UMass Field Hockey Edges Saint Joseph's In Strokes, 2-1
Oct. 17, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's (7-6, 1-2 A-10) converted just one of four attempts in the second round of strokes, while Massachusetts (6-11, 3-1 A-10) scored on all three attempts and the Minutewomen edged SJU 2-1 in Atlantic 10 field hockey on Finnesey Field.
UMass senior Adrianne Monaco tallied a goal just 47 seconds into the contest, pushing her stroke attempt past Hawk freshman goalkeeper Rebecca Cunfer.
SJU then controlled action most of the rest of regulation as the Hawks outshot UM 21-7 and held a 16-2 advantage in corners.
Hilary Moody finally tallied the equalizer for St. Joe's with just 9:39 remaining in regulation. She blasted home a penalty corner set up by sophomore Nicole Antonini and junior Jackie Aronchick.
Play evened out once the game reached overtime. Each team had numerous quality chances, but Tocco and Cunfer came up with several big saves apiece to extend the game. SJU had perhaps the best opportunity with three penalty corners after time had expired in the second overtime, but could not convert.
UMass changed goalkeepers at the outset of the stroke session, as freshman Becky Letourneau entered the cage. UMass began the first round of strokes with a miss and SJU's Maureen Casserly converted to put the Hawks on top. Erin O'Brien then tallied for UMass to even the score and SJU followed with a miss. Neither team converted in the third round, but SJU's Shelley Meier scored on the back-half of the fourth round to put the Hawks on top.
UMass needed a goal and a save to force a second stroke session and received both. UM junior Jamie Bawden tied it with a goal and then Letourneau stoned Antonini to force a second session.
The Minutewomen scored on their first three attempts of the second round, capped by a goal from junior Kately Woolfrey in the third round. SJU, meanwhile could only connect on one of its first three attempts. Trailing 3-1, SJU needed a stroke from senior Angela Hanna in the fourth round to stay alive. Letourneau, however, made the stop to give UMass the win.
SJU finished with a 29-16 advantage in shots and a 21-3 lead in corners. Tocco had 16 saves for UMass, while Cunfer turned aside 10 shots for SJU.
UMass won its ninth straight game against the Hawks and hold a 19-1 advantage in the all-time series.
The Minutewomen will return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 5:00 p.m. when UMass heads to Dartmouth.