Field Hockey Drops Heartbreaker To Northeastern, 3-2, In Overtime
Sept. 2, 2002
AMHERST, Mass. - Sara Webber's shot attempt ricocheted off a defender and went in the in the net as the Northeastern field hockey team handed the University of Massachusetts its second consecutive loss to open up the season, 3-2, this evening at a rain-soaked Richard F. Garber Field. Webber also added two assists in the game.
Down 2-0, freshman Rachel Skorupski (Hatfield, Mass.) put home a rebound to bring the Minutewomen within a goal. The unassisted tally was the first of her career. It came just 23 seconds after Mari Creatini put the Huskies up 2-0. The Minutewomen then tied the game at the 62:58 mark when sophomore Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) received a pass from senior Erika Whiston (Athol, Mass.) and beat Husky goalkeeper Emily Roy to knot the game at two.
With just less than five minutes remaining in regulation, UMass junior goalkeeper Ashley Egland (Ilion, N.Y.) made three big saves off a penalty corner to keep the game tied. She then made another big stop less than two minutes later sending the game into the extra frame.
Both teams had scoring chances in the extra session, but Webber's shot from ten yards out, with just over two minutes left in the first overtime, hit the leg of a UMass defender and deflected in the net sending the Huskies home victorious.
After a scoreless first half, Northeastern built a 2-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the second half on goals by Aleisha Bemis and Creatini.
Egland finished the game with 11 saves, while Roy made eight on the other side. Northeastern held the edge in penalty corners, 21-3.
"I thought we made some great improvements since Saturday," said UMass Head Coach Patty Shea. "They competed very hard and left it all out on the field today. It takes a lot to fight back from a 2-0 deficit and I am very proud of them."
The loss drops the Minutewomen to 0-2 on the young season, while Northeastern improves to 2-0.
Massachusetts travels to Boston College for a 7:00 p.m. game on Wednesday, Sept. 4.
Scoring: First Half - None. Second Half - NU, Aleisha Bemis 1 (Sara Webber) 39:23; NU, Mari Creatini 2 (Webber) 43:52; UM, Rachel Skorupski 1 (unassisted) 44:15; UM, Caitlin Beresin 1 (Erika Whiston) 62:58. Overtime - NU, Webber (unassisted) 82:55.
Saves: Northeastern - Emily Roy 8 (82:55); Massachusetts - Ashley Egland 11 (82:55).
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