UMass Falls To #7 Northeastern In OT, 4-3
Sept. 14, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass field hockey senior defender Thando Zono recorded a game-tying goal with 57 seconds left in the contest before No. 7 Northeastern battled past the Minutewomen in overtime, 4-3. Senior midfielder Kim Young and junior forward Molly MacDonnell also recorded goals for UMass during the hard-fought loss at Garber Field on Friday evening.
With time running down in regulation, Zono sent the game to overtime with her second goal of the year, marking the fifth UMass field hockey contest to extend into extra minutes through seven games this season. Using a penalty corner, Callie Sweigart settled a play to Zono on the left side of the circle before the senior defender fired a low shot by the Northeastern defense and Priest to knot the score at 3-3 with 57 second remaining.
Dierdre Duke tallied during overtime with a deflected shot off a UMass defender to send No. 7 Northeastern out victorious in the 77th minute.
The Minutewomen (3-4 overall) struck for a pair of early goals against the Huskies, with Young breaking the scoreless tie only 35 seconds into the contest. On a free play in front of the goal, Young sized up an attempt from inside the circle, earning her fourth goal of the season as the ball settled into the right corner of the cage. Young leads the UMass with 10 points on four goals and a pair of assists this year.
MacDonnell doubled the advantage at the 6:52 mark with her first tally of the season. Using a breakaway attempt, MacDonnell fired a shot on-frame that deflected off of Northeastern starting goalkeeper Lizzie Priest and into the left side of the cage.
Over the following 53 minutes of action, the Huskies (6-0) recorded a trio of tallies to go ahead, 3-2 with 10 minutes remaining in the contest. Kelly Dunn cut UMass' lead in half in the 11th minute before Crystal Poland added two marks to push the Huskies into the lead.
Poland notched the first goal when the referees stopped action during a breakaway attempt and awarded Northeastern's leading scorer a penalty stroke after the UMass defense collapsed on the play. Poland followed with the Huskies' third goal on a ball placed on net from outside the circle that the officials ruled deflected off of UMass goalie Sam Carlino and into the netting.
Carlino made four saves for the Minutewomen on the game while Priest stopped seven on-target shots. Penalty corners favored UMass, 6-4 while the Minutewomen also secured a 15-13 advantage in shots.
UMass continues its season at Garber Field on Tuesday, Sept. 18 with a 4 p.m. contest against No. 11 Boston University (5-1).