Field Hockey Falls To #10 Northeastern, 6-1
Oct. 3, 2004
AMHERST, Mass. -- Mari Creatini and Liane Dixon both scored two goals to give the 10th-ranked Northeastern field hockey team (9-2) a 6-1 win over the University of Massachusetts (2-10) this afternoon at Garber Field. Senior Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) scored the lone UMass goal while senior Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) made a season-high 16 saves in the cage.
UMass had the first opportunity to score in the game less than two minutes in. Beresin took the ball at midfield and came streaking down the left sideline. As NU goalkeeper Diana Nelson came out of the net to contest the shot, Beresin slide to slide it past her and inside the far post but it went just wide. From there, Northeastern took over offensively and out a barrage of shots on Tocco. In a 45-second span nine minutes into the game, the Huskies fired eight shots on Tocco set up by two penalty corners. Tocco held her ground and did not allow a goal while making six saves in that stretch.
Later in the half, the Huskies broke into the scoring column with three coals in less than five minutes. On the first one, Whitney Shean went down the right side and fed Creatini who was camped right in front of Tocco. Creatini spun around and slipped the ball past Tocco to the right side. The two then hooked up again four and a half minutes later. Shean took a shot on a penalty corner which was tipped in by Creatini in front of the cage. Just 16 seconds later, Shean scored an unassisted goal to give the Huskies a 3-0 lead.
Northeastern put the game away with three goals in the first 16 minutes of the second half. UMass finally broke into the scoring column with 12:44 left in the game. In a scramble in front of the NU cage, Beresin picked up a loose ball and stuffed it home for her third goal of the season. UMass had another chance to score in the game's final minute as freshman Rachael Mervine (Conway, Mass.) broke in alone down the right side. The goalkeeper came out and Mervine's bid for her second goal in as many days went wide to the right.
Tocco made 16 saves in 57:16 while freshman Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) made two in 12:44. Nelson made one save for the Huskies and Elizabeth Centofanti did not make on in the 12:44 that she played. Northeastern held a commanding advantage in both shots (33-5) and penalty corners (11-0).
UMass will open up Atlantic 10 Conference play next weekend. The Minutewomen will host West Chester on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 12:00 p.m.
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