No. 14 UMass Battles Back For 3-2 Win Over No. 9 Michigan
Aug 31, 2013
ORONO, Maine - The No. 14 University of Massachusetts field hockey program secured a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over No. 9 Michigan on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Brooke Sabia notched a pair of goals to pace the offense while Hannah Prince added one tally and Alexa Sikalis picked up a pair of assist. The win wrapped up competition for the Minutewomen at the University of Maine Invitational, hosted at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex in Orono, Maine.
"I am really proud of our performance today," UMass head coach Carla Tagliente said. "It is always a challenge to play back-to-back games with minimal recovery time. It is a test of resiliency and character and I am proud of the team for leaving it all on the field."
Prince opened scoring early for UMass (2-0 overall) with a goal 9:27 into play. The senior defender took a feed from Sikalis and fired a shot by Michigan goalkeeper Haley Jones for the senior's first tally of the year.
"We improved and adjusted a few things today," Tagliente continued. "The key is that we keep moving forward from here and get better each game."
The Wolverines (0-1) responded with a pair of goals over the remainder of the first half to take a 2-1 lead into the break. Rachael Mack earned the game-tying mark before Michelle Roberts pushed Michigan in front, 2-1 with 8:09 left in the stanza.
Following halftime, Brooke Sabia converted two attempts to push UMass in front, 3-2 with 30:32 to play in the game. Sabia's first strike came 53 seconds into the final frame before the sophomore from Lafayette Hill, Pa., added a second tally at the 39:28 mark of play.
The defense kept Michigan off the scoreboard over the final 30 minutes of competition to give the Minutewomen their second consecutive 2-0 start to a season and only the third since the 2000 campaign.
Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino made a trio of saves over the span of 38 seconds during the final half to keep UMass in front. Carlino stopped back-to-back Rachael Mack attempts at 60:54 and 61:08 before blocking a Lauren Thomas shot following a penalty corner. Carlino finished with seven saves on the day.
Michigan outshot UMass, 14-10; however, attempts were tied at 7-7 in the decisive second half. Penalty corners favored the Wolverines, 9-6 and Jones ended the day with five saves in the cage.
The Minutewomen return to Amherst to host UMass-Lowell for the inaugural Kennedy Cup on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 5 p.m. The Kennedy Cup is named in honor of University of Massachusetts and UMass-Lowell alumnus John F. Kennedy, a long-time supporter of both institutions. Admission to all home games at Garber Field is free of charge.