Women's Soccer

 
UMass Opens A-10 Championship Against Saint Louis, Thursday

Nov. 6, 2013

 No. 6 Massachusetts (7-8-3, 3-3-2 A-10) at 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship
Dates  Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013-Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013
Location  Sports Backers Stadium | VCU | Richmond, Va.
Tournament Info
 Atlantic 10 Championship Central | Tournament Bracket
Live Video  Atlantic 10 All-Access (FREE)
Live Stats
 Atlantic 10 Championship Central
Social Media @UMassAthletics | @UMassWSoccer
 Game Notes

The Last Meeting
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Saint Louis12OT
October 13, 2013
St. Louis, Mo.
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UMass In The Tournament
- UMass is making its 14th appearance in the Atlantic 10 tournament, its fifth consecutive. The Minutewomen are 11-9 all-time in the A-10 postseason and reached the championship game in 2011. The Minutewomen, the No. 4 seed in 2011, defeated No. 5 seed St. Bonaventure, 3-1, and upset No. 1 La Salle, 1-0, before falling to Dayton in the final, 5-1.
- The Minutewomen last won the Atlantic 10 title in 1997, 1-0 over George Washington. It was UMass' fifth A-10 title (four tournament championships, one regular season title)
- Last season, UMass fell to Dayton in the opening round of the tournament, 4-1 and was the No. 7 seed in the field.

The Championship Bracket

- UMass won a three-way tiebreaker with George Washington and VCU to capture the No. 6 seed, will take on No. 3 Saint Louis in the second quarterfinal match of the day on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m.
- Prior to the Minutewomen's match against the Billikens, No. 2 La Salle will face No. 7 George Washington at 11 a.m. The winners of both contests will meet in Friday's semifinal at 5 p.m.
- On the opposite side of the bracket, top-seeded Dayton will face No. 8 VCU at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, while No. 4 St. Bonaventure and No. 5 George Mason will conclude the day's action at 7:30 p.m. The advancing teams will play in the second semifinal match on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
- The championship final is set for Sunday, Nov. 10, at 1:00 p.m. with the winner receiving an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.

Among The A-10 Leaders

- As a team, UMass ranks in the top-five in the Atlantic 10 in virtually every statistical category: third in shots (273), fourth in points (66), fifth in goals (22),  fourth in assists (22), fifth in fewest goals allowed (23), fifth in goals-against average (1.19), first in saves (87) and fifth in corners (77).
- Individually, senior Brittany Moore ranks seventh in the league in points (18) and points per-game (1.00), tied for fourth in goals (8) and tied for fifith in goals per-game (0.44).
-  Netminder Danielle Kriscenski is the conference leader in saves with 85 and saves per-game (4.72).

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.
- On Oct. 21, Moore was named Co-Atlantic 10 Player and Co-UMass Athlete of the Week for her efforts.

Last Time Out

- The Minutewomen celebrated Senior Day with a 2-0 win over St. Bonaventure last Saturday afternoon at Rudd Field.
- Outshooting St. Bonaventure, 12-4 in the first half, UMass came inches from taking the lead in the 35th minute, but senior Grace Coombs' header off a corner kick rung off the crossbar.
- Undeterred, the Minutewomen continued to dominate possession in the second half and put home their first of the contest in the 70th minute. Sophomore Jackie Bruno dribbled toward the middle of the field and ripped a shot from the top of the 18-yard box into the far corner of the goal for her second of the season.
- Less than three minutes later, UMass doubled its advantage. Sophomore Jen Coppola fed freshman Megan Burke, who was making a run on the opposite side of the field and Burke finished the play with a low shot inside the box that found its way under goalkeeper Megan Junker 72:35 into the match.
- The Minutewomen ended the day with a dominating 27-10 shot advantage and led in corner kicks, 9-2. Fouls were 8-6, against UMass.
- Redshirt freshman Danielle Kriscenski recorded seven saves in her fourth shutout of the season, while Junker turned aside seven, as well, for the Bonnies.

A Flair For The Dramatic
- Five of UMass' 22 goals this season have been scored in the 80th minute or later, with three of the tallies being game winners.
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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' 22 goals thus far this season.
- Senior Brittany Moore leads the way with 18 points after back-to-back multi-goal games against Rhode Island and Fordham. She scored her first goal of her career back on Sept. 8 at New Hampshire.
- Junior Alyssa D'Arcy and freshman Megan Burke have each scored three times, while freshman Sarah Pandolfi and sophomore Jackie Bruno have two goals apiece on the year. 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 in 18 matches.

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 18 games: Megan Burke and Julia Weithofer, while Frida Lindblom has appeared in 14 of 19. Sarah Pandolfi, Daniela Alvarez and Alyssa Fratarcangeli have seen action as reserves in 16, 14 and 14 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.

Back Again
- UMass returned 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 77 of a possible 78 matches over her previous three-plus seasons in a UMass uniform with 65 starts, including all 18 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.

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 38-34-6 (.526) over head coach Ed Matz's three-plus seasons, including a record of 18-13-4 (.571) in Atlantic 10 matches, a trip to the A-10 final in 2011 and four consecutive Atlantic 10 Championship berths.
-  Under his direction, UMass players have earned 12 All-Atlantic 10 honors, six all-region accolades and three All-New England selections.
-   Matz is 137-125-31 (.520) all-time as a women's head coach, with an overall record (men & women) of 220-199-47 (.523).


 

 

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