Field Hockey Falls To #16 Syracuse, 4-1
Oct. 2, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- Freshman Rachael Mervine (Conway, Mass.) scored her first career goal with 7:26 left in the game, but the 16th-ranked Syracuse University field hockey team (7-4) defeated the University of Massachusetts (2-9), 4-1, this afternoon at Garber Field.
The Orange got on the board first with 21:03 left in the first half. Meredith Gettel picked up a rebound in front of the net and beat UMass goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.). Tocco made the initial save on a shot by Joanne Lombard, but the rebound went right to Gettel in front of the net.
UMass had its best chance to tie the game about five minutes later on consecutive penalty corners. With 16:12 showing on the clock, UMass executed a corner perfectly as junior Patricia Borneo (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) fed the ball to junior Katelyn Woolfrey (Somerset, Mass.). Woolfrey then passed to sophomore Marije Tigchelaar (The Hague, Netherlands) who ripped a low shot that was saved by SU goalkeeper Betsy Wagner. The Minutewomen were then awarded another corner opportunity. This time, Woolfrey faked the pass to Tigchelaar and instead gave it to junior Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia). Bawden fired a shot which was saved by Wagner but the ball remained in front of the net. Borneo picked it up and tried to slide it past Wagner but she made the save and the Orange were able to clear the zone.
SU added the knock-out punch with just 34 seconds left in the first half. Brittany Carriero scored off a feed from Paige Sullivan to take a 2-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Syracuse scored twice in the first five minutes to put the game away. UMass was able to break into the scoring column, however, with 7:26 left. Senior Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) took a shot which went wide right. Mervine made a diving save to keep it in the circle and was able to score for her first career tally.
Tocco made eight saves in 47:31 for the Minutewomen. Freshman Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) played the final 22:29 and made one save. UMass was out-shot 16-8, and the Orange held the edge in penalty corners, 5-3.
UMass will host No. 10-ranked Northeastern tomorrow at 1:00 P.M. at Garber Field.