Interviews from off day at Atlantic 10 Tournament. Defenders Meghan Collins and Lauren Skesavage give their reactions to playing in the championship game vs. Dayton on Sunday coming off a big upset over La Salle.
AS A JUNIOR IN 2012:Game-By-Game Stats Started 19 matches ... Attempted three shots ... Member of a defense that posted six shutouts on the year ... Led the defense in a 4-0 shutout of George Washington (10/21), allowing only five shots ... Played exceptional defense in a shutout of Xavier (9/30), being part of a unit that allowed just four shots ... Was a defender in shutout of Siena (9/23) ... Led the defense in a 2-0 shutout of New Hampshire (9/16) ... Played on a defensive unit that shutout BU (9/14) 1-0 ... Was a defender in a 1-0 shutout at Albany (8/26) ... Saw first action of the season, starting in home-opener vs. UCLA (8/19)
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011:Game-By-Game Stats Started 21 games, one of five players to do so ... Part of defensive unit that logged 11 shutouts on the year, including five consecutive, second-most in the A-10 and most by a Minutewomen squad since 1997 ... Helped squad record a 0.93 team goals-against average ... Scored first collegiate goal to lift UMass to a 1-1 draw at Saint Louis (10/9) ... Logged an assist on the lone tally in an upset of #20 Boston University (9/11).
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010:Game-By-Game Stats Played in 19 games, starting seven ... Registered three assists on the season ... Tallied an assist on the last goal scored in the 5-0 win over Temple (10/22) ... Set up lone goal in team's first-ever win over Saint Louis (10/3) for second assist of the season ... Recorded first career point, an assist on squad's second goal vs. Harvard (9/26) ... In a start at Fairfield (9/12), helped record a 4-0 shutout ... Cracked the starting lineup for the first time vs. Vermont (9/3) ... Saw first collegiate action vs. Washington (8/27), registering a pair of shots.
BEFORE UMASS: Four-year starter and letterwinner for The Walker School under head coach Brad Brown ... Helped lead the Wolverines to three A/AA High School state championships (2008-10) and a state finals appearance in 2007 ... Tabbed All-Cobb County all four years (2007-10) ... Served as team captain both junior and senior years ... Named team's Most Outstanding Defensive Player as a senior in 2010 ... Selected to play for the Georgia High School All-Star team ... Also played basketball at the Walker School ... Served as captain of her club team, North Atlanta Soccer Association, for four years ... '91 Girls Georgia ODP team member (2007-08) ... Played for the Super Y National Team (2005-06) ... Part of Georgia State Cup finalist squad in 2007 and 2009.
PERSONAL: Born Lauren Patricia Skesavage on Nov. 6, 1991 in Atlanta, Ga. ... Daughter of James and Joan Skesavage ... Sister of Matt ... Majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management.