The Massachusetts women’s soccer team that struggled to finish games earlier this fall is now a major factor in its latest success. Part of UMass’ resurgent has to do with freshman Emersyn Pullan replacing the injured Emily Cota in goal.
UMass adds nine freshmen to the mix along with tri-captains Dan Backler, Adam Duffield and Brian Scmidt in hopes of capturing its 13th conference title.
Collegian columnist Adam Miller believes the staple of the Massachusetts field hockey team this season has been the woman between the goal posts: Alesha Widdall. The junior is having the best season of her career, boasting a 1.25 goals-against average and a 0.816 save percentage.
Alex Neal of George Washington women’s soccer team has been named the Atlantic 10 Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. The freshman has led the Colonials to a 2-0 start in conference play, placing them in a three-way tie for first place with Dayton and Charlotte.
The road to the A-10 Field Hockey Championship, which will take place one month from today, begins this Friday and features a full slate of games on the schedule. Conference-leading Lock Haven (9-4) will play in its first A-10 game in its history, hosting defending conference champion Richmond (4-7).
The Alantic 10 regular season begins this week. Saint Louis looks to be the heavy favorite followed closely by Charlotte.
After sophomore Emily Cota suffered a head injury against Harvard, freshman Emersyn Pullan is playing solid filling in for the starting goalkeeper of the Massachusetts women’s soccer team. UMass coach Ed Matz believes she’s looked very comfortable playing for the Minutewomen despite her inexperience.
Former St. Bonaventure men’s soccer player Tyler Bellamy has been named the Rochester Rhinos Rookie of the Year in his first season as a professional soccer player in the D2 league. Bellamy was the leader of the Bonnies backline in his senior season, helping St. Bonaventure record five shut-out victories.
After last year’s thrilling championship between Dayton and Charlotte, many believe that the Flyers will continue to dominate in the league this year.
This season, the Massachusetts men’s soccer team has had unlucky bounces and misfortunate in scoring opportunities. In a 2-1 loss against No. 24 Indiana, there were three shots that could’ve found the net had it not been for posts and a last-second effort from a Hoosier defender to kick a ball off of the goal line.
After beginning the season with a 1-4 record, the Saint Joseph’s field hockey team has won two of its last three games on the strength of forward Nicole McCreight. The senior scored six points over the three games, including four goals and two assists to earn the Atlantic 10’s Performer of the Week.
Last week, forwards T.J. Beaulieu of Charlotte and Simon Gomez of Duquesne were named the Atlantic 10 Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Saint Joseph’s, meanwhile, has dropped its first four games of the season and is averaging less than a goal per game.
After claiming the Atlantic 10 championship in 2009, Dayton opened up its season by winning the 2010 Penn Invitational Tournament. The Flyers defeated Pennsylvania on Sunday afternoon, 2-0, on the strength of goals from Jerica DeWolfe and Colleen Williams.
The Temple field hockey team sits one game ahead of West Chester with a 4-1 record. Goalkeeper Sarah Dalrymple has been instrumental in the Owls’ success, posting three shutouts in victories against Fairfield, St. Francis and Georgetown.
After facing some of the best teams collegiate basketball had to offer, the Minutemen take on a more diverse schedule this season, including 21 games within 90 miles of Amherst.
Co-sports editor David Brinch provides commentary on the UMass men’s and women’s soccer teams.
The Massachusetts field hockey will play 12 of its 19 games against non-conference opponents in 2010. Collegian columnist Adam Miller believes that with the NCAA tournament being as small as it is, there should be a heavier emphasis on conference games.
The Massachusetts cross country teams are looking for their veterans to make 2010 a successful year. The Minutemen are looking to build on last year’s second place finish in the A-10 Championships.
The seniors helped the Massachusetts baseball team win 15-8 over La Salle in its final game of the season, but still fell short of making the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Minutemen won six conference series in 2010.
UMass pitcher Sara Plourde has dominated just about everyone she’s faced. Collegian columnist Adam Miller believes this weekend will be a good barometer in seeing how good she really is.
With the Massachusetts crew team finishing second in the Atlantic 10 Championships a few weeks ago, the Minutemen had a doubleheader this weekend on the Connecticut River. UMass competed against local rivals Amherst and Vermont.
Fordham defeated Temple this past weekend as a part of a 13-game winning streak for the Rams. The win was due to a combination of offensive and defensive production.
With a change in its pre-game events, UMass earned its third win at home this season, the first one since a win over Villanova on Nov. 22.
Despite fighting back from a 17-point halftime deficit, the Massachusetts men’s basketball team couldn’t hold on to a lead to close out the game. The Minutemen fell to Atlantic 10 opponent Xavier, 87-79, on Leaman Legacy Night at the Mullins Center, dropping their conference record to 2-6.