Three-Goal Rally Leads UMass To Overtime Win At Saint Francis, 4-3
Nov. 3, 2013
LORETTO, Pa. - Izzie Delario recorded a pair of goals, including the overtime game-winner, as the No. 12 nationally ranked University of Massachusetts field hockey program closed the regular season with a 4-3 victory at Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. The Minutewomen improved to 16-4 overall and 7-0 in Atlantic 10 games with the win to finish undefeated in conference play for the 12th time in program history.
Brooke Sabia provided one goal, her 19th of the season, while Lindsay Bowman added the tying tally to force the extra period. Charlotte Verelst finished with a pair of assists while Hannah Prince and Alexa Sikalis chipped in one apiece.
"I am proud of the team for gritting this win out," head coach Carla Tagliente said. "It wasn't pretty. The playing surface at DeGol Field was an equalizer, which is unfortunate in that sense but we cannot control it. It is a tremendous accomplishment to go undefeated in Atlantic 10 play. We will enjoy it for today but our focus tomorrow turns to the Atlantic 10 Tournament. I am excited to see this team compete and demonstrate what it can do."
After falling behind, 3-1 the Minutewomen rallied with three goals during the final 24 minutes of competition to secure the win.
To seal the victory, Delario netted the game-deciding tally - her second goal of the day - on a long pass from Sikalis nine minutes, 35 seconds into overtime. Over the previous three games, Delario has eight points on three goals and two assists.
Bowman knotted the contest at three with a deflection on the left side of the cage at the 61:44 mark of play. Verelst earned her second helper of the afternoon on the play.
Sabia started the comeback during the 58th minute with a shot from the edge of the arc after the Minutewomen drew a penalty corner. Prince found Sabia in open space with a pass to generate the scoring chance.
The Red Flash (8-8, 3-4) offense produced three consecutive tallies to turn the one-goal deficit into a 3-1 lead during the team's senior day. Elizabeth Momeyer, Selena Adamshick and Autumn Pellman each registered one goal during the string of offensive success.
Delario put UMass ahead, 1-0 in the 19th minute with the only goal of the opening half. The Rehoboth Beach, Del., native took a pass from Verelst and dribbled through the Saint Francis defense before she placed a shot into the left side of the cage.
The Minutewomen led in shots, 20-16 and on-target attempts, 16-11. Penalty corners favored Saint Francis, 14-10. Sam Carlino earned seven saves in the cage for UMass while Prince added a defensive stop at the goalmouth. Samantha Zeiders recorded nine saves for Saint Francis.
UMass continues its season at the top seed in the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship hosted at Garber Field in Amherst, Mass. The four-team tournament will have a pair of semifinal games on Friday, Nov. 8 before the championship contest occurs on Saturday, Nov. 9.
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