With all but one collegiate conference postponing the 2020 season to the spring, each week USA Field Hockey will be reliving last year's Weekend College Games to bring highlight to some great rivals, awesome goals and spectacular saves.
OCTOBER 24, 2019
DI: No. 24 Fairfield 3 - 1 Wagner
No. 24 Fairfield and Wagner met for the first time in Wagner’s inaugural season as part of the Northeast Conference in Staten Island, N.Y. Fairfield broke into the top-25 the previous week and held their spot with two identical overtime wins the previous weekend. Wagner was coming off a 4-0 loss to Lock Haven where they overpowered Wagner with shots and penalty corners.
Scoreless through three quarters, Wagner swung the momentum toward their side of the pitch by taking advantage of four penalty corners which yielded five shots through the first 10 minutes of action. Fairfield goalkeeper Zoe Rosen was able to keep those attempts within reach, earning four saves in the quarter. Fairfield was not able to muster any offensive challenges during the quarter, getting shutout in the shots category.
The Stags were able to turn things back to their favor in the final quarter, needing just five minutes to put the first goal of the game on the scoreboard. Danielle Profita posted her team-leading seventh goal when she converted a pass from Luzi Persiehl, an attempt which beat the goalkeeper to the lower part of the goal. Fairfield made good on one of its penalty corner during the fourth period as Persiehl once again played a role in creating an opportunity. Persiehl accepted the penalty corner and sent the ball toward goal where Malen Iglesias was waiting in front and deflected the ball past the goalkeeper to push the lead to 2-0. A few minutes later, Ymke Huisman tallied her first goal of the season with some nifty stick work that caught the Wagner defense off guard. The midfielder took the ball off the stick of a defender and sent a shot from the left circle that hit the back of the cage to raise Fairfield's advantage to 3-0 with less than three minutes left in the game. Wagner avoided the shutout with 1:38 left in the game as Hannah Meyer fired a backhanded shot from the top of the circle which caught the far corner of the goal to make it a 3-1 contest.
DIII: Husson 1 - 2 No. 18 Colby
In the thick of conference play, Husson and No. 18 Colby took a break from their typical foes to face one another in Waterville, Maine. Colby dropped a spot in the rankings following two losses to other ranked teams earlier the previous week. Husson also previously lost to Bowdoin with a score of 5-0.
Despite Colby bringing energy and eyeing an early lead, it was actually Husson who scored right off the bat. Allysah Green scored in the second minute and put a charge into her Eagles' team. Georgia Cassidy led her team down the field and answered back for Colby just under four minutes into the first quarter. Nifty stick work led her to her backhand and the shot was deflected by the defender and bounded past Husson goalkeeper Kimmie Goddard.
Over the next two quarters, Goddard stopped shot after shot, including a late attempt by Cassidy who beat a defender off the foot and shot a bullet above eye level of Goddard, but the goalkeeper deflected the ball off her stick-side pad and over the net. The Mules pressured all night, leading in shots 12 to 5 and penalty corners 7 to 5.
Colby finally broke through halfway through the final quarter. On Cassidy's fifth shot of the game it appeared that Goddard was once again going to deny the Mules. This time she let up a trickling rebound right in front of her feet and Eliza Mell punched in the game winner in the 7th minute in the frame.
DI: No. 13 Boston College 2 - 3 No. 1 North Carolina
Top-ranked North Carolina hosted No. 13 Boston College in Chapel Hill, N.C. for an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) clash. Boston College looked like the underdog when matched against North Carolina who held onto their top spot for the entire season, but the Eagles' six-game winning streak showed that they have what it takes to grind out a win.
Scoreless after the first half, North Carolina had just three shots while Boston College had five. Carolina picked that up in the third quarter, with five shots and four consecutive penalty corners, but still couldn't break through for a goal. The Eagles could with Charlotte Von Huelsen getting a shot from the top of the circle past Tar Heel goalkeeper Alex Halpin to go up 1-0.
