UMass' Comeback Effort Falls Short In 3-2 Loss To Maryland
Aug. 29, 2014 Nicole Miller earned her first collegiate multi-goal game and Sam Carlino made a dozen saves, but No. 10 UMass field hockey was unable to complete the comeback against No. 1 Maryland as the Minutewomen fell, 3-2, at the Nook in Lancaster, Pa., on Friday evening. In addition to Miller's four points, Cliodhna Loughlin tallied one of her own as she assisted on the second UMass goal of the evening.
Anna Dessoye scored first for Maryland ahead of tallies from Alyssa Parker and Shari Jones' eventual difference-maker. Katie Gerzabek assisted on Jones' goal to create the difference in play.
The Terps found the back of the cage first to take a 1-0 lead at the 18:52 mark. After Carlino trapped a loose play under her leg pads, Dessoye poked the ball free and dribbled around Carlino to create the goal. Maryland added its second tally less than three minutes later after Parker won a one-on-one battle with Carlino.
Miller answered for the Minutewomen with 45 seconds left to play in the opening frame to cut the UMass deficit to one goal entering halftime. Miller corralled a ball in front of the Maryland cage and fired back-to-back attempts off of Maryland goalkeeper Brooke Cabrera. On her third attempt, Miller was able to direct the ball around Cabrera to earn an open look on the cage.
Massachusetts came within inches of tying the game at two with 23:15 left to play in regulation. On a penalty corner, one of three taken on the game by the Minutewomen, a Brooke Sabia shot was deflected in front and careened off of the left post and out of play.
The Terps increased their lead back to a pair with Jones' goal during the 56th minute of play. Jones was able to redirect a ball that was lofted in front of the UMass cage to notch her tally.
Miller again cut the deficit in half for UMass as she tallied with nine minutes, 25 seconds to play in regulation. Loughlin fed a pass through the Maryland defense to Miller in the circle. Miller trapped the ball and used a reverse-stick into the top-left corner of the goal netting to bring UMass within 3-2.
After the sides battled back and forth, Massachusetts had one final attempt at an equalizer with a penalty corner drawn 20 seconds before time expired. The ball was sent to Allymohamed's stick, but the senior defender's attempt went wide to the left of the goal to end the contest.
Maryland finished with 25 shots on the contest to seven earned by the Minutewomen. The Terps also owned more penalty corners, 8-3 while Massachusetts finished with 13 total saves. In addition to Carlino's 12 stops in goal, freshman Sarah Hawkshaw made a defense save for the Minutewomen.
In addition to Hawkshaw, four more Minutewomen made their first appearances in the Maroon and White. Freshmen Anne Dijkstra and Melanie Kreusch also started for Massachusetts while classmate Nicole Kuerzi and redshirt-freshman Shauna Rankin-Byrne came in as reserves.
UMass field hockey (0-1) closes out its opening weekend and competition in the 2014 Conference Cup with a game against Temple (1-0) on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 3 p.m.