The Last Meeting
August 22, 2012
Smithfield, Rhode Island
Pair From Mattsson Helps UMass Past Bryant, 3-2
The UMass women's soccer team used three first-half goals, including two from sophomore Moa Mattsson, to post a 3-2 win over Bryant on Wednesday afternoon. Following their first victory of 2012, the Minutewomen move to 1-1, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-1.
The Last Meeting
October 12, 2012
Women's Soccer Drops 2-1 Decision At Saint Joseph's
Sophomore midfielder Moa Mattsson recorded her team-leading eighth goal of the season at Saint Joseph's on Friday evening; however, UMass women's soccer faltered, 2-1 at Finnesey Field in Philadelphia, Pa. Mattsson now owns 19 points on the 2012 campaign, while freshman Jen Coppola notched her first collegiate assist against the Hawks.
- Bryant will travel to Amherst with a 4-5 record on the season and has won four of its last six contests, despite losing its most recent match last Sunday at Vermont (1-2).
- The Bulldogs currently have a 2-4 record away from Bulldog Stadium in Smithfield, Rhode Island this year.
- Junior Forward Suzanne Sanders has scored three goals on seven shots, including two game winning goals coming against Delaware State (9/1) and Rhode Island (9/6).
- Freshman Goalie Kaylan Conrad has started six-of-nine games for the Bulldogs. She has recorded a 1.08 goals-against average and a .767 save percentage with 23 saves.
Against The Bulldogs
- UMass is 2-1 all-time against Bryant with their most recent meeting coming last season when the Minutewomen won in Smithfield 3-2.
Scouting Saint Joseph’s
- Saint Joseph’s will host the Minutewomen on Sunday for the teams’ Atlantic 10 opener holding a record of 4-4-2.
- The Hawks have lost three straight matches against Penn (0-1), Princeton (0-1), and Hofstra (0-2).
- Freshman Emily Gingrich and Senior Mo Hawkins lead Saint Joseph’s offense with nine (4g, 1a) and seven points (3g, 1a) respectively.
- Lauren Jancuska has started all 10 games in goal for the Hawks and holds a 0.97 goals-against average and a .796 save percentage in 932 minutes of play.
Against The Hawks
- UMass is 11-3-0 all-time against Saint Joseph’s since the programs first met in 1996. The Minutewomen’s last victory came in 2010 when they won 1-0 in overtime in Amherst.
Last Time Out
- UMass overcame a one-goal deficit to defeat Northeastern, 2-1 in overtime on Sunday afternoon on Rudd Field.
- After hitting the crossbar in the eighth minute, Northeastern took at 1-0 lead 17:27 into the contest.
- UMass controlled play for the majority of the second half, though, outshooting the Huskies, 5-1 in the period. While Northeastern placed the first attempt on target in the frame, the Minutewomen shifted the momentum with their first shot of the second half finding the back of the net in the 66th minute.
- UMass was awarded a free kick along the right sideline near midfield that senior Lauren Skesavage served into the box for classmate Brittany Moore. Moore tapped the ball home inside the far post for her third of the season, leveling the score at 1-1.
- Then in the 96th minute, sophomore Madison Smith played a ball forward to Megan Burke who chipped a shot over Huskies' goalkeeper Paige Burnett from the top of the 18-yard box for the game winner.
- The Minutewomen doubled up Northeastern in shots on the afternoon, 14-7, and led in corner kicks, 4-0. Fouls were 8-4 against UMass.
- Danielle Kriscenski had one save in net for the Minutewomen, while Burnett logged five stops for the Huskies.
- Six different players have provided UMass’ 11 goals thus far this season.
- Senior Brittany Moore leads the way with eight 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 has six points in the past five games.
- Junior Alyssa D’Arcy has scored three times, as well, while freshman Megan Burke has two goals on the year. Sophomore Jackie Bruno and freshmen Daniela Alvarez 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 nine games.
Freshmen Making An Impact
- The freshman class has been making an impact for the Minutewomen in 2013 as the group has contributed nearly one-third of the team’s points thus far.
- Three freshmen have started all nine games: Megan Burke, Frida Lindblom and Julia Weithofer. Daniela Alvarez and Sarah Pandolfi have appeared in eight of nine as reserves.
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 233-75-13 (.746) all-time at home with a 55-44-4 (.553) 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.
- The Aug. 29 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 34-31-4 (.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 133-122-29 (.519) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 216-196-45 (.522).
- UMass will face VCU for the first time in Atlantic 10 play when the Minutewomen host the Rams on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m.