Boston College took that lead into the fourth quarter, when Riley Fulmer tied the game for the Tar Heels in the 48th minute. Feline Guenther drove the baseline and sent the ball across the cage, where it bounced off the Boston College goalkeeper Sarah Dwyer. Fulmer got her stick on the loose ball to put it in and tie game at 1-1.
Three minutes later, as UNC looked for the go-ahead goal, Catherine Hayden was fouled in the circle and the Tar Heels were awarded a penalty stroke. Megan DuVernois converted into the bottom right corner of the cage to give North Carolina their first lead of the game.
The Tar Heels held the 2-1 advantage for just under five minutes before Boston College tied the game again. Elizabeth Warner deflected in a ball from Margo Carlin to even the score at 2-2 with 4:34 to play. Two minutes later, the Tar Heels drew their seventh penalty corner. Yentl Leemans had asked for a sub before the penalty corner was awarded, but instead ended up staying in and scoring the game winner on a give-and-go pass from Romea Riccardo. Leemans threaded her shot through the Boston College defense and into the cage for a 3-2 North Carolina lead with 2:32 remaining on the clock. Boston College pulled Dwyer to gain an extra field player in the final minutes but the Tar Heels were able to hold on for the win.
DI: No. 20 Wake Forest 2 - 4 No. 15 Syracuse
A second ACC match-up took place in Syracuse, N.Y. when No. 20 Wake Forest came to town to met No. 15 Syracuse. Both teams faced adversity in the season but fared well as they met top opponents early on.
Wake Forest struggled offensively to start the game, not getting a shot off in the first half. Syracuse took advantage of the slow start of the Demon Deacons, putting up two goal, one in each of the first quarters. Charlotte de Vries scored on a penalty corner in the 11th minute to give Syracuse an early 1-0 lead. Sarah Luby added to the lead when she connected on a cross from Claire Cooke in the 27th minute.
The Deacons came out firing in the third quarter scoring back-to-back goals in the first three minutes to erase Syracuse's lead. Meike Lackhor delivered her first goal of her career at the 31st minute mark with an assist from Alexis Grippo. Just two minutes later, the pair connected again, this time with Grippo finding the back of the net off a pass from Lanckohr to even the game 2-2. Syracuse followed suit, scoring their third goal of the game at 37th minute as Carolin Hoffman fed SJ Quigley for the score. Another two minutes later, the fourth goal of the quarter was scored as Syracuse extended their lead 4-2 following an unassisted goal from Laura Graziosi.
The action slowed in the final quarter as neither team managed to find the back of the net. Each side was awarded two penalty corners, but neither team could convert. Wake played a man down for 15-minutes of the match, with three yellow cards in the second half. Syracuse controlled a 13 to 4 shot advantage, but three of Wake's four shots were on goal.
DII: Converse 0 - 3 Newberry
Newberry hosted South Atlantic Conference (SAC) Carolinas opponent Converse in Newberry S.C. The two teams met earlier in the year and Newberry handled Converse 3-1 with three different players contributing goals.
The first two thirds of the opening quarter were a draw as neither team could post the game's first goal. However, that changed in the 12th minute of play as Newberry's Brady Keeler notched her eighth goal of the season to give the Wolves the 1-0 lead.
Newberry tried to extend the advantage in the second quarter, but Converse's goalkeeper Caroline Bailey, who was playing in her first game of the season, was solid between the pipes, holding Newberry to the lone goal and sending the Valkyries into halftime only trailing by the single goal.
After a flurry of offense on both ends, Newberry doubled their lead in the 39th minute following a goal by Kristyna Oyola. Haley Smith added a score midway through the fourth quarter to give the Wolves the final margin of victory, 3-0.
DIII: St. Lawrence 2 - 5 Vassar
New York neighbors and Liberty League foes St. Lawrence and Vassar met in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Vassar suffered three losses in their last four games after managing to stay undefeated until two weeks ago. St. Lawrence saw some similar struggles in the latter half of the season, losing six of their last seven games.
