Field Hockey Falls To Pacific, 5-2, To Close Out California Trip
Aug. 29, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. - Vianney Campos and Erica Nestle had two goals apiece to lead Pacific (2-1) over Massachusetts (0-3), 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at Maxwell Family Field on the campus of the University of California. Sophomores Lauren Gillespie (Casco, Maine) and Erin Parker (South Deerfield, Mass.) scored the UMass goals. UMass out-shot the Tigers 16-13 and held a 6-4 edge in penalty corners. The Minutewomen will play at Harvard on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Pacific scored the first goal of the game just 1:40 into the start. Katy McDonough fed a pass across the circle to Jennifer Chaney on the near-side post. Chaney slid the ball past UMass junior goalkeeper Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. Less than 10 minutes later, Vianney Campos gave Pacific a 2-0 lead on just its second shot of the game. She broke in alone after receiving the ball at midfield. Letourneau came out of the net to challenge, but Campos was able to lift the ball over Letourneau's pads when she dove.
UMass had a flurry mid-way through the first half, but Pacific goalkeeper Kelley Miller made three straight saves on shots on goal. UMass was then awarded a corner, but junior Nicole Phelan (North Andover, Mass.) had her tip of classmate Kara Murphy's (Dedham, Mass.) shot go just wide to the left.
UMass swung the momentum completely in its favor after that flurry and it eventually led to a goal. Following its second corner in the last few minutes, sophomore Erin Parker (South Deerfield, Mass.) tried a tip-in right in front of the goalkeeper. Her shot was saved, but the rebound went right to sophomore Lauren Gillespie (Casco, Maine). Gillespie's shot was also saved, but this time Parker's rebound attempt found the back of the cage to cut the Pacific lead to one at 2-1 with 12:31 left in the first half. UMass then got its third corner a minute later and Parker nearly tied the game, but her tip-in of a Murphy shot went just wide to the left.
UMass was unable to get another scoring chance the rest of the first half and the Tigers took a 2-1 lead into halftime. The Minutewomen held an 11-6 edge in shots in the half and took three of the four penalty corners.
Eight minutes into the start of the second half, Pacific took a 3-1 lead when Campos tallied her second goal of the game. She was able to beat Letourneau coming down to left side. Two minutes later, Erica Nestle made it 4-1 when she got Letourneau out of the cage and was able to slide the ball past her.
UMass made it a 4-2 game at the 15 minute mark of the second half. Freshman Cher King (Christ Church, Barbados) sent in a pass to Gillespie who was able to slide the ball over the goalkeeper for her first goal of the year. UMass then nearly made it 4-3 when senior Gina Sanders (Morgan Hill, Calif.) sent sophomore Mary Shea (Foxboro, Mass.) in alone. Shea got the keeper out and slipped the over her, but Pacific's Elle Busch came out of nowhere to record the defensive save and preserve the Tigers' two-goal lead. UMass had a penalty corner a few minutes later, but Sanders shot the ball wide. Pacific then put the game away a minute later when Nestle tallied her second goal of the game making it 5-2.
UMass out-shot Pacific, 16-13, and held an edge in penalty corners 6-4.
The Minutewomen return to the Commonwealth for a Sunday afternoon game at Harvard. The game will begin at 1:00 PM and live stats are available at www.umassathletics.com.
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