Potts' Stroke Gives #10 FH 1-0 Win At Harvard
Oct. 6, 2009
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Behind a strong defensive effort and a first half goal by Makaela Potts of a penalty stroke, the #10 UMass field hockey team defeated Harvard, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Jordan Field. The Minutewomen dominated play, outshooting the Crimson, 21-8, but 12 saves by Harvard goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos kept the game close. UMass improves to 9-3 on the season, while Harvard falls to 4-5.
Alesha Widdall made four saves, including one in the closing seconds, to earn her sixth shutout of the season and 13th of the sophomore All-American's career.
The UMass defense played impressively throughout the game. Led by Potts and Jaime Bourazeris, the unit held the Crimson to eight shots and only three penalty corners.
The Minutewomen controlled most of the play throughout the first half as they outshot the Crimson, 11-5. The Harvard defense proved tough in the circle however, as UMass was unable to score for most of the half.
The Minutewomen were awarded a penalty corner with eight minutes remaining in the opening half and after Potts initial shot was blocked, Katie Kelly's shot off the rebound was headed into the goal until a Harvard defender used their body to prevent the score, resulting in a penalty stroke.
Head coach Justine Sowry went with Potts on the stroke and she didn't disappoint, beating Tassopoula inside the right post for the junior's fifth goal of the season. It was UMass' first penalty stroke of the season.
UMass carried most of the play throughout the second half as well, outshooting Harvard, 10-3, that period and outcornerinng the Crimson, 4-1. The Harvard defense stood firm however and, with the help of an Eileen Seffron shot that hit the post late in the game, held UMass scoreless in the second half.
The Crimson made one final push in the closing minute, but Widdall kicked aside Kristin Bannon's shot with three seconds left to seal the victory.
The game was UMass' sixth shutout of the season and fifth by way of a 1-0 score.
The Minutewomen return to action on Friday when they travel to Storrs, Conn. to take on the #6 UConn Huskies at 7 p.m. at the Sherman Family Sports Complex.
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