Trio Named Women's Soccer Co-Captains
Aug. 13, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass women's soccer senior defender Jess Howe, senior goalkeeper Stephanie Gordon and junior defender Lauren Skesavage have been named team co-captains for 2012, head coach Ed Matz announced on Monday. The trio will be tasked with guiding the Minutewomen, who open up the regular season this Sunday at home against #6 UCLA.
"Lauren, Steph and Jess all had a great spring season on and off the field, while gaining the confidence of their teammates," said Matz. "I am excited to have these three players lead us into the 2012 season and I believe their dedication to the program will greatly benefit our newcomers in their transition to UMass."
Howe has played and started 57 of a possible 59 matches in her previous three years, including all 21 last season as a junior. The defender helped UMass post 11 shutouts last fall, including five consecutive, the second-most in the Atlantic 10. She has three career assists, including a helper on the game-winner vs. Elon in 2011.
In her first season with the Minutewomen in 2011, Gordon saw action in five games in net, drawing four starts. She posted a record of 2-1-1, including one shutout, and made nine saves in her UMass debut, a 2-1 triumph over New Hampshire. The goalkeeper transferred in from Northeastern where she helped guide the Huskies to the 2008 CAA tournament title and the 2009 CAA regular season championship. She left Northeastern as the program's career leader in goals-against average (1.09) and earned 2009 All-CAA Second Team and 2008 CAA All-Tournament Team recognition.
Skesavage has played in every possible match over her first two campaigns with the Minutewomen and was one of five players to start all 21 contests in 2011. Last fall as a sophomore, the defender helped UMass log its highest shutouts total since 1997 and register a 0.93 team goals-against average. Her first collegiate goal helped the Minutewomen come back to earn a draw at Saint Louis last October, while she also assisted on the game-winner in UMass' upset of nationally-ranked Boston University.