Vassar got on the board midway through the first quarter when Sam Plante broke away from the Saints' defense. She ran into the top right of the circle and fired the ball into the left corner.
In a scoreless second, the Brewers outshot St. Lawrence 9 to 5 and had a 5 to 2 penalty corner advantage. Vassar's Rylie Pope took two early shots on goal, but St. Lawrence goalkeeper Sydney Giacin deflected both away. Near the end of the half, the Saints rattled off five shots in two minutes with Vassar goalkeeper Juliana Smith making two saves.
After the break, St. Lawrence tied the game after a miscommunication by the Vassar defense that led to Mckenzie Haberl taking the wide-open attempt from six-yards out. The Saints nearly scored 40 seconds later, but Smith knocked it away. The Brewers responded at the 31st minute when Pope scooped up the ball in front of the St. Lawrence goal. She then chipped the ball in from three-yards away. Vassar continued to control the action for the remainder of the third. In the 39th minute, Stephanie Palma inserted the ball to Cristina Lopez at the top of the circle. Palma positioned herself in front of the Saints' goal and after Lopez shot, Palma was able to redirect the ball for the score. The Brewers scored again a minute later when Ella Pearl flicked the ball to Lopez on the left inside of the circle. Lopez then slipped the attempt through the defense to put Vassar up 4-1.
The Saints scored early in the fourth on another Haberl goal, but Vassar pulled away with their fifth goal in the 55th minute. Nikki Rizzo took a shot that was deflected by Giacin. Sam Kass then took the rebound and snuck the ball between the post and goalkeeper's leg for the final score.
DIII: Ithaca 1 - 0 William Smith
Liberty League opponents Ithaca and William Smith went head-to-head in Geneva, N.Y. The contest was a crucial game for both sides, as Ithaca entered the game needing just one win to clinch a spot in the upcoming Liberty League Tournament, while William Smith needed a win to stay alive in the postseason chase.
William Smith controlled much of the opening quarter of play, launching four shot attempts in the opening 15-minutes. However, the Ithaca backline was up to the task to keep matters scoreless.
The Bombers found their footing when play resumed following the break and controlled the second quarter from start-to-finish, generating four shots and two penalty corners. The scoring sequence came shortly between the midway point in the quarter, as Brianna Lennon was able to earn Ithaca's first penalty corner chance of the contest with a shot attempt that was blocked illegally. On the ensuing penalty corner, Jacqueline Mirabile provided the insert and got the initial shot attempt shortly after with a re-direct toward the cage. Although the attempt was blocked down in front, Morgan Mullen was in the perfect position to swat home the rebound with a quick stick in the net-front scrum. The goal pushed Ithaca in front 1-0 with 8 minutes left in the half.
The Herons most sustained stretch of attacking pressure came during the opening portions of the third quarter. William Smith began the second half on a huge push for an equalizer, but Ithaca's backline was up to the task.
The final quarter went scoreless as Ithaca held on for the 1-0 win.
OCTOBER 26, 2019
DI: No. 3 Connecticut 6 - 3 No .17 Liberty
No. 3 Connecticut headed south to meet No. 17 Liberty in Lynchburg, Va. The two Big East Conference teams battled for first place rights as Connecticut sat at the top of the conference with Liberty in second.
Liberty scored the first goal of the game in the 4th minute when Jill Bolton blasted home a shot into the right corner of the cage. Connecticut responded on a penalty corner 25 seconds later, with Claire Jandewerth connecting to tie the game at 1-1.
In the second quarter, the Flames went ahead 2-1 in the 22nd minute when Charlotte Vaanhold tipped in an Ashley Dykema shot off a penalty corner. In the 38th minute, Svea Boker tied the game back up for the Huskies scoring off a fast break play.
Just 49 seconds into the second half, Antonia Tiedtke scored at the left post to give Connecticut their first lead of the game. Liberty tied it for the third time less than a minute later when Lizzie Hamlett tipped in Daniella Rhodes' shot. Almost a minute following, Connecticut regained the lead, 4-3, when Jandewerth scored her second goal off a penalty corner.
