The Last Meeting
September 20, 2012
Brown Bests UMass Women's Soccer, 1-0
Despite placing 11 shots on target, the UMass women's soccer team came up short at Brown on Thursday afternoon, seeing its winning streak snap with a 1-0 setback to the Bears. The Minutewomen are now 4-5-0, while Brown improves to 6-1-0 on the season.
-Brown has started the season with a 2-2 record after an overtime win vs. Northeastern (2-1) and a loss at Central Florida (0-2) in the past week.
-Junior Forward Chloe Cross is leading the Bears with 12 shots, three points and a game winning goal, which came against Northeastern.
-Senior Goalie Amber Bledsoe has started all four games thus far for Brown, but has been splitting time with MC Barrett, who has logged almost identical minutes. Barrett has only allowed one goal, while Bledsoe has allowed six.
-Through four games this season, Brown has only scored three goals.
Against The Bears
-UMass is 11-5-1 all-time against Brown with their first meeting coming in 1978.
-Their last meeting came a season ago at Brown when the Bears defeated the Minutewomen 1-0 in Providence.
-Northeastern will take on Maine before traveling to Amherst on Sunday afternoon.
-The Huskies are 0-5-2 to start the season and have earned a record of 0-3-1 on the road.
-Senior Hanna Terry leads the team with 25 shots, 13 shots on goal, and one goal. Three other Huskies have scored a goal so far this season.
-Junior Paige Burnett has started all seven games for Northeastern. She has recorded a 2.14 goals-against average and a .746 save percentage with 47 saves.
-The Huskies have been outscored 16-4 through seven games.
Against The Huskies
-This will be the first ever meeting between the Huskies and Minutewomen.
-Minutewomen Head Coach Ed Matz faces his former team for the first time since coming to Amherst after the 2009 season. He coached nine seasons with the men’s team (1996-2004) and 11 with the women’s (1999-2009)-Matz posted a combined record of 182-165-41.
Last Time Out
- Freshmen Sarah Pandolfi and Daniela Alvarez both notched their first career goals to carry UMass to a come-from-behind 2-1 double overtime victory over Lamar at Tomball High School last Sunday afternoon.
- With the clock winding down in the first half, UMass tied the score at 1-1. Pandolfi brought down a free kick from senior Lauren Skesavage in the middle of the penalty area and tapped it over to Alvarez who finished the play at the 44:52 mark.
- Pandolfi later scored the game winner in the 105th minute, chipping a pass from sophomore Jackie Bruno over Cardinals' goalkeeper Bailey Fontenot.
- The Minutewomen out-shot Lamar on the day, 31-6 and led in corner kicks, 7-2. Redshirt freshman Danielle Kriscenski made four stops in net for the Minutewomen.
- Six different players have provided UMass’ eight goals thus far this season.
- Senior Brittany Moore leads the way with six points after scoring her first two goals of her career in back-to-back games, at New Hampshire and at #20 Texas A&M. She registered two assists in the season opener at Siena.
- Junior Alyssa D’Arcy has scored twice, as well, while sophomore Jackie Bruno and freshmen Daniela Alvarez, Megan Burke and Sarah Pandolfi have provided one goal apiece.
- Ten UMass players have at least one point so far this season through the squad’s first seven games.
Pandolfi Collects Pair Of Weekly Honors
- Freshman forward Sarah Pandolfi was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week on Sept. 16.
- On Sept. 15, Pandolfi factored in both goals as UMass scored a come-from-behind double overtime victory over Lamar in Tomball, Texas, for her first three points of her collegiate career. Pandolfi assisted on classmate Daniela Alvarez's goal in the 45th minute to tie the game at one and later notched the overtime game winner in the 150th minute.
Kriscenski Named A-10 Rookie Of The Week
- Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski was named the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 9. Kriscenski backstopped UMass to a 1-0-1 record in the previous week, allowing just one goal while playing all 200 minutes in net for the Minutewomen over the pair of road matches.
- The Bristol, Conn., native made a season-high eight saves to help UMass to a 1-1 draw at Providence on Sept. 6.
- She then earned her first collegiate shutout on Sept. 8 with five saves in a 1-0 victory at New Hampshire. For the week, Kriscenski logged a 0.45 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
Home Sweet Home
- UMass is 232-74-13 (.747) all-time at home with a 54-43-4 (.554) 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 marked 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.
- 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 33-30-4 (.522) 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 132-121-29 (.520) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 215-195-45 (.522).
- UMass will wrap up its non-conference slate with a home match against Bryant on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. before heading to Philadelphia, Pa., for the Atlantic 10 opener at Saint Joseph’s next Sunday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m.