Second-Half Scoring Leads Field Hockey By #24 Maine, 4-2
Sept. 30, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Facing its eighth ranked opponent of the season, the UMass field hockey team secured a 4-2 victory over No. 24 Maine at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. A well-balanced offensive performance that featured four different goal scorers and a dominant second half attack paced the Minutewomen against the Black Bears.
Senior midfielder Kim Young, senior forward Nicole Cordero, junior forward Lindsay Bowman and freshman midfielder Noralie Weusthuis each notched one mark on the contest. Freshman midfielder Brooke Sabia recorded a pair of assists while junior forward Molly MacDonnell and junior forward Alyssa Ineson each added one helper.
After playing through the opening 33 minutes of the contest scoreless, Young spearheaded the first scoring play for UMass. Following a turnover in the defensive zone by Maine, MacDonnell found Young sprinting toward the net and the senior midfielder sized up a hard shot into the left corner of the cage for the 1-0 lead.
After taking the lead shortly before halftime, UMass picked up the scoring immediately after the break to take a two-goal lead. At the 39:13 mark, Brooke Sabia dribbled into the circle near the sideline to the right of the cage and passed across the goalmouth to Cordero. The Oak Park, Ill., native received the pass with her back to the goal and used a wrap-around shot over her right shoulder to place the ball by Black Bears goalkeeper Sydney Kolysher.
Weusthuis added to the lead in the 47th minute to notch her first collegiate goal. Ineson found Weusthuis near the left post, with the freshman midfielder tapping in a close attempt to push the advantage to 3-0.
Maine recorded its first goal on a shot by Nicole Sevey at the 52:17 point in the contest; however, the UMass offense continued to connect less than four minutes after. Bowman earned her second goal of the year following a pass from Sabia, taking the play to the left side of the cage before poking a goal over the diving Kolysher for a 4-1 lead.
Holly Stewart capped scoring in the 69th minute following a pass from Sevey.
UMass led the contest in shots, 12-5 and on-target attempts, 9-5. Penalty corners favored Maine, 5-3 while Holysher stopped four shots and UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino notched a pair of saves. Junior defender Hannah Prince also added a defensive save in the contest.
The Minutewomen wrap up their six-game homestand when No. 5 Connecticut (9-0) travels to Amherst, Mass., for a contest on Garber Field at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Admission to the contest will be free.