Connecticut tallied two more goals in the final six minutes of play to secure the 6-3 win. The fifth goal was notched by Boker in the 53rd minute and the sixth came through Vivienne Tucker in the 56th minute. The Huskies held a narrow 12 to 10 advantage in shots and the teams tied with four penalty corners each.
DI: No. 9 Princeton 3 - 2 No. 14 Harvard
Ivy League rivals and top-25 teams No. 9 Princeton and No. 14 Harvard met in Cambridge, Mass. Either team could walk away victorious, leaving the other with their first Ivy League loss following the contest.
Hannah Davey looked to get the Tigers on the board early as she forced the Crimson's goalkeeper Ellie Shahbo to make stop in the fourth minute. Her rebound shot was also blocked. Princeton did not allow a shot in the first quarter while producing five attempts.
Casey Allen, who registered the Harvard's first shot, whipped an impressive backhand ball into the cage to put the Crimson up 1-0 in the 23rd minute of the second quarter. With 49 seconds remaining in the frame, Princeton earned a penalty corner and Davey scored a straight shot off the attempt to make it 1-1.
Harvard went back in front early in the third quarter as Maddie Earle scored on a backhand shot. The Crimson had an opportunity to add on with two consecutive penalty corners, but had both attempts denied. SammyPopper retied the contest for Princeton as she dribbled to her right and sent a shot that got through in the 40th minute point of the matchup.
MaryKate Neff's game winner came just 2:10 into the final quarter off a penalty corner redirect. Princeton held a 12 to 7 advantage in shots and slight 5 to 4 advantage in penalty corners.
DII: No. 7 Assumption 1 - 3 No. 9 Southern New Hampshire | Rewatch
Top-10 teams No. 7 Assumption and No. 9 Southern New Hampshire took a break from conference play to meet in Manchester, N.H. to test themselves against their rankings. This meeting is tradition, and last year saw a mix of results for both teams. The first meeting in 2018, the season opener, had Southern New Hampshire win. However, the second one in November was won by Assumption.
Southern New Hampshire snuck one into the back of the net just 54 seconds into the game when Helene Servais scored on a backhand into the right side of the net. Assumption took the defense up a notch and only allowed the Penmen three more shots in the first quarter.
The Penmen came out in the second quarter and earned a penalty corner just short of four minutes into the quarter. Laura van der Doorn picked up a rebound off the initial shot and redirected it into the boards for a 2-0 lead.
Seven minutes into the third quarter the Penmen struck again off a penalty corner Lisa Hagel goal to extend their lead to 3-0 with just over 23 minutes left in the game. The Hounds earned a penalty corner with just under four minutes in the game when Jennifer Beardsley collected her own rebound and scored. Assumption ran out of time and fell to the Penmen 3-1.
DII: No. 3 Millersville 1 - 3 No. 10 Mansfield | Rewatch
No. 3 Millersville competed against No. 10 Mansfield to round out conference play. Millersville dominated the beginning of the season with eight straight wins but have since suffered four losses to conference opponents. Meanwhile, Mansfield beat Slippery Rock in a shootout then fell to No. 3 East Stroudsburg 6-1 later in the weekend. While some conference teams played each other already in the season, this was the first meeting for Millersville and Mansfield.
Larissa Motts opened the scoring in the fourth minute for Mansfield with an unassisted goal. The Mountaineers extended the lead to 2-0 when Alex Esterling collected an Emily Sadowski pass across the goalmouth and beat the Millersville goalkeeper Autumn Peters to the right side.
Millersville added one back in the second quarter when Kyra Brakefield redirected a pass from Jordan Goddard into the cage.
Holding on to a 2-1 lead for much of the game, Mansfield tacked on an insurance goal in the 59th minute when Meghan Griffin scored to give the Mountaineers a 3-1 lead. Millersville led penalty corners 10 to 5 and shots 12 to 8. Four of Mansfield's eight shots went on frame.
