The Last Meeting
October 30, 2011
Richmond, Va. (Ukrop Park)
Women's Soccer Edged At Richmond, 1-0
In a battle for a first round bye in the Atlantic 10 Tournament, the UMass women's soccer team came up just short of Richmond , falling 1-0 on Sunday in the teams' regular season finale. The Minutewomen are now 12-4-2 (6-2-1 A-10), and will be the No. 4 seed in the A-10 tournament next week by virtue of Dayton's win at Charlotte this afternoon. The Spiders improve to 13-4-3 on the year and 7-1-1 in the conference.
- Richmond enters the weekend with a 5-7-2 overall record and a 2-2 Atlantic 10 record, following two straight 2-1 wins against conference foes St. Bonaventure and George Mason. The Spiders host Duquesne on Friday night prior to facing the Minutewomen.
- Forward Erin Layne leads the Spiders with two goals, five points, and 27 shots. The senior has also notched two game-winning goals on the season.
- Goalkeeper Emily Kelly has played in nine games for Richmond this season. She has recorded four wins. Kelly holds a .96 goals-against average and a .765 save percentage.
- The Rams average 0.93 goals per-game, compared to a 1.64 goals-per-game average of their opponents.
Against The Spiders
- UMass is 2-8-0 all-time against Richmond with their last win over the Spiders coming on Rudd Field by a 1-0 margin in 2009. The Minutewomen lost their most recent match at Richmond in 2011 by a score of 0-1.
Moore's Marvelous Weekend
- Senior Brittany Moore had two multi-goal matches for the Minutewomen vs. Rhode Island and Fordham last weekend, logging all five tallies for UMass over the two contests for a total of 10 points. Moore entered the weekend with eight points on the year, including three goals, more than doubling her season numbers in both categories.
- Against URI, she registered a natural hat trick in the second half to lead UMass to a 3-1 victory over the Rams, the first hat trick by a Minutewoman since Deanna Colarossi logged one vs. Temple in 2010 and just the second for a UMass player since 2002.
- Moore followed up the performance by scoring twice as UMass was edged in double overtime on Sunday in a road match at Fordham, 3-2. She now has a team-best 18 points (8g, 2a) through 16 games this fall and a total of 23 points (8g, 7a) in 70 career contests.
- This past Monday, Moore was named Co-Atlantic 10 Player and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week for her efforts.
Last Time Out
- Despite a second straight multi-goal game for senior Brittany Moore, UMass fell at Fordham in double overtime by the score of 3-2 last Sunday afternoon.
- Fordham was first to score on the afternoon, taking a 1-0 lead 6:29 into the contest. Off a pass from Jessica Widmann, Casey Nowakowski boomed a shot from 25 yards out into the UMass net.
- Moore leveled the score for UMass in the 21st minute. Following a long-range strike by senior Grace Coombs, Moore was there at the right post to boot home the rebound for her fourth tally of the weekend.
- Then at the 58:29 mark, Moore gave the Minutewomen a 2-1 lead as her shot from 10 yards out to the right of goal found its way past Rams' netminder Ally White. Freshman Megan Burke and sophomore Jen Coppola earned assists on the play.
- However, Fordham managed to pull level with UMass in the 70th minute as Ivana Lahcanski and Kaitlyn Carballeira set up a strike from the middle of the box by Widmann for her third of the year to force overtime.
- Then, after out-shooting UMass 8-0 in the first overtime period, the Rams broke through for the game-winner in the second OT. Maria Lorena Canicatti collected a pass from Widmann and sent a shot from 15 yards out into the bottom right corner.
- Fordham finished the match with a 22-11 shot advantage over the Minutewomen, while corner kicks were even at three apiece. Redshirt freshman Danielle Kriscenski totaled eight saves in net for UMass and White registered five stops for the Rams.
A Flair For The Dramatic
- Five of UMass' 20 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.
- Nine different players have provided UMass' 20 goals thus far this season.
- Senior Brittany Moore leads the way with 18 points after back-to-back multi-goal games last weekend. She scored her first goal of her career back on Sept. 8 at New Hampshire.
- Junior Alyssa D'Arcy has scored three times,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.
- 13 UMass players have at least two points so far this season through the squad's first 16 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 16 games: Megan Burke and Julia Weithofer, while Frida Lindblom has appeared in 13 of 16. Sarah Pandolfi, Daniela Alvarez and Alyssa Fratarcangeli have seen action as reserves in 14, 12 and 12 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 235-77-13 (.743) all-time at home with a 57-46-4 (.551) mark at Rudd Field.
- 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, has played in 75 of a possible 76 matches over her previous three plus seasons in a UMass uniform with 63 starts, including all 16 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.
- 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 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 (6), Connecticut (6), Georgia (2), New York (2), California (1), Nevada (1) and Virginia (1).
The Matz Era At UMass
- UMass is 37-34-5 (.520) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus seasons, including a record of 17-13-3 (.561) 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 136-125-30 (.519) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 219-199-46 (.522).
- UMass will play host to St. Bonaventure for Senior Day on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. on Rudd Field.