The Last Meeting
October 26, 2012
St. Bonaventure, N.Y.
Women's Soccer Falls At St. Bona., 1-0 In 2OT
Playing its second overtime match in the past three games, the UMass women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 setback at St. Bonaventure on Friday afternoon. With the loss, the Minutewomen fall to 8-9-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the Atlantic 10, while the Bonnies improve to 7-10-1 overall and 4-4-0 in conference play.
Scouting St. Bonaventure
-St. Bonaventure travels to Amherst with a 7-8-1 overall record, having won four in a row, all against conference opponents.
-Midfielder Alyssa Lapp and forward Molly Curry lead the Bonnies’ offense with eight and seven goals respectively.
-Junior forward Lauren Hill comes into the contest as the reigning Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Soccer Player of the Week. Hill scored in both victories for the Bonnies last weekend including a double overtime game-winner against Saint Joseph’s.
-Goalkeeper Megan Junker has started 11-of-16 games in net for St. Bonaventure. The senior has posted a 1.51 goals-against average, a .741 save percentage and 40 saves on the season.
-St. Bonaventure’s opponents have taken 27 more corner kicks than the Bonnies this year.
Against The Bonnies
-UMass holds a 14-4-0 record all-time against the Bonnies with an 8-1 mark in Amherst.
-The Minutewomen lost their previous meeting last year at St. Bonaventure by a score of 1-0 in double overtime. Goalkeeper Emily Cota’s 12 saves were not enough for the Minutewomen in the setback.
Moore's Marvelous Weekend
- Senior Brittany Moore had two multi-goal matches for the Minutewomen vs. Rhode Island and Fordham Oct. 18 and 20, 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
- The Minutewomen played to a scoreless draw at Richmond in its penultimate match of the regular season on Oct. 27.
- UMass controlled the bulk of the possession in the opening half and had senior Brittany Moore send a shot off the post, off a corner kick by senior Grace Coombs in the 13th minute.
- Then in the second, it was Richmond with the majority of the chances, outshooting the Minutewomen 14-6 in the period. UMass goalkeeper Danielle Kriscenski had four of her five saves on the day during the frame, while another scoring chance by the Spiders' Violet Miller was cleared off the line by a Minutewoman defender in the 75th minute.
- UMass out-shot Richmond, 6-1, in the two overtime periods, but all three put on target by the Minutewomen were turned aside by Emily Kelly, who finished the day with seven saves.
- Freshman Julia Weithofer logged a game-high five shots for UMass as the Minutewomen edged the Spiders in attempts at goal on the afternoon, 18-17. UMass led in corner kicks, 7-4, while fouls were even at seven apiece.
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 17 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 17 games: Megan Burke and Julia Weithofer, while Frida Lindblom has appeared in 14 of 17. Sarah Pandolfi, Daniela Alvarez and Alyssa Fratarcangeli have seen action as reserves in 15, 13 and 13 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 76 of a possible 77 matches over her previous three-plus seasons in a UMass uniform with 64 starts, including all 17 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.
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 37-34-6 (.519) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus seasons, including a record of 17-13-4 (.559) 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 136-125-31 (.519) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 219-199-47 (.522).