Cordero's Hat Trick Leads Field Hockey To 6-2 Win Over Saint Louis
Oct. 12, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass field hockey senior forward Nicole Cordero's hat trick paced the Minutewomen in a 6-2 victory over Saint Louis at Garber Field on Friday afternoon. Cordero - who set a single-game career-high in tallies and points with the performance - was joined by senior defender Thando Zono and junior forward Molly MacDonnell in the goal-scoring column during the contest with the Billikens.
MacDonnell recorded the initial mark in the fifth minute unassisted. After senior midfielder Kim Young raced through the Saint Louis defense with possession and fired a shot off the right post, MacDonnell swept the loose ball into the left side of the cage for the 1-0 lead.
Cordero notched the first of her three tallies at the seven-minute mark, with MacDonnell earning the helper on the play. MacDonnell sent a long pass to the right side of the goal for the senior forward, with Cordero re-directing the play on-target to double the UMass advantage.
Cordero added the third UMass tally and her second of the day only 12:31 later, using a short pass from Young to the right post to establish the play. Cordero turned the action on-cage with a flick of her stick to push UMass ahead, 3-1.
The Minutewomen (7-8 overall, 1-1 Atlantic 10) dominated the first half overall, earning a 17-0 advantage in shots as well as a 6-0 lead in penalty corners. The Minutewomen sustained accurate on-target attacking runs throughout the contest, highlighted by 21 shots on goal, including nine in the first stanza of play.
Cordero's third and final shot of the contest earned the senior her first collegiate hat trick at the 43:43 mark. After Young controlled play at the right post to set up the possession inside the Saint Louis circle, Cordero finished off a centering pass with a deflection over Billikens starting goalkeeper Tori Westhead, who entered the contest with a 1.18 goals-against average.
Saint Louis (1-13, 0-2) found the back of the cage on a shot by Lexie Lindblad at the 46:18 mark; however, UMass junior forward Lindsay Bowman answered the Billikens goal immediately to push the lead to 5-1. Only 25 seconds after Saint Louis' mark, Bowman corralled a pass from freshman midfielder Brooke Sabia and fired a hard shot into the center of the cage for the junior's third goal of the season.
Alanah Busby added the final Saint Louis goal in the 52nd minute while Zono notched her sixth goal of the season on a penalty stroke at the 57:57 mark. The senior from Grahamstown, South Africa, was awarded the attempt after the Billikens defense set up behind its goalkeeper on a UMass corner, resulting in the automatic penalty stroke.
On the contest, UMass led in shots, 30-2, and shots on goal, 21-2. Penalty corners also favored the Minutewomen, 12-1. Westhead and Megan Depew-Brady split time in net for Saint Louis, combining for 15 saves. Freshmen Sam Carlino and Sammy Zeiders both saw action in goal for UMass, with neither recording a save while Zeiders was tagged with both goals allowed.
The Minutewomen wrap up three games in four days when the squad hosts Virginia Commonwealth on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. Admission is free to all at Garber Field.