Field Hockey Falls To Dartmouth, 3-1
Oct. 29, 2003
AMHERST, Mass. - Rebekka Stucker scored three goals as the Dartmouth University field hockey team (4-10) defeated the University of Massachusetts (3-15), 3-1, this evening at Garber Field. Freshman Sarah Mulvanity (Tewksbury, Mass.) scored the lone goal of the game for the Minutewomen. It was her first career goal.
UMass had the first scoring chance of the game just a minute into play. Junior Adrianne Monaco (Oxford, N.Y.) had a chance right in front of the cage, but her shot went just wide to the right side. Dartmouth then took over for the next five minutes. After UMass junior goalkeeper Christine Tocco (Reading, Mass.) made three straight saves on Dartmouths' Lindsay Gossage, Rebekka Stucker picked up the rebound and blasted it into the top of the net giving the Big Green a 1-0 lead. Dartmouth went up 2-0 less than 10 minutes later when Stucker scored her second of the night off a penalty corner. Gossage and Averill Doering picked up assists on the play.
Eight minutes into the start of the second half, UMass had its best scoring chance to that point. Sophomore Robin Dziedzic (Palmer, Mass.) picked off a pass and sent junior Caitlin Beresin (Acton, Mass.) in alone. Beresin tried to sweep it past Dartmouth goalkeeper Lauren Balukjian, who came out of the net to cut off the angle, but her shot attempt went just wide. UMass finally got on the board at the 52:14 mark when Mulvanity picked up a loose ball in front of the net and beat Balukjian for her first career point.
Exactly two minutes later, Dartmouth added an insurance goal when Stucker completed her hat trick. It came off a penalty corner with Gossage and Doering assisting again.
Tocco finished the game with eight saves for the Minutewomen, while Balukjian stopped 11 shots for the Big Green. UMass out-shot Dartmouth, 19-12 in the game and also held a commanding edge in penalty corners, 8-2.
The Minutewomen will close out the 2003 season on Saturday, Nov. 1, when they host A-10 foe Rhode Island. Game-time is 12:00 p.m. and UMass senior Kristin Hopwood (Lexington, Mass.) will be honored prior to the start of the game.