 left to play. Zelinger tried to spark another late run with an unassisted goal with just 1:42 left to play, but it was all the scoring UMass would get, as it suffered its third straight defeat.
Junior goalkeeper Joey Rubin got her first start of the season between the pipes for the Minutewomen, making 10 saves, but giving up 10 goals. Her Hofstra counterpart, Lisa Papa got the win with seven saves while allowing eight UMass goals.
UMass Picked Second In A-10 Preseason Poll
The women's lacrosse team has been picked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference entering the 2005 season as picked by the league's coaches in a preseason poll. The Minutewomen finished third in the A-10 last year with a 4-3 conference mark. UMass fell in the league semifinals last season to Temple who won the conference title before losing to Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Duquesne is the top pick in the league, followed by the Minutewomen, Richmond and Temple. George Washington and St. Bonaventure are tied for fifth in the poll with La Salle and Saint Joseph's rounding out the picks.
Since 1999, UMass has finished no lower than third in the conference highlighted by a tournament crown in 2000.
No Easy Schedule
Five of this season's 17 scheduled opponents are ranked in the IWLCA Top-20 Poll: Dartmouth, Hofstra, Syracuse, New Hampshire, and Boston University. Dartmouth leads the packed ranked 10th in the poll.
Hofstra cracked the top-10 in the most recent poll with a No. 7 ranking after reeling off a 4-0 record to start the season. Dartmouth is just behind the Pride at the No. 8 spot.
Minutewomen Host School-Record 10 Games
The 10 home games in 2005 is the most ever in program history which should give the Minutewomen a distinct advantage.
The home schedule includes two sets of three-game home stands.
Head coach Carrie Bolduc will face her alma mater on March 19 as the Minutewomen host Syracuse.
All-time UMass is 79-66-2 in front of the UMass faithful.
Veteran St. Hilaire Leads Minutewomen Defense
Fifth-year senior Kristin St. Hilaire anchors the Minutewomen from her defensive spot in 2005. The native of Syracuse, N.Y. was named the 2004 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year after her performance down low last season.
Additionally, she is a three-time selection to the A-10 All-Conference team, a two-time member of the A-10 All-Tournament team and a two-time IWLCA All-Region selection.
The veteran has started all 55 career contests - the only returning player to start every game played.
13 members of the Minutewomen are new. Along with the 13 freshmen players, UMass has three sophomores on the roster.
Among A-10 teams, UMass features the most freshmen players followed by Temple and Richmond which have nine each.
Richmond has one of the youngest rosters in the league featuring 18 underclassmen on its 26 player roster.
Drown Named Assistant
That is a familiar face you see on the UMass sideline, but Tracey Drown has switched roles this season making the transition from All-American player to Assistant coach. On August 19, Drown was named assistant to head coach Carrie Bolduc. She was a third-team All-American as a senior in 2004 leading UMass with 47 goals and 17 assists. Those 47 goals were the second most in a single-season for the Minutewomen. For her career, Drown tallied 61 goals and 20 assists picking up All-Conference and All-Region honors as a senior.
Pavlick, Murphy Return To Garber Field As Head Coaches of Holy Cross and Richmond
This season two former Minutewomen return to Garber Field as head coaches of the opposition. Stephanie Pavlick whose Holy Cross Crusaders open the season for UMass played from 1997-2000 for the Maroon and White. Richmond head mentor Sue Murphy played for UMass from 1987-90 guiding the Minutewomen to two ECAC runner-up finishes (1987, 1988). Murphy had a stand-out career as she ranks second in career goals (125), fourth in career assists (57) and third in career points (182).
Four Sign Early NLI's
Holly Drown (Nashua, N.H.), Kaytlin McCormick (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Julie Pasquantonio (Plainville, Mass.), and Jamie Whiteway (Billerica, Mass.) have all signed National Letters of Intent to play women's lacrosse at the UMass.
The quartet is highlighted by two high school All-Americans in McCormick and Drown.
An honorable mention All-American selection, Drown joins her sister, assistant coach Tracey Drown, at UMass. Drown was the 2004 New Hampshire Telegraph Player of the Year and a two-year All-New Hampshire selection. The midfielder will even take on a familiar number when she suits up for the Maroon and White wearing number 22 which was last worn by her sister.
McCormick, an All-American selection in both her prep field hockey and lacrosse careers, will also compliment the UMass corps of midfielders. The senior at Saratoga Springs High School led the Blue Streaks to its first New York Section II title since 1994 this season. As a junior, she posted 66 goals leading her team to the section finals.
Pasquantonio, who was also recruited by Syracuse, was the Hockomock League Player of the Year. She led King Philip Regional High School last season with a conference-best 86 points after moving into the midfield from the defensive back. Her play as a junior guided King Philip to a league title and a trip to the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association South sectional quarterfinals.
Joining Pasquantonio from the MassElite club team is Whiteway who was the Merrimack Valley Player of the Year as a goalkeeper. A two-time Lower New England selection and member of the Massachusetts Elite team, Whiteway was also the team captain of the cross country team and a member of the indoor track team. Her quickness in goal is enhanced by her black belt in Kung Fu - the highest level of the martial art form.