The win snapped a 10-game losing streak that Mansfield held again the Marauders dating back to the 2010 season and marked just the fourth time in program history that the Moutaineers have won 11 or more games.
DIII: No. 1 Middlebury 0 - 1 No. 6 Tufts
Undefeated and top-ranked Middlebury traveled to No. 6 Tufts for a huge game to watch in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Even though Tufts had two blemishes on their record, including a conference loss, they accumulated a five-game winning streak that they looked to extend. Most recently, Tufts beat Connecticut College 8-0 as Gillian Roeca could not be stopped as she notched a hat trick by the beginning of the third quarter. Last season saw three meetings between the teams and Middlebury taking each one.
Middlebury controlled the pace for the first couple of minutes until the Jumbos pushed the pace back on the Panthers. Tufts forced the Panthers back into their defensive end and earned a string of penalty corners. The Panthers controlled the early pace of play in the second quarter with help from a green card on Tufts' Marguerite Salamone.
Tufts came out of the half on the attack as Salamone nearly broke the scoreless tie, but a jumping, blocker save by Middlebury goalkeeper Grace Harlan kept the score at zeros. Just minutes later, the Jumbos earned two penalty corners, but both shots by Rachel Hamilton were blocked by the Middlebury defense. On their fourth consecutive penalty corner, Salamone sent a pass to Hamilton. Instead of shooting, Hamilton sent a pass back to Salamone who turned and chipped it into the middle of the circle, which found a crashing Gillian Roeca who volleyed the pass home to give the Jumbos a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute.
A five-minute yellow card issued to the Jumbos gave Middlebury all the confidence and opportunity to attack. A near goal came for the Panthers with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. A foul was called after the play which negated the Panther tally and helped the Jumbos head to the final regulation period with the smallest of leads, 1-0.
Middlebury jumped on the attack early in the fourth quarter with a set of three penalty corners. They earned opportunities to get shots on goal, but strong Jumbo defense blocked away two shots to clear the pressure. Tufts possessed play for the final six minutes and did not allow the Panthers an opportunity to tie the score.
DIII: No. 10 Kean 2 - 3 No. 2 TCNJ (OT)
A battle between two New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) teams took place in Trenton, N.J. as No. 10 Kean met No. 2 TCNJ. Both teams were undefeated in conference play so far, but only one would be able to remain without a loss on their NJAC record following the game.
The Lions came out strong taking a quick lead just minutes into the game. Tori Hannah made a long pass from the right corner to Cayla Andrews. whose initial shot was saved, but she easily put home the rebound to put TCNJ on top 1-0.
Andrews found the back of the net a second time early in the second quarter, beating her defender down the left side, then lifting a shot over the sliding Kean goalkeeper Belly Reynoso to extend the lead to 2-0. The Lions took that advantage into the half.
The Cougars came out hungry in the second half. After drawing a penalty corner, Rachel Mills made the insert to Erin Donnelly, who immediately passed back to Mills for a goal that trimmed the lead to 2-1. Early in the fourth, Kean got another goal through Melissa Way after she drove the right baseline for a backhand shot to tie the game.
Midway through the first overtime period, Kean earned a penalty corner and fired a pair of shots toward the Lions net. TCNJ's goalkeeper Maddie Beaumont made both saves including a split inducing kick save to keep the game alive. Andrews netted the winning goal seven minutes into the overtime period to record a hat trick on the day. With the win the No. 2 ranked Lions clinched the number one seed in the upcoming NJAC Tournament. The win snapped the Cougars winning streak 17.
TCNJ out-shot Kean 20 to 12, including 11 to 0 in the first half.
OCTOBER 27, 2019
DI: No. 7 Michigan 4 - 3 No. 11 Saint Joseph's
No. 7 Michigan and No. 11 Saint Joseph’s looked to improve their overall record with an out-of-conference match-up. The previous week, Michigan downed No. 2 Maryland in a 1-0 game, and they looked to build on that momentum. Saint Joseph's previously defeated Richmond, fending off a comeback by the Spiders with a goal late in the fourth quarter. The last time these two teams met was in the 2018 NCAA Tournament when Michigan ended Saint Joseph’s season in the first round.
