The Minutemen hope to reach the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row, but they know it is not a given that they’ll make it. Especially when they have to deal with the loss of All-American goalie Zack Simmons.
UMass returns seven starters from last year, but will lean on Ben Arikian and Mark DeSantis to pick up the slack of some of its losses to graduation. Those loses include goalie Zack Simmons, Mike DeSantis and Prince Ofosu.
After having one of its best seasons in recent history, the Minutewomen hope to build off the success in 2009. Last year UMass made it to the Sweet Sixteen and head coach Justine Sowry has set her teams goal as the Elite Eight for this year.
The Minutewomen’s offense took a hit when it graduated three goal-scoring captains last spring, but for coach Justine Sowry there is little to worry about. With Katie Kelly, Cher King and Jill Powers, UMass still has plenty of fire power on offense.
With Jim Rudy gone, new coach Angela Napoli has instituted a new strategy with her Minutewomen in hopes of creating a more offensive squad. Napoli wants UMass to be a more direct and upfield team, instead of the possessive squads of past years.
After missing last year to injuries, Sydney Stoll and Meghan Gould will return to the Minutewomen this fall. The two bring experience to the offense, something UMass lacked last fall.
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