Home Slate Begins For Women's Soccer Tuesday
The Minutewomen will play host to Fairfield at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field.
Aug. 29, 2011
AMHERST, Mass. -
Off to its first 1-0-0 start since 2007, the UMass women's soccer team will begin its home schedule this Tuesday, Aug. 30, when the Minutewomen will play host to Fairfield at 4 p.m. on Rudd Field. UMass is coming off a 2-1 victory at New Hampshire a week ago, while the Stags are currently 1-1-0, including a narrow 1-0 loss to #4 Boston College.
Fairfield is currently 1-1-0 on the season after splitting its first two road matches with a 1-0 loss to #4 Boston College and a 1-0 win at Hofstra.
Laura Reilly has scored the lone goal for the Stags to date, while Nikki Stanton and Shannon Fay each registered assists on that Tally.
Kelly Boudreau has played all 180 minutes in net for Fairfield and holds a 0.50 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage with 12 saves.
Fay is the top returning scorer from 2010. The current sophomore had a team-best 10 points on four goals and two assists last season, helping the Stags to a record of 8-9-3 overall and a 4-3-2 mark in MAAC games.
Against The Stags
UMass is 3-2-0 all-time in its series with Fairfield, which began in 1996. Last season, the Minutewomen routed the Stags on the road in Fairfield, Conn., by a 4-0 margin.
Current senior Deanna Colarossi scored twice in that contest and classmate Meghan Collins assisted on 2010 graduate Ashley Hamel's game-winner.
Milestones were plentiful in UMass' season-opening 2-1 victory at New Hampshire.
Eleven players made their debuts as Minutewomen against the Wildcats, including first career starts for Moa Mattsson, Cecilia Jensen, Becky Landers and Kelsey Varzeas.
Sophomore Jen Houtmann netted her first career goal, which proved to be the game-winner.
Jensen tallied her first career assist and Julie Morrissey registered her first goal as a Minutewoman, bringing her career total to 15 after playing three seasons at Cincinnati.
Though UMass lost a key component to its offense, 2010 NSCAA All-Region midfielder Therese Smith, to graduation, the Minutewomen bring back two of their top three point-getters from last fall in co-captains Deanna Colarossi and Meghan Collins.
Colarossi led UMass in scoring in her first season with the team in 2010, posting nine goals and two assists for 20 points on the way to an All-Atlantic 10 second team honor. Her nine goals marked the highest total by a UMass player since 2004 when Britt Canfield scored 11, while Colarossi's point total was the most for a Minutewoman since Canfield had 26 in 2007.
Colarossi finished in the top-10 in the Atlantic 10 for points (10th), points per-game (10th), goals (8th) and goals per-game (8th) last season.
Collins, who tallied the first three goals of her career last fall, was third in scoring for UMass in 2010. She finished her junior campaign with nine points on three goals and three assists, including two game-winners.
A Strong Back Bone
Among UMass' 10 returnees include four members of the back line: senior Meghan Collins, junior Jess Howe and sophomores Brittany Moore and Lauren Skesavage. The group helped the Minutewomen log seven shutouts in 2010, fourth-best in the Atlantic 10.
Collins played in 56 of 58 possible games in her three previous seasons and has been a regular starter since her freshman year in 2008. Last fall she started all 19 games, helping to bring her current total to 31 consecutive starts and 37 consecutive games played.
Howe has started every contest she has played in her collegiate career, having missed just two matches due to injury over the past two seasons heading into 2011. She tallied two assists last fall for the first two points of her career.
Moore started every possible game in her first year at UMass and collected All-Atlantic 10 Honorable Mention and Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team recognition last season. She contributed two assists, as well.
Skesavage played in all 19 games in her rookie year in 2010 and made her first career start on Sept. 3 against Vermont. She tallied three assists, including two in A-10 play.
Welcome To Amherst
In addition to co-captain Deanna Colarossi, who transferred in to UMass from Oakland prior to the 2010 season, head coach Ed Matz has brought six more transfers into the fold in 2011.
Midfielder Erin McGaffigan and goalkeeper Stephanie Gordon both joined the Minutewomen this past spring after previously having played for Matz at Northeastern. Gordon was an All-CAA second team selection in 2009 and helped the Huskies to a CAA tournament championship as a freshman in 2008 and a regular season title in 2009. She left NU as the program's all-time leader in career goals-against average (1.09) in addition to holding single season records for shutouts (7 in 2008) and goals-against average (0.96 in 2009).
Senior Julie Morrissey comes to UMass after three seasons playing in the BIG EAST conference for Cincinnati. Morrissey was among the Bearcats' top scorers in each of her three seasons, including leading the squad with 16 points on seven goals and two assists as a freshman, becoming the first freshman to lead Cincinnati in points since 1993. Nine of her 14 career goals have been game-winners.
Cecilia Jensen attended Elon last season but did not see action in any matches. She was a high school teammate of current UMass freshman Kristen Gargiulo.
Erin Ronan, a sophomore transfer from Saint Peter's, will add depth for the Minutewomen at the goalkeeper position. Ronan started nine games for the Peahens in 2010 and made 38 saves.
Defender Grace Coombs comes to Amherst from across the pond. The UK native played club soccer for the Charlton Athletic women's team and helped the squad to promotion back into the Premier League National Division this past season.
Among the new faces taking the field for UMass this fall are 10 freshmen, eight of whom hail from Massachusetts (Alex Farris, Emily Benjamin, Tanya Finnerty, Kristen Gargiulo, Becky Landers, Kelsey Varzeas, Alyssa D'Arcy and CJ Johnson), one from New Hampshire (Tori Sousa) and one from Sweden (Moa Mattsson).
This summer Gargiulo, Landers and Sousa helped FC Stars of Massachusetts capture the Region I championship and and advance to the National Finals in Arizona.
Mattsson Honored By A-10
UMass women's soccer freshman midfielder Moa Mattsson was selected to the 2011 Preseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team. Current junior goalkeeper Emily Cota was a previous preseason all-rookie honoree in 2009.
Mattsson, who comes to UMass from, Uppsala, Sweden, is a member of the U19 Swedish National Team and made her international debut in a 4-0 win over Slovakia in September 2010. She played club soccer for Danmarks IF, as well.
Capinera Joins Staff At UMass
Former St. John's goalkeeper, Rebecca Capinera has joined the UMass women's soccer staff as an assistant coach. She comes to UMass from Marist and has previously coached in the Atlantic 10 as a member of the St. Bonaventure staff.
Capinera was the head of goalkeeper development for the Red Foxes and was responsible for the team's video breakdown and exchange. She also assisted with recruiting, practice plans, travel, summer camps and fundraising.
Previously Capinera spent two seasons as the first assistant coach at St. Bonaventure and worked with the Bonnies' goalkeepers, helping the squad to consecutive A-10 Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010, and two 10-plus win seasons.
Capinera was a three-year letterwinner in goal for the Red Storm and collected three BIG EAST Academic Scholar-Athlete honors, while finishing with over 100 career saves.
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