Field Hockey

Field Hockey Claims 9-1 Win Over Saint Joseph's On Senior Day

Sophomore Brooke Sabia reeled off three goals in the second half to extend her season total to 16.

Sophomore Brooke Sabia reeled off three goals in the second half to extend her season total to 16.

Oct. 20, 2013

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AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore midfielder Brooke Sabia tallied three goals as the University of Massachusetts field hockey team defeated Saint Joseph's, 9-1 at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Charlotte Verelst added a pair of tallied while Lindsay Bowman, Molly MacDonnell, Hannah Prince and Nicole Miller earned one a piece during 2013 Senior Day.

Midfielder Alexa Sikalis added two assists to push her NCAA Division I-leading total to 15 on the season, while Izzie Delario and Mariajose Rodriguez helped out on one tally each. Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Carlino finished with a pair of saves in the cage to improve to 26-13 all-time as a Minutewoman.

Prince started the scoring for UMass (12-4 overall, 3-0 Atlantic 10) during the 13th minute on a penalty corner drag shot following an insert by Delario and stop from Sikalis. Five minutes later Miller found the back of the cage unassisted after taking control of a loose ball in the circle and beating Saint Joseph's goalkeeper Amelia Deibler nearside at the left post.

Bowman pushed the lead to 3-0 in the 21st minute. Sikalis owned possession in the circle and passed the ball toward the left post, where Bowman redirected it by Deibler for the senior's fourth goal of the year.

Exiting halftime with a three-goal lead, Verlest tallied back-to-back marks in the opening minutes of the second half to extend the advantage to 5-0. For the first goal, Verlest connected into the left side from three yards away with 36 minutes, three seconds gone by in the contest. Only 1:59 later, Verelst corralled a bouncing ball near the goalmouth and sent it into the back of the goal for her fourth tally of the season.

Sabia fired in the next three Minutewomen goals to earn her first collegiate hat trick and bump her season total to 16. Sabia's first tally came at 41:43 after the sophomore dribbled into the circle from the left endline and shot into the right side.

The Lafayette Hills, Pa., native followed at 53:59 with her second of the day before Emily Nonnemacher earned Saint Joseph's (4-11, 1-2) only goal of the afternoon at 56-minute mark to cut the UMass lead to 7-1. However, Sabia pushed the lead back to seven goals at 64:03 with a play redirection at the goalmouth after Rodriguez found Sabia with a clean pass from the right endline.

MacDonnell finished scoring with an unassisted goal in the 68th minute. MacDonnell possessed the ball at the left endline and dribbled into the circle before shooting low into the right side of the cage.

The Minutewomen held a 30-7 lead in shots, including a 22-3 advantage in on-target attempts. UMass also secured an 8-3 edge in penalty corners while Deibler finished with 12 saves for Saint Joseph's.

The Maroon and White continue Atlantic 10 competition against Richmond on Friday, Oct. 25 on Garber Field at 1 p.m. UMass concludes the home portion of its 2013 regular season with a matchup against VCU on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Noon.



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