Second-Half Offense Leads UMass By Temple, 4-1
Oct. 26, 2012
Four second half goals, including two from senior midfielder Kim Young, led the UMass field hockey team to a 4-1 win over Temple at Garber Field on Friday afternoon. Freshman midfielders Noralie Weusthuis and Courtney Spleen added a tally each in the winning effort.
The victory gave the Minutewomen sole possession of second place in the Atlantic 10 with an 11-8 overall record and 5-1 mark in conference play entering the final regular season contest. Temple falls into third place with the loss, dropping to 11-8 overall and 4-2 in the A-10.
After a scoreless first half, Young earned the lead at the 39:25 mark on a shot from the left-center portion of the circle. Junior midfielder Alexa Sikalis sent the play to Young with a clean pass across the front of the cage to earn her fifth assist of the year.
Weusthuis doubled the UMass lead less than five minutes later unassisted. The freshman midfielder dribbled into the circle and found an open shooting lane before flicking a shot over Temple starting goalkeeper Lizzy Millen, who dove to the ground prior to the shot.
Young followed with her second tally of the day and 10th of the season with 19:20 remaining in the contest. On a penalty corner, junior defender Hannah Prince inserted the play to senior defender Callie Sweigart. Sweigart sent a pass to Young near the left-center arc of the circle, with Young drilling a shot by Millen into the lower-right corner of the cage.
Only 22 seconds after Nicole Kroener put Temple on the board at the 69:04 mark, Spleen notched an empty-cage tally to reach the final score. Owls reserve goalie Haley Mitchell, who joined the contest in place of Millen after the third UMass mark, was removed after the lone Temple goal to allow the Owls an extra field player for the final minute of competition. Spleen used a pass from redshirt-sophomore Alyssa Ineson following the restart of play to notch UMass' fourth goal, firing a shot uncontested into the center of the cage.
UMass led in total attempts, 10-7 and on-target shots, 6-3 while penalty corners were tied at 2-2. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino stopped one shot for UMass and sophomore defender Lauren Allymohamed added a defensive save in the winning effort. Millen made two stops while allowing three goals in 53:32 of action in the cage. Mitchell played 15:32 without recording a save while Temple was charged with a team goal against for the final UMass mark.
The Minutewomen will play the final regular season game of the season on Sunday, Oct. 28 with 2012 Senior Day against Lock Haven at 1 p.m. Admission to all home field hockey games is free.
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