Field Hockey Downs Fairfield, 2-1, In Double OT
Aug. 30, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Katelyn Woolfrey (Somerset, Mass.) received a pass from sophomore Rachel Skorupski (Hatfield, Mass.) and found the back of the cage as the University of Massachusetts field hockey team defeated Fairfield University, 2-1, in double overtime this afternoon at Garber Field.
Massachusetts sophomore Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) got the Minutewomen on the board first with an unassisted tally at the 17:56 mark of the first half. The Minutewomen peppered Fairfield goalkeeper Lauren Thomas with 11 first half shots, but were unable to take more than a one goal lead.
Fairfield turned the game around in the second half, controlling the pace and time of possession. After several shots, they finally got the equalizer at the 63:36 mark when Lauren Pizzi took a pass from Kelly Rath and scored. The Stags outshot the Minutewomen, 8-2, in the second stanza.
The game remained deadlocked at one through the remainder of regulation as well as the first overtime. Fairfield had the best chance to score in the first extra session when Nicole Mazzochi broke in alone, but UMass junior goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) came out of the net to make the save.
In the second overtime, Woolfrey took a pass from Skorupski and slid it past Thomas to give the Minutewomen the victory at the 91:59 mark. It was the first shot of the period for Massachusetts.
Tocco finished the day with eight saves in the cage while Thomas made nine stops on the other side. UMass outshot Fairfield, 18-16, while Fairfield held the edge in penalty corners, 2-1.
With the win, UMass improves to 21-8 all-time in season openers and 11-2 at home. Under Head Coach Patty Shea, the Minutewomen are now 4-3 in season openers.
Massachusetts returns to action tomorrow when it hosts the University of Maryland at 1:00 p.m. at Garber Field. The Terps defeated New Hampshire, 8-0, this afternoon in the second game of the field hockey doubleheader at Garber Field.