Scouting St. John’s
- St. John’s is off to a 2-0-0 start after opening weekend victories over Delaware (2-1) and Fordham (5-0). Rachel Daly recorded eight points over the two matches, including a hat trick against the Rams and was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.
- Picked sixth in the 2013 BIG EAST preseason poll, the Red Storm went 6-10-1 last season, 2-7-1 in conference play.
Against The Red Storm
- UMass is 0-0-1 all-time against Saint John’s having first faced the Red Storm in 2005. The teams squared off in the UConn Classic on Sept. 11, 2005 and played to a 1-1 draw.
- Army is currently 1-1-0 to start 2013 and will play at Seton Hall on Friday prior to visiting UMass on Sunday. The Black Knights opened up last weekend with two matches at home, defeating Fairfield, 1-0 and falling to Rutgers, 3-2. Three different players provided Army’s goals in the opening two matches: Kimberly An, Joey Molacek and Anna Lail.
- Picked fifth in the Patriot League preseason poll, the Black Knights went 8-10-0 last fall, 3-4-0 in conference action.
Against The Black Knights
- This will be UMass’ first meeting with the Black Knights. The Minutewomen are 15-6-0 all-time against current Patriot League members (Boston University, Colgate and Holy Cross).
Last Time Out
- UMass dropped its season opener on the road last Friday at Siena, 4-3. The Minutewomen had 29 shots in the contest, the most by a UMass squad since Nov. 4, 2007 vs. George Washington.
- Junior Alyssa D’Arcy scored twice against the Saints for her second career multi-goal game. In just one game D’Arcy has equaled her goals total from 2012.
- Freshman Megan Burke provided UMass’ other tally on the day, her first collegiate goal.
Home Sweet Home
- UMass is 232-72-13 (.752) all-time at home with a 54-41-4 (.562) mark at Rudd Field.
- The Minutewomen have posted winning records on Rudd in each of the last eight seasons, including an 8-2-1 mark in 2011.
- Thursday’s match against Saint John’s will be the 100th all time for the Minutewomen on Rudd Field.
- UMass returns all four members of its starting back line from last season: Senior co-captain Lauren Skesavage and sophomores Georgia Gibson, Madison Smith and Rebekka Sverrisdóttir. In addition, the Minutewomen regain the services of redshirt sophomore defender Kristen Gargiulo who saw action in 19 matches and started 16 as a freshman in 2011, but missed the majority of 2012 with an injury.
- Skesavage, the most experienced of the group, played in 59 of a possible 60 matches over her previous three seasons in a UMass uniform with 47 starts.
- Gibson, Smith and Sverrisdóttir combined for 57 starts between them in 2012. Gibson and Smith were two of five players on the roster last season to start all 20 games. Sverrisdóttir missed three matches due to injury, but started the other 17.
- Despite the loss of 2012 leading scorer Moa Mattsson (12g, 5a), the Minutewomen still return five of the nine members of last year’s roster who tallied goals in 2012 and six of the 11 players who contributed at least one point last season.
- UMass brings back three of its top-four point contributors from a year ago: Grace Coombs (2g, 4a), Alyssa D’Arcy (2g, 4a) and Jackie Bruno (3g).
New Face In Net
- Following the graduation of goalkeepers Emily Cota and Stephanie Gordon, the Minutewomen will have a new face in between the posts in 2013, Danielle Kriscenski.
- Kriscenski is seeing her first collegiate action after redshirting the 2012 season. Prior to coming to UMass, she played three years as a field player and goalkeeper as a senior at Bristol Eastern and posted a .55 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage, averaging 10-12 saves per-game. Kriscenski received all-state and All-Courant Team honors in 2011, was an all-conference and Bristol All-Press Team selection in 2010 and 2011 and was named an ESPN Rise Player Prospect in 2012.
- Five nations, in addition to the United States, are represented on the UMass roster, by far the most in program history. The Minutewomen imports hail from Australia (Laura Johns), Canada (Kelsey Sitka), England (Grace Coombs, Georgie Highton and Stacie Murray), Iceland (Rebekka Sverrisdóttir) and Sweden (Frida Lindblom). Highton attended high school in U.S. and currently lives in Connecticut, but was born in England.
- In addition to the seven international players, the geographical breakdown of the rest of the roster is as follows: Massachusetts (7), Connecticut (6), Georgia (2), New York (2), California (1), Nevada (1) and Virginia (1).
The Matz Era At UMass
- UMass is 31-27-3 (.533) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus seasons, including a record of 15-10-2 (.593) in Atlantic 10 matches and a trip to the A-10 final in 2011.
- Under his direction, UMass players have earned 10 All-Atlantic 10 honors, six all-region accolades and three All-New England selections.
- Matz is 130-118-28 (.522) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 213-192-44 (.523).
- UMass begin a four-game road trip with matches at Providence and New Hampshire next Friday and Saturday, Sept. 6 and 8, respectively.