UMass Falls To Boston Univ., 2-1, In Season Opener
AMHERST, Mass. -- Freshman Britt Canfield (Granville, Mass.) scored her first college goal as UMass (0-1) lost to Boston University (1-0), 2-1, in the Minutewomen's season opener at Rudd Field on Sunday afternoon. UMass battled in hot and humid conditions, but the defending America East champions cam away with the win.
Canfield's goal tied the game at the 43:56 mark. Freshman Tina Rodriguez (Whitestone, N.Y.) was credited with an assist on the play. Susan Marschall had given the Terriers a 1-0 lead at 16:17. Meghann Cook was credited with the assist.
Massachusetts hung in the game with the Terriers despite getting out-shot, 19-3, but it was Cook who netted the game-winner at 52:40. She received as pass from Lauren Erwin and beat UMass sophomore keeper Kristin Walker (Lincoln Park, N.J.) to the lower left corner of the net.
Walker made five saves in net for Massachusetts, while Stephanie Dreyer and Christina Reuter each played a half for Boston University and did not make a save. BU also held the edge in corner kicks, 12-0.
Both sides exchanged quality possessions to start the match, with the Minutewomen getting an early scoring opportunity from a trio of players. Senior Lindsey Fairweather (Kingston, Mass.) broke the right flank and sent in a strong serve to the backpost. Freshman Kaelyn Caldwell (Seattle, Wash) got on the end of the cross, but her ball across the face of goal just missed the midfielder-in-waiting Lindsey Bellini (Webster, N.Y.) on the doorstep of goal.
The Minutewomen would start the second half strong, but with all their possession, they could not get any quality shots or scoring opportunities off against a strong B.U. back four. The Minutewomen were without the full, 100 percent services of both Bellini and Nadia Villarroel (Belmont, Mass.) for stretches of the match, as both players had to leave the field at different times due to stoppages. The Terriers would take advantage, controlling the run of play until UMass lost senior Erica Wideberg (Chester, N.J.) to another injury. UMass would pressure the B.U. defense to finish the match, but their strength and hardness in the tackle won the day and the match for the visitors as the Minutewoman just could not get to goal with any consistent potency.
Fairweather's dangerous shot from an acute angle on the left flank was the last chance for UMass in the final minutes.
UMass will now host Yale at Rudd Field on Friday, Sept. 3, at 4:30 p.m.