With bands of rain rolling through Hawk Hill throughout the game, it was Saint Joseph's that took the lead midway through the opening quarter. Pepa Serrano fired off a shot that was saved by Michigan's goalkeeper Anna Pieker. Emily Sayre was there to send in the rebound and give Saint Joseph's the lead with six minutes to go in the period. Michigan drew level with one minute to go in the quarter as Nina Apoola got loose and converted a pass from Kate Burney to make it 1-1.
The Hawks struck twice in the closing minutes of the second quarter to take a two-goal lead into the break. Sayre was involved again, sending a ball toward the cage that Jordan Olenginski tipped past Spieker to put the Hawks back on top. Then, with 36 seconds to go, Kathryn Bentz scored on a penalty corner to put SJU ahead, 3-1, as the heaviest rains of the afternoon poured down heading into halftime.
The Wolverines took control out of the break, scoring just 89 seconds into the third quarter, as Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort fed Katie Anderson on a restart to cut the lead to a single goal. Five minutes later, Halle O'Neill equalized for Michigan on a penalty corner; both Wolverine goals came with the Hawks down a player due to a yellow card.
Both teams had opportunities on penalty corners in the final quarter, but it would be the visiting Michigan that got the game winner as Kayla Reed's diving effort tipped a ball from O'Neill into the cage with 6:50 to play in the fourth. Unfortunately for the Hawks, they could not get an equalizer of their own and the Wolverines came away with the 4-3 win.
Michigan held a 19 to 10 advantage in shots, and also earned 12 penalty corner opportunities to eight for the Hawks.
DI: Rider 0 - 1 No. 25 Providence
Rider traveled to Rhode Island to take on No. 25 Providence. Providence has held strong onto their spot in the top-25 by extending their current winning streak to three games while Rider defeated Hofstra in their last matchup. The two teams have not competed since September of 2016, where in that game Providence walked away with the 3-1 win.
Providence opened the scoring early in the day off a penalty corner in the second minute. Mary O'Reilly scored after redirecting an initial shot by Kara Sanford in what proved to be the game-winning goal to give the Friars a 1-0 lead.
After only one shot in the first quarter, Rider put up four in the second frame to Providence's one.
It was a tightly contested third quarter, with neither team scoring a goal. The Friars had the only shot thanks to Izzy Mendez, but her attempts was saved by Rider's goalkeeper Lena Vandam.
Rider outshot Providence 3-0 in the fourth quarter, putting just one attempt on target. That chance came with under 10 minutes let in regulation when the Broncs threatened with a penalty corner but Carly Brosious' shot was turned away by Friar goalkeeper Lydia Rice. Rice secured three total saves on the afternoon for her sixth shutout of the season. Rider out shot Providence 8 to 6 and held the advantage in penalty corners 5 to 3.
DII: Bellarmine 1 - 3 Newberry
Newberry hosted Bellarmine in a game that did not count toward conference standings. Newberry took both wins last season when the teams met by edging the Knights by one goal in the first match and three goals when they played later in 2018. Newberry also beat the Knights just the previous week in overtime as Haley Smith found the back of the net for the game winner.
Neither team were able to take control of the first quarter, as both traded possession throughout the first 15 minutes. Newberry showed some urgency after being outshot 4 to 1 and began the second quarter with a spark. The Wolves wasted no time getting on the board in the second quarter as Farai Kawonde flicked a quick pass Kristyna Oyola, who took a reverse shot that landed past the Knights' goalkeeper Heather Gregory 58 seconds into the period. Newberry secured a two-goal cushion going into halftime, slipping in two of their seven shots. Chantel Gauthier demonstrated her fast reaction skills as Brady Keeler took a shot from just inside the circle, leading to Gauthier deflecting the off target hit into the back of the cage in the 28th minute.
