AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts claimed its second consecutive and 14th Atlantic 10 Conference Field Hockey Championship overall with a 2-1 victory over Richmond Saturday afternoon at UMass’ Garber Filed.
With the win, the top-seeded Minutewomen improve to 18-4 overall and earn the A-10’s automatic bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Matchups for the 19 team tournament will be announced Sunday at 10:00 p.m. on NCAA.com. The second-seeded Spiders drop to 14-7 on the year.
UMass scored just under six minutes into the game when All-Championship Team selections Alexa Sikalis and Izzie Delario set up fellow All-Championship Team member Hannah Prince for a goal off a penalty corner.
Delario doubled the UMass advantage at the 14:45 mark when she deflected a Cliodna Loughlin shot past Richmond keeper Anna Zarkoski to make it 2-0.
Richmond responded 1:46 later when All-Championship choice Amy Cooke scored on a penalty corner following feeds from Helen Warner and Christina Ambrose.
The teams played a scoreless second stanza with Richmond holding a 4-2 edge in shots but the Spiders were not able to put any of those on goal.
Each team had eight shots on the day and Richmond held a 7-3 edge in penalty corners. Zarkoski made four saves, while Sam Carlino turned away the only shot on goal she saw for the Minutewomen.
UMass defender and reigning two-time A-10 Defensive Player of the Year Lauren Allymohamed was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player after anchoring a Minutewomen defense that surrendered just one goal over the weekend. The junior also scored the game-winning goal in a double overtime win over VCU in the semifinals.
2013 Atlantic 10 Field Hockey All-Championship Team
Megan Botteri, VCU
Nicole Barry, VCU
Nakira Downes, Lock Haven
Rebecca Barry, Richmond
Chelsea Davies, Richmond
Emma Johansson, Richmond
Kerri McDonald, Richmond
Alexa Sikalis, UMass
Izzie Delario, UMass
Hannah Prince, UMass
Lauren Allymohamed, UMass (MOP)