Field Hockey Beats Dartmouth, 2-1, For Fifth Straight Win
Oct. 20, 2004
HANOVER, N.H. -- Sophomore Gina Sanders (Morgan Hill, Calif.) and senior Adrianne Monaco (Oxford, N.Y.) each scored goals to give the University of Massachusetts field hockey team a 2-1 win over Dartmouth College this afternoon. The win is the fifth in a row for the Minutewomen.
UMass improves to 7-11 overall this season while Dartmouth drops to 5-8 overall. The Minutewomen have now won five games in a row for the first time since the 2001 season. Coincidentally, the Big Green snapped that streak with a 2-1 win at Garber Field on Oct. 23, 2001. This afternoon's win is also for the first for UMass against Dartmouth since Oct. 24, 2000 when it was a 2-1 victor in overtime. Overall, Massachusetts holds a 19-6-1 lead in the series.
"This was another step in the right direction," said UMass head coach Patty Shea. "We still have some things to clean up before our final two conference games, but everyone is pleased with the win. The players are working very hard and feel good that some of that effort is paying off in wins."
UMass got on the board first in the first half when sophomore Marije Tigchelaar (The Hague, Netherlands) sent in a long ball to Sanders at the 30-yard mark. Sanders got Dartmouth goalkeeper Lauren Balukjian to come out of the net and then lifted the ball over her head and into the cage to give UMass a 1--0 lead just 8:45 into the game.
Still with a one-goal lead, the Minutewomen were helped by junior Katelyn Woolfrey's (Somerset, Mass.) defensive save in the second half. Later in the second half, Monaco picked up a loose ball in the offensive zone following a penalty corner and scored to give UMass a 2-0 lead. That goal turned out to be big because Dartmouth was able to get one back. Nina Fulmer blasted a penalty-corner shot toward senior Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.), who made the save, but Jessica Saraceno chipped away and scored after a scramble in front of the net. Dartmouth's attempt to tie came up short, as it was unable to draw a penalty corner in the closing seconds. Each team finished with 10 penalty corners during the game, but Dartmouth ended up outshooting the Minutewomen, 20-9, including a 15-3 advantage in the second half.
Tocco made 10 saves in the cage for the Minutewomen while Balukjian stopped four shots on the other side.
Massachusetts has just two conference games left to close out the 2004 regular season. The Minutewomen will host Richmond on Sunday, Oct. 24, at Garber Field. Game-time is set for 12:00 p.m. and the three UMass seniors will be honored prior to the start of the game. UMass then enjoys six days off before closing out the regular season with a 12:00 p.m. game at Rhode Island on Oct. 30.