Defense Leads No. 18 UMass to Senior Day Win Over Lock Haven, 4-0
Oct. 28, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - In its final regular season game of the season, the UMass field hockey team shut out Lock Haven, 4-0 on the strength of a pair of goals from freshman midfielder Noralie Weusthuis. Senior midfielder Kim Young and junior midfielder Alexa Sikalis added one tally each at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon.
Weusthuis struck for the eventual game-winner unassisted in the 11th minute. The freshman midfielder dribbled into the center of the circle and shot past Lady Eagles goalkeeper Elaina White low into the right side of the cage.
Ten minutes later Young doubled the UMass (12-8 overall, 6-1 Atlantic 10) lead with her 11th goal of the season. On a penalty corner, senior midfielder Kate Heineman inserted the play before redshirt-senior defender Callie Sweigart stopped the ball for Young near the top of the circle. Young took control and fired a shot off of White and into the lower-left portion of the cage. With the tally, Young assumed the team lead in points, reaching 27 for the regular season on 11 goals and five assists.
Sikalis continued scoring at the 29:02 mark to extend the advantage to 3-0. The junior from Acton, Mass., dribbled unimpeded into the circle before the Lock Haven defense closed on the play. With Lady Eagles surrounding her, Sikalis used a 360-degree spin to work out of the defensive pressure before ripping a shot from close range into the left side of the cage.
Weusthuis capped scoring in the second half with her sixth goal of the season. In the 41st minute, Weusthuis controlled possession in the right-center part of the circle and fired a shot into the left side-wall of the cage for her first collegiate multi-goal game.
The Minutewomen controlled play throughout the majority of the contest, resulting in a 25-12 margin in shots and 15-7 lead in on-target attempts. Penalty corners also heavily favored the home side, 12-4. Freshman goalkeeper Sam Carlino stopped seven shots in net to secure the second shutout of her collegiate career. White turned aside nine shots for Lock Haven while defenders Kelley Harsh and Teresa Lezama were each credited with a defensive save.
The Minutewomen continues their season with the Atlantic 10 Tournament, hosted on Garber Field beginning on Friday, Nov. 2. A pair of semifinals games will be played at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 2 to open competition in the tournament before the championship contest occurs at 2 p.m. on Nov. 3.