Aug. 29, 2004
FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Fairfield (1-0) out-scored the University of Massachusetts field hockey team (0-1), 3-2, in penalty strokes to take a 1-0 non-conference win in this afternoon's season-opener for both teams. Senior Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) made nine saves for the Minutewomen. Fairfield out-shot UMass, 19-18, but both teams recorded nine shots on goal. UMass held a 9-4 edge in shots in both overtime periods, including an 8-1 advantage in the second extra frame.
"We can take a lot of positives out of this game," said UMass head coach Patty Shea. "We had a lot of good ball control and scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, we were unable to finish in the attacking end. This was a good game for us to start with and we learned that we have taken huge strides in the right direction from last year."
Senior Adrianne Monaco (Oxford, N.Y.) began the stroke competition for UMass by scoring. After Fairfield tied it, sophomore Marije Tigchelaar (The Hague, Netherlands) was stopped by FU goalkeeper Liz Thomas. Chelsea Hicks shot next for Fairfield and hit the left post. After freshman Kara Murphy (Dedham, Mass.) was denied by Thomas, Becca Odenwaelder gave the Stags a 2-1 advantage. Junior Patricia Borneo (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) scored to tie the game at two, but FU's Sam Huele scored what proved to be the deciding goal. Junior Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) was the Minutewomen's last hope, but her shot whistled just wide to the left.
Fairfield controlled the play early on, but it was UMass who had the majority of the scoring chances in the second half and both overtimes. Murphy had the best chance for UMass midway through the second overtime. She rifled a shot off a penalty corner that was headed for the left-corner of the cage, but Thomas made a sprawling save to preserve the game for Fairfield. Fairfield's best chance to win came with about four minutes left in the first overtime. Kelly Rath took a shot, but Tocco made a diving save for UMass.
Bawden led UMass with six shots. The Minutewomen tallied 10 penalty corners in the game, four of which came in the second overtime. Fairfield had 15 penalty corners.
UMass returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 1, when it plays Boston College. Game-time is 7:00 p.m. and it will be played on the campus of Bentley College in Waltham, Mass. The home opener will be Sunday, Sept. 5, against Harvard at 1:00 p.m.