Women's Soccer

VCU Comes To Rudd For Women's Soccer, Saturday

Oct. 2, 2013

 Massachusetts (5-5-1, 1-0-0 A-10) vs. VCU (5-4-1, 0-0-0 A-10)
Date  Saturday, October 5, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Location  Rudd Field | Amherst, Mass.
Live Video  Atlantic 10 All-Access
Live Stats
Social Media @UMassAthletics | @UMassWSoccer
 Game Notes

Scouting VCU
-VCU will travel to Amherst on Saturday with a 5-4-1 record and is 4-0-1 in its last five contests.
-The Rams have a 1-3 record away from their home field of Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va. this season.
-Forwards Courtney Conrad and Maureen Johansen have lead the attack for VCU, with each tallying four goals and three assists through 10 games played.
-Sophomore goalkeeper Emma Kruse has started all t10 games and recorded two shutouts for the Rams. She holds a 1.74 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage with 54 saves.
-This will be the first ever meeting between VCU and UMass. The Rams joined the Atlantic 10 Conference at the start of last season.

Last Time Out
- The UMass women's soccer team picked up its third straight win last Sunday, taking home a 2-1 victory at Saint Joseph's in the squads' Atlantic 10 opener.
- The Minutewomen took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. Off an indirect kick to the right of the 18-yard box by senior Grace Coombs, sophomore Rebekka Sverrisdóttir headed in her first of her career.
- Another header later increased the Minutewomen's advantage to 2-0. At 34:18, junior Becky Landers finished off a service from sophomore Madison Smith, her first career tally.
- The teams finished the day with 12 shots apiece, while the Hawks held a slight edge in corner kicks, 6-5. Fouls were 18-7 against UMass.
- Redshirt freshman Danielle Kriscenski totaled four saves in net for the Minutewomen and Lauren Jancuska logged six stops for Saint Joseph's.

A Flair For The Dramatic
- Four of UMass' 14 goals this season have been scored in the 80th minute or later, with three of the tallies being game winners.
- All three of those game winners have been scored by freshmen: Sarah Pandolfi's double overtime clincher in the 105th minute vs. Lamar, her game winner in the 83rd minute against Bryant and Megan Burke's overtime game winner in the 96th minute against Northeastern.

Balanced Attack
- Eight different players have provided UMass' 14 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.
- Junior Alyssa D'Arcy has scored three times, as well, while freshmen Megan Burke and Sarah Pandolfi have two goals apiece on the year. Sophomore Jackie Bruno, junior Becky Landers, sophomore Rebekka Sverrisdóttir and freshman Daniela Alvarez have each chipped in with one goal.
- 11 UMass players have at least one point so far this season through the squad's first 11 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.
- Two freshmen have started all 11 games: Megan Burke and Julia Weithofer, while , Frida Lindblom has appeared in all 11. Sarah Pandolfi and Daniela Alvarez have seen action as reserves in 10 and eight matches, respectively.

 Sverrisdóttir Named Co-UMass Athlete of The Week
- Sophomore Rebekka Sverrisdóttir was selected as Co-UMass Athlete of the Week on Sept. 30 after playing key role in both of women's soccer's wins in a 2-0-0 week.
- The defender started both matches and helped lead UMass to a shutout over Bryant on Sept. 26 as the back line limited the Bulldogs to just one shot in the second half. Then in the Minutewomen's Atlantic 10 opener, Sverrisdóttir scored her first collegiate goal to give UMass an early lead at Saint Joseph's and played all 90 minutes of UMass' third straight victory, a 2-1 triumph over the Hawks.

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 234-75-13 (.747) all-time at home with a 56-44-4 (.557) 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.

Back Again
- 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.

Offensive Outlook
- 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.

International Flavor
- 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 36-31-4 (.535) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus seasons, including a record of 16-10-2 (.607) 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 135-122-29 (.523) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 218-196-45 (.524).

Up Next
- UMass will play host to Dayton next Friday, Oct. 11, and will travel to Saint Louis on Sunday Oct. 13 with match times of 4 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.



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