UMass stops field hockey in OT
The University of Massachussetts field hockey team handed Dartmouth its second straight loss, a 2-1 decision in overtime yesterday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field.
Dartmouth's Rebekka Stucker '04 began the scoring for the day at 22:33, after receiving a pass from Lauren Welsh '03. The goal was Stucker's seventh this season, and she has now scored in three out of the last four games.
UMass' leading scorer, junior Anke Bruemmer, responded with her first of two goals at 17:11. Following this goal, both teams had periods controlling the ball, but managed to hold each other off for the remainder of the game.
"We just played really well today against one of the stronger teams in the country," said Dartmouth Head Coach Amy Fowler after the game. "We were more consistent than usual and managed to shut down their strengths throughout the game."
"Their goalie and sweeper are very strong players, and both didn't look as strong today," she added. "We were able to play them evenly."
In overtime, the ball changed hands a number of times before Dartmouth was awarded a penalty corner at 11:40. With the Big Green unable to put the ball in the cage, UMass gained control, and a minute later also received a corner, which Dartmouth goalie Brittany D'Augustine '01 was able to deflect.
At 10:10, UMass was awarded their second corner in a row, on which Bruemmer scored the game-winner -- her second goal of the day.
"We worked well as a team today," Abigail Clark '02 said. "We haven't been able to play together for the full 70 minutes, but we definitely did a better job of that today. We do need to work on finishing though, and getting the ball in goal."
Dartmouth goalie D'Augustine made 11 saves, while UMass goalie Zowie Tucker made six. The Big Green face Harvard during Homecoming this Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
"We will need to feed off today's strengths in order to prepare for this weekend," Fowler said. "We learned today that no one is out of our league, and we can beat anyone on this field and on their turf."