Even with the departures of Nils Fischer and Jesse Reigner, the Minutemen have 13 experienced upperclassmen. For the Minutewomen, redshirt junior Shiyi Zan will lead a talented group that hopes to rebound from a disappointing 2008.
Behind the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, the Massachusetts men’s cross country team will rely on 13 returning upperclassmen in hopes of repeating as A-10 champs.
Under new head coach Angela Napoli, UMass has fallen to 0-4, with the most recent loss coming in a hard fought double-overtime loss. As well as being winless, the Minutewomen are without a goal in their young season.
After a 2-0 loss to Hartford, the Massachusetts men’s soccer team hopes to get its first victory of 2009 when they travel to Vermont to play the Catamounts and New Hampshire in the Smith Barney Classic.
Junior midfielder Ben Arikian was named to the Hermann Trophy watch list, collegiate soccer’s most prestigious award after leading the Minutemen in points last season. Arikian is the first player in program history to be named to the list.
Just a day after falling to Boston University in the UMass Invitational, the Minutewomen took down the No. 9 Hawkeyes at Garber Field. The weekend split brought UMass’ record to 2-1.
The Hawks Carlos Villa notched two second half goals in a six minute period to lift Hartford over the Minutemen. UMass fell remains winless after it’s season opening tie to Boston University.
Under Angela Napoli, the Minutewomen have yet to score a goal. But the new coach has first focused on defense, something that was strong in UMass’ loss to Providence.
Angela Napoli played for Jim Rudy for four years and coached under him another four years, but has now taken over for her former coach after he announced his retirement early this summer.
After spending 28 years coaching women’s soccer, the last 21 years at UMass, Jim Rudy announced his retirement earlier this summer. Rudy’s resume includes four A-10 titles, two final four appearances and 37 All-Americans who played for him.
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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