Field Hockey Shuts Out Vermont, 2-0
Sept. 26, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- Senior goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) faced 21 shots, including 18 in the second half, but did not allow a goal as the University of Massachusetts field hockey team hung on for a 2-0 win this afternoon over Vermont at Garber Field. Junior Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) scored the Minutewomen's first goal on a penalty corner with less than two minutes remaining in the first half. Senior Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) then added an unassisted tally with less than two minutes on the clock in the second half for insurance.
"Vermont out-played us in the second half and we were lucky to come away with a win," said UMass Head Coach Patty Shea. "We got a lead and instead competing to win, we were trying to protect it. We were playing very individually in the second half and not as a team. In the first half, we played much better."
UMass is now 2-7 on the year following today's win while Vermont drops to 1-9. UMass has never allowed a goal in its six all-time games against the Catamounts, outscoring them 18-0.
Their were very few chances for either team to score in the first half. Sophomore Gina Sanders (Morgan Hill, Calif.) had the game's first opportunity when she entered the circle on a breakaway less than five minutes into the game, but Vermont goalkeeper Ariel Eber came out of her net to make the save. Danielle Collins had UVM's best chance on a breakaway with 24:09 on the clock, but Tocco came out of her net to make the save.
With 1:45 left, UMass got its second penalty corner of the first half and broke the scoreless tie. Sophomore Marije Tigchelaar (The Hague, Netherlands) fed junior Katelyn Woolfrey (Somerset, Mass.). Bawden then came up and let loose a low line drive shot that found the back of the cage.
The second half was primarily all Vermont. The Catamounts tallied 18 shots and 12 penalty corners in the half, but were unable to break Tocco. Junior Patricia Borneo (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) and Tigchelaar both recorded defensive saves in the half to help preserve Tocco's third shutout of the season.
With 24:44 left in the second half, UVM had nearly three minutes in the circle with consistent pressure on Tocco, but did not score. In that span, UVM had two corners and five shots. Tocco made three saves, one was blocked and one was knocked away by Tigchelaar right before it crossed the goal line.
With five minutes left, the UMass offense came back. On a penalty corner, Bawden's bid for a second goal was denied by Eber and then her attempt two minutes later off a corner was blocked by a Vermont defender. Beresin then gave the Minutewomen their insurance goal when she intercepted a Vermont pass at the 16-yard mark and rifled it past Eber to give UMass the 2-0 lead.
UMass was out-shot 21-8 in the game and Vermont had eight more penalty corners (12-4). The Minutewomen's 10-game homestand continues Wednesday night when they host Providence. Game-time at Garber Field is 7:00 p.m.