The Knights avoided the shutout when Lindsay Sturgeon scored off a rebounded shot before Newberry's defense could recover with under 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter. The Wolves spent no time gathering composure and heading down toward the cage during their next possession. Two late counter attacks led to goal scoring opportunities but the Wolves did not connect a final shot to increase the lead.
Although both teams took 13 shots on the day, the Wolves were able to make the most of their opportunities when entering the circle. Newberry landed nine out of thirteen shots on goal.
DIII: Rhodes 3 - 0 Transylvania
Rhodes and Transylvania competed in Lexington, Ky. to continue to decide Southern Athletic Association (SAA) seeding for postseason play. Rhodes boasted a four-game winning streak following a series against SAA teams, Sewanee and Concordia. Transylvania had lost three games in a row, the last coming against Randolph-Macon who prevented the Pioneers from scoring on their four shot attempts. Last season, Rhodes overpowered Transylvania in both meetings by at least nine goals.
After eight minutes of scoreless play, Rhodes emerged for three goals in a three minute span for a comfortable 3-0 lead that held firm for the rest of the game. Hannah Luckes scored the game-winner off a penalty corner shot from the left side that slipped through traffic. She scored again just over a minute later and 54 seconds after that Lydia Slyter deflected in a Sam Hutchison shot.
Transylvania's defense locked in for the rest of the afternoon as Rhodes was held scoreless over the final three quarters. Offensively, the Pioneers tried to increase its counterattacks into the second quarter but the Lynx's last line of defense denied the home team a high dosage of shots.
On the day, the Lynx recorded 13 shots and earned eight penalty corners. Half of those corners occurred in the first quarter.
DIII: No. 7 Williams 4 - 2 Univ. of New England | Rewatch
No. 7 Williams took on out-of-conference opponent University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. The two teams have not played each other in recent history, making this game important to setting the tone for meetings to come should they happen to meet in the postseason.
Williams' offense took control early in the game and with the ball in possession, Claire Fitzpatrick found Emma Ticknor near the goal, and she slotted the ball in past the pad of UNE's goalkeeper Liz Sargent to give the Ephs an early 1-0 lead.
In the second quarter, the Ephs offense showed no signs of slowing down. Into the final minutes of the half, Williams kept the pressure as Elizabeth Welch fired a hard shot through the legs of Sargent to put the Ephs up 2-0. The Nor'Easters had their first opportunity of the half with a late shot from Kendra MacDonald that was played away by Eph goalkeeper Abby Lloyd. A final second penalty corner for the Nor'Easters proved unfruitful as the shot by Reanna Boulay was blocked by an Eph defender.
The third quarter became an even battle between the two squads, as play remained in the midfield for the first 10 minutes. UNE broke away with a penalty corner in the 41st mintue. Haylee Angster took the attempt and her pass found MacDonald at the top of the circle. MacDonald found Boulay close to the net and her shot slid just past the pad of Lloyd to bring the score to 2-1. Two minutes later, the Nor'Easters converted again with the same play off a penalty corner, with Boulay firing another shot past Lloyd to even the score at 2-2.
The match headed into the final quarter with an even 2-2 score and both squads looking for the go-ahead goal. It was the Ephs, though, that grabbed the early possession and a penalty corner in the 46th minute. After the initial pass in from Emily Batchelor, the Ephs offense invaded the circle and Isabel Perry passed the ball to Fitzpatrick who swept it up over the shoulder of Sargent to give the Ephs the go-ahead. Williams wasn't done yet, as Welch headed down the field with 10 minutes left in the half and found Fitzpatrick again in the circle. Fitzpatrick shot the ball into the back corner of the net to give the Ephs a 4-2 lead and eventual win.
* DI Rankings are based off Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll Week 5 (Posted October 22, 2019)
** DII Rankings are based off Penn Monto/NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll Week 4 (Posted October 22, 2019)
*** DIII Rankings are based off Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll Week 5 (Posted October 22, 2019)