A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE
Massachusetts boasts 16 Atlantic 10 Championship titles and 26 trips to the NCAA Tournament in the program's storied history, capturing nearly 600 wins along the way.
UMass reached the inaugural NCAA Championship Game in 1981 and was one of only two programs to punch a ticket to the first 13 NCAA Tournaments held.
The Minutewomen four times have reached the NCAA Final Four and advanced to the Elite Eight on seven other occasions.
Since the program's inception in 1975, current and former Minutewomen have taken home 59 NFHCA All-America honors, a Broderick Award and represented the U.S. Senior National Team 11 times, plus Olympic teams on 10 occasions.
Hannah Prince, pictured, made the U.S. Senior National Team after graduating from UMass in 2014.
History of the Atlantic 10's all-time winningest program
The University of Massachusetts field hockey program has reached the NCAA Tournament 26 times and won 16 Atlantic 10 Championships, both more than any other team in the league.
Under the direction of the legendary Pam Hixon (1978-93, 1996), the Minutewomen earned the right to postseason play every season. Judy Strong, pictured, remains the program's all-time leading scorer nearly 40 years after concluding her playing career.
Patty Shea provided the University of Massachusetts field hockey program with a lockdown goalkeeper from 1980-83. As a competitor, Shea helped guide the Minutewomen to 65 victories and an NCAA Championship Game in 1981.
Following a 15-year career with the U.S. Senior National Team, Shea took over as the head coach at her alma mater in 1997. The 2000 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year subsequently guided the team to five NCAA Tournament appearances and five Atlantic 10 Championships. She concluded her tenure as head coach with 104 victories, second-most in school history.
The 1992 squad, shown, made the program's fourth Final Four appearance. That came on the heels of a thrilling win over Penn State in overtime, 1-0, before a packed crowd of over 1,500 fans in Amherst.
In 1999 and 2000, the Minutewomen closed one millennium and began another with trips to the Elite Eight after taking home the third and fourth of five consecutive Atlantic 10 Championships.
They say success breeds success, and that has held true at the University of Massachusetts. The Minutewomen have reached postseason play five times in this decade including an Elite Eight in 2013.
At left, Lauren Allymohamed celebrates after an overtime goal in the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship which was hosted by UMass.
Second Season • Iowa '05
A two-time All-American goalkeeper, Barb Weinberg enters her second season at the helm of Massachusetts field hockey.
In Weinberg's first campaign Massachusetts made tremendous on-pitch strides. Two Minutewomen were named NFHCA All-Americans, four earned NFHCA Northeast All-Region honors and nine student-athletes earned postseason laurels from the A-10.
A 2005 Iowa graduate, Weinberg was a two-time All-American, three-time All-Big Ten performer and two-year team captain for the Hawkeyes (2000-04). She was also a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient in 2004. She started all four of her seasons in the cage for Iowa as the Hawkeyes totaled 46 victories during her tenure.
Weinberg was a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team from 2005-10, making 19 international appearances in that span. She also served as the alternate goalkeeper for the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Fifth Season • Connecticut '14
A four-year All-American goalkeeper at UConn (2010-13), Sarah Mansfield guides the defense and goalkeepers at UMass. Mansfield mentored two-time Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year Melanie Kreusch and goalkeeper Sam Carlino, who was tabbed to the U.S. National Team ahead of the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup.
In her playing career, Mansfield totaled a 75-16 record, 1.12 goals-against average and .770 save percentage over 91 appearances, which included 88 starts. She capped her time at UConn backstopping the Huskies to the 2013 NCAA Championship.
Gladchuk Field Hockey Complex
Massachusetts debuted another in its line of recent sport facility construction projects with the introduction of the Gladchuk Field Hockey Complex in Fall 2015. The new home field gives the team its first dedicated competitive arena in program history.
The complex features eight water cannons used to dampen the field prior to competition. The eight strategic locations, four along each sideline, allow for 100 percent coverage of the turf surface while the state-of-the-art underground system allows for recycling of what is sprayed onto the playing field.
The surrounding exterior to the facility features permanent stands, a press box and restrooms. The facility is directly Northwest of the Football Performance Center and McGuirk Stadium and West of Parking Lot 11.
Ranked No. 1 nationally in 2016 and 2017, UMass Dining is the largest college dining services operation in the country, serving 45,000 meals daily and 5.5 million meals per year.
The success of UMass Dining further cements its reputation for serving up healthy, sustainable and delicious food prepared by award-winning chefs.
Students can enjoy a plethora of menu options nearly 24/7 at four residential dining halls plus an assortment of retail locations across campus.
A well-known face across the entire UMass community, Joanne Keller, pictured, has served up breakfast at Hampshire Dining Commons for over a decade.
In keeping with its goal to provide the best academic experience possible, the athletics department announced the forthcoming Bob ('62) and Marianne ('77) Foote Academic Success Center in June 2018.
The 6,000-plus square foot learning space reserved for UMass varsity student-athletes will debut ahead of the Fall 2018 semester.
The University of Massachusetts
Nestled in the Pioneer Valley, the University of Massachusetts offers the rare combination of a world-class, "flagship campus" education in a traditional Small Town America setting with easy access to noteworthy regional, national and international metropolitan areas, including Albany, Boston, Hartford, Montreal, New York City and Providence.
The University of Massachusetts ranks in the top-30 among all public higher-education campuses in the United States. It offers 112 bachelor's degree programs, 77 master’s and 48 doctoral programs across nine schools and colleges.
The approximately 23,000 undergraduate students are well-supported by a faculty of more than 1,300 full-time educators. It equates to an 18:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
With a multitude of nationally recognized schools and programs, the University of Massachusetts holds a spot on the 100 “Best College Values” list compiled by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in 2018 for the ninth consecutive year.
The University of Massachusetts features the No. 1 ranked public business school in the Northeast, the Isenberg School of Management.
UMass is home to a diverse student-body representative of all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Campus life embraces the university's overarching array of backgrounds and interests through nearly 600 student life initiatives and organizations available to join.
Hiking, biking, museums, theater, history, food and farms. It's all in Amherst, which balances a rich multi-cultural environment with the traditional New England town aesthetic.
Downtown Amherst revolves around the needs and wants of college students. It abounds with affordable restaurants, coffee shops, store fronts, farmer's markets and live music venues. Down the street, the Amherst Town Common is the site of festivals, political rallies, art shows, yard sales and other community events.
The Town of Amherst is the perfect complement to the University of Massachusetts, fostering intellectual development with its open-mindedness to the unique backstories of all the school's 23,000 undergraduates.
Athletics at the University of Massachusetts
UMass Athletics is a comprehensive and nationally-recognized 21-sport Division I organization that positively reflects the interests and values of the institution’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who support its many endeavors.
Attending games on campus is a staple in the student experience at the University of Massachusetts and a favorite past-time for the region's more-than-800,000 residents.
In particular, the school's dedicated student section, The Militia, enhances home-field advantage with its membership's consistent presence at varsity athletics events.
Varsity programs receive considerable support from the larger university community, including official student organizations such as the UMass Band, cheerleaders and dance team.