Field Hockey Falls To Dartmouth, 2-1, In Double OT
Oct. 19, 2005
AMHERST, Mass. -- Lizzie Bildner scored her second goal of the game with 5:17 left in the second overtime to give the Dartmouth field hockey team (6-7) a 2-1 win over Massachusetts (6-10) Wednesday night at Garber Field. Sophomore Racheal Mervine (Conway, Mass.) scored UMass' goal in the first half. The Minutewomen out-shot Dartmouth 23-15 for the game and 13-2 in the two overtime periods.
"We had more than our fair share of chances to win this game but were unable to convert, said UMass head coach Patty Shea. "Our defense played well enough to win tonight. I will take my team over any team in overtime. We did some nice things late in the game and in overtime to create scoring chances. Now we need to carry that into this important weekend."
Scoring chances were rare for both teams in the first half. Just three minutes into the start of the game junior Gina Sanders (Morgan Hill, Calif.) passed across the circle to freshman Erin Parker (South Deerfield, Mass.). Parker took a hard shot, but it was saved by Dartmouth goalkeeper Lauren Balukjian. It was 11 minutes later before the Minutewomen got their first penalty corner, but they were unable to get a shot off.
Late in the first half, senior Jaime Bawden (Penticton, British Columbia) stole the ball just on the UMass side of the midfield stripe and weaved through several Dartmouth players to get into the circle. She got a shot off but it was saved. The rebound went right to freshman Lauren Gillespie (Casco, Maine). Gillespie had her shot saved, but the rebound came right back to her. She passed off to Mervine who stuffed it home for her second goal of the season.
Dartmouth controlled the play for much of the second half, out-shooting UMass 9-5. The Minutewomen did have a few chances. The best one came with 21:27 left in regulation. Sophomore Nicole Phelan (North Andover, Mass.) got the ball into the circle and slid a pass across to Sanders as the goalkeeper was coming out of the net. Sanders slid the ball past the goalie and as it was heading for the back of the cage, Dartmouth's Emma Palley cleared it out just before it went in. Dartmouth had four second half corners and took advantage of the final one. Whitney Waugh's shot off the corner was re-directed into the cage by Bildner to tie the game with just 6:49 left.
UMass dominated the first overtime period, but were unable to score. Parker's stick handling forced a corner just a minute in, but senior Katelyn Woolfrey (Somerset, Mass.) had her shot blocked. A few minutes later, Bawden had her shot saved and then Balukjian made the save of the game as she dove across to block the rebound attempt by freshman Mary Shea (Foxboro, Mass.). All told, the Minutewomen out-shot the Big Green 10-1 in the first overtime.
In the second overtime, it was a few minutes before the Minutewomen got going again. Mary Shea received a long pass by sophomore Erin O'Brien (Annandale, Va.) and beat the goalie with her shot, but Dartmouth's Waugh was there to prevent it from going into the net. A minute later, UMass again had a flurry in front of the net, but Balukjian made saves on senior Patricia Borneo (Arima, Trinidad & Tobago) and sophomore Kara Murphy (Dedham, Mass.).
A couple minutes later, Bildner stole the ball deep in the UMass zone and beat sophomore goalkeeper Becky Letourneau (Greenfield, Mass.) to end the game. Letourneau made eight saves in the game while Balukjian had 11. Six of those came in the two overtime periods.
UMass now heads to Philadelphia for a pair of games this weekend that will have major implications on the fast-approaching Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Minutewomen will play at Saint Joseph's on Friday at 4:00 PM and the Temple at 12:00 PM. Live stats will be available for both games via Gametracker at www.umassathletics.com.
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