Field Hockey Downs Saint Joseph's, 2-1
Oct. 12, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) scored at the 43:08 mark and it turned out to be the game-winner as the University of Massachusetts field hockey team (3-10 overall, 1-1 Atlantic 10) defeated Saint Joseph's University (4-9, 0-2), 2-1, this afternoon at a cool and damp Garber Field. With the win, the Minutewomen snapped an eight-game losing streak.
UMass came flying out of the gates right away as freshman Gina Sanders (Morgan Hill, Calif.) blasted two shots just wide of the cage in the first minute of play. Saint Joseph's then had a couple of scoring opportunities three minutes later, but UMass junior goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) made two saves.
At the 9:09 mark, UMass senior Kristin Hopwood (Lexington, Mass.) fed a pass into sophomore Katelyn Woolfrey (Somerset, Mass.) on a penalty corner. Woolfrey faked a shot and then passed to Sanders who ripped a shot past Hawk goalkeeper Courtney Huff. It was Sanders' first career goal and Woolfrey's first assist of the season. Saint Joseph's had its best scoring opportunity of the first half when Katelyn O'Brien stole a pass deep in the Minutewomen zone and sent Nicole Antonini in alone, but she whistled a shot wide of the cage.
Antonini had a golden opportunity to tie the game at the 17:41 mark of the second half but her shot off a penalty corner was saved by Tocco. UMass took a 2-0 lead at the 43:08 mark off a goal similar to the first one, Hopwood passed to freshman Marije Tigchelaar (The Hague, Netherlands) on a penalty corner. Tigchelaar faked a shot and passed to Bawden who beat Huff for her second goal of the season. It was Tigchelaar's second assist of the year.
Saint Joseph's got on the board at the 61:58 mark when O'Brien got the ball just on the UMass side of the field and fed a long pass to Lauren Luft. Tocco came way out of the net to cut down the angle, but Luft was able to get the ball around her and net her second goal of the season. SJU then had a chance to tie the game late in the game, but O'Brien's shot off a penalty corner was stopped by Tocco.
Massachusetts out-shot Saint Joseph's, 14-12 in the game and held a 4-3 edge in penalty corners. Tocco and Huff each made six saves.
UMass will begin a four-game road swing on Wednesday, Oct. 15, when it travels to New Hampshire. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.