No. 13 Minutewomen Fight Back For 3-1 Win At Boston University
Oct. 6, 2013
BOSTON - Junior midfielder Renee Suter scored two penalty corner goals to lead the No. 13 nationally ranked University of Massachusetts field hockey program to a 3-1 come-from-behind win at Boston University on Sunday afternoon. Senior forward Molly MacDonnell added UMass' third goal of the day at New Balance Field while Izzie Delario, Alexa Sikalis, Mel Sutherland and Charlotte Verelst tallied one assist each.
The Minutewomen (9-4 overall) tied the contest at 1-1 on Suter's first goal of the season. After UMass drew a penalty corner, Delario inserted the play to Sikalis at the top of the circle. Sikalis tapped a pass to Suter on her right and Suter followed with a blast into the right side with 22:08 left to play.
Suter pushed the Minutewomen in front with her second strike of the day only 4:45 later. To earn her first collegiate multi-goal performance, Suter fired an attempt into the right side following a penalty corner insert by Verelst and a stop by Sutherland.
After giving up its lead, the Terriers put together a furious run in an attempt to knot the score at two. Cassera directed her final shot of the afternoon at the UMass cage with 12:02 left in regulation. However, Carlino was in place to make the save with her blocker pads for her final of the contest.
Boston University continued to pressure the Minutewomen defense in the circle, notching both of its second half penalty corner attempts during the final stretch of competition. However, the UMass defensive front, led by Allymohamed, Prince and Hannah Farrell, kept the Terriers from attempting another on-target shot to seal the victory.
The Terriers (7-4) went ahead, 1-0 with a goal from Amanda Cassera following the halftime break. Cassera put home a rebound attempt after UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino stopped the initial shot by Madeleine Hackett with a kick save.
MacDonnell used her fourth goal of the season to finish scoring following a penalty corner opportunity at the final buzzer. Suter drive a shot to the goalmouth, where the ball deflected to MacDonnell. The Clifton, Va., native redirected the loose play into the back of the cage to close competition.
At the start of the game, Boston University applied pressure to the UMass defense, with Carlino turning aside the first shot of the day during the second minute to keep play scoreless. The Terriers followed with their first penalty corner attempt of the day at 2:32. Sofi Laurito fired in a shot after the insert and stop; however, Lauren Allymohamed was able to deflect the attempt in front to stifle the scoring chance.
The Terriers earned a penalty stroke opportunity when play was whistled to a stop in the UMass circle with 26:06 remaining in the first half. Ysi Schieb took the shot for Boston University, with Carlino diving to her right and blocking the strike with her stick to keep BU off the scoreboard.
The Minutewomen responded with four penalty corners opportunities to control play during the remainder of the first half. A pair of those attempts came back-to-back spanning the 27th and 28th minutes of play, with Hannah Prince earning two shots during the sequence. Prince's first attempt was turned aside by Boston University goalkeeper Valentina Cerda at 27:37 while the second was blocked in front at 28:17.
Prince added another on-target attempt at the 29:04 mark of play while Verelst notched her first shot on goal of the day with 1:05 remaining in the initial stanza.
Massachusetts finished with 14 shots, including 10 on-target, and 10 penalty corner attempts. Carlino tallied four saves in the cage for her ninth win of the year.
Boston University took nine shots, with five directed at the cage. The Terriers secured four penalty corners while Cerda ended the contest with seven saves.
The Minutewomen begin Atlantic 10 Conference competition with their next contest as UMass travels to Saint Louis (1-10) on Saturday, Oct. 12 for a 1:30 p.m. contest.