Women's Soccer

Conference Play Continues For Women's Soccer With URI, Fordham

Oct. 16, 2013

 Massachusetts (5-7-2, 1-2-1 A-10) vs. Rhode Island (5-9-0, 0-4-0 A-10)
Date  Friday, October 18, 2013 | 3:30 p.m.
Location  Rudd Field | Amherst, Mass.
Live Video  Atlantic 10 All-Access
Live Stats
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 Massachusetts (5-7-2, 1-2-1 A-10) at Fordham (3-8-3, 1-3-1 A-10)
Date  Sunday, October 20, 2013 | 1 p.m.
Location  Jack Coffey Field | Bronx, N.Y.
Live Video  Athletic 10 All-Access
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 Sidearm Stats
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 Game Notes

The Last Meeting
Rhode Island1
October 6, 2012
Amherst, Mass. (Rudd Field)
Strong First Half Propels UMass Past URI, 3-1
Matching its highest goal output of the 2012 season, the UMass women's soccer team posted three first half tallies to down Rhode Island, 3-1 on Saturday afternoon at Rudd Field. With their second straight win, the Minutewomen improve to 7-6-0 overall and 2-1-0 in Atlantic 10 play, while the Rams drop to 7-6-1 and 0-3-0 in the conference.

The Last Meeting
October 14, 2011
Amherst, Mass. (Rudd Field)
Sousa & Collins Help UMass Down Fordham, 2-0
On a rain-soaked Rudd Field, the UMass women's soccer team pushed its unbeaten streak to eight on Friday afternoon with a 2-0 win over Fordham. The Minutewomen, now 9-2-2 on the year and 3-0-1 in the Atlantic 10, have reached their highest season win total since 2007. The Rams, who entered the match tied with UMass for third in the A-10 standings, fall to 7-6-2 overall and 2-2-1 in the conference.

Scouting Rhode Island
- Rhode Island travels to Amherst with a 5-9-0 overall record and a 0-4 Atlantic 10 record following four straight losses to conference foes.
- Midfielder Samantha Leyh leads the Rams with five goals, 12 points and 34 shots. The junior also has notched three game-winning goals on the season.
- Goalkeepers Chelsea Broghamer and Reilly Lindsey have each played in six games thus far. Each has recorded two wins. Broghamer holds a 1.40 goals-against average and a .650 save percentage, while Lindsey has a 2.21 GAA and a .677 save percentage.
- The Rams average 1.00 goal per-game, which ranks them tenth among Atlantic 10 competition.

Against The Rams

- UMass is 17-8-0 all-time against Rhode Island including a 9-3 mark in Amherst. The Minutewomen won their previous meeting last year by a score of 3-1 with current senior Grace Coombs providing one of the tallies.

Scouting Fordham
-Fordham enters the weekend with a 3-8-3 record, having lost three of its last four matches.
-The Rams currently have a 1-3-1 Atlantic 10 record and have lost three of their last four to conference opponents.
-Kelsey Dougherty Howard leads the Rams in scoring with four goals, two assists, 10 points and 33 shots overall.
-Goalkeeper Ally White has started 10-of-14 games for Fordham. The junior netminder has recorded a 1.66 goals-against average, a .651 save percentage and one shutout.
- Fordham’s opponents have taken 40 more corner kicks than the Rams this season.

Against The Rams
-UMass holds a 13-3-0 record all-time vs. the Rams with a 5-2-0 mark at Fordham.
-The Minutewomen won their previous match in 2011 against the Rams by a score of 2-0, clinching an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth.

Last Time Out
- UMass and Saint Louis played to a 1-1 draw after both squads scored in the first half at Hermann Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
- UMass opened the scoring 12:56 into the contest. Freshman Megan Burke sent classmate Julia Weithofer a cross from the left of goal for a shot from six yards out that found the top left corner of the net. The tally marked the first of Weithofer's collegiate career, becoming the seventh Minutewoman to notch a first career goal this season.
- Saint Louis would tie the score, though, in the 22nd minute. Livi Logan-Wood headed in a corner kick from Jenny Hummert for her fourth of the season.
- UMass out-shot the Billikens 16-10 on the afternoon, including a 9-3 margin in the second half, but could not manage to pull back in front. Saint Louis finished with a 6-2 edge in corner kicks, while fouls were 12-7 against the Minutewomen.
- Redshirt Freshman Danielle Kriscenski registered five saves on the day for UMass and Hanna Benben logged five stops in goal for Saint Louis.

A Flair For The Dramatic
- Four of UMass' 15 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
- Nine different players have provided UMass' 15 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 freshmen Daniela Alvarez and Julia Weithofer have each chipped in with one goal.
- 12 UMass players have at least one point so far this season through the squad's first 14 games.

Freshmen Making An Impact
- The freshman class has been making an impact for the Minutewomen in 2013 as the group has contributed one-third of the team's points thus far.
- Two freshmen have started all 14 games: Megan Burke and Julia Weithofer, while Frida Lindblom has appeared inl 12 of 14. Sarah Pandolfi, Daniela Alvarez and Alyssa Fratarcangeli have seen action as reserves in 13, 10 and 10 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 234-77-13 (.743) all-time at home with a 56-46-4 (.547) mark at Rudd Field.
- 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. She has also started all 14 games thus far this season.
- 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 (6), Connecticut (6), Georgia (2), New York (2), California (1), Nevada (1) and Virginia (1).

The Matz Era At UMass
-  UMass is 36-33-5 (.520) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus seasons, including a record of 16-12-3 (.565) 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 135-124-30 (.519) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 218-198-46 (.522).

Up Next
- UMass will travel to Richmond on Sunday, Oct. 27, for a 1 p.m. match.



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