Music To Their Ears: Medfield's Kathleen Typadis Is Tuned In At UMass
April 25, 2006
University of Massachusetts sophomore Kathleen Typadis of Medfield has a perpetual song in her heart. The Minutemen's version of Bronson Arroyo, Typadis is a talented athlete, who us equally at home with a guitar or lacrosse stick in her hands.
Typadis, who leads UMass with a stunning 36 goals in 15 games this season, has organized an informal, three-member group called "Agurro" with teammates Kristina Twichell and Julie Papaleo to add a little pizzazz to those dreary road trips.
After scoring twice in Sunday's disappointing 11-10 loss to Atlantic-10 foe Temple, Typadis now has 80 points in just 31 career games. She needs one more goal to surpass her total (36) as a freshman. Typadis is on pace to finish No. 2 all-time at UMass by the time her career is finished.
"Last year, I didn't have too many expectations," said Typadis. "I just wanted to play. I learned a lot. This season has been good, too. I feel like I'm on a pretty good roll. I always want to improve on what I did the year before, that's always a goal for me. I never want to be stagnant."
Stagnant is one word that will never describe Typadis.
"She is probably the rawest athlete I've ever encountered," said UMass head coach Carrie Bolduc. "She is just pure athleticism. She does things day-to-day, game-to-game that we've never seen before. There's a lot of improvisation. She competes when she has the ball. She'll do what she can to get by the defender with the ball.
"Sometimes she looks like the matrix out there," Bolduc said. "She amazes me. If you haven't seen her before, when you encounter her it's like, `Holy Cow!' "
The Medfield High product always had UMass as her top choice of college. She said adapting to college level play can be challenging.
"It definitely is a good fit for me," said Typadis, who is majoring in sociology. "I wanted to go to a big school and I knew UMass was playing the top teams and I wanted to play against the best. Probably just the mental part of the game (is hardest). In high school there isn't the same intensity. Here, you have to learn to suck it up during the game's ups-and-downs and ebbs-and flows."
As an attack player, Typadis brings much to the table.
"I'm pretty scrappy, I would say. I love to go to the net," Typadis said. "I don't like anyone to stop me. I'll do anything to get to the goal. The main thing is just stay poised out there, move the ball quickly, and keep the defenseman's head spinning because with one step you can beat them."
Bolduc expects her budding star to maintain a steady upward progression that could lead to All-America recognition and much more down the road.
"She's developing into a more vocal leader," Bolduc said. "Freshmen usually take on a freshmen role and she took on more than what we expected of her last year. She has high expectations and they are not necessarily points and assists. She leads by example.
"I think, yeah, it (All-America) is certainly attainable. She's now up to 80 points and most people can't get that in a career," said Bolduc. "She's on her way."