PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior Jill Levrault (Somerset, Mass. / Somerset-Berkley) handed the field hockey team its first victory of the season in dramatic fashion, recording the game-winning goal in overtime to edge Johnson & Wales 3-2 this evening at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Athletics Complex.
The Corsairs (1-1) utilized a cross field outlet pass to jumpstart the winning sequence, sending two visitors behind the Wildcats defensive line. Junior Ali Ladue (Bridgewater, Mass. / Bridgewater-Raynham) raced down the right flank and slid a pass by the charging JWU keeper that Levrault was able to deflect into the vacant net for the decisive marker.
Facing a 2-1 second-half deficit, UMass Dartmouth netted the equalizer with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation. Levrault laced a shot through traffic that ended up in the right corner of the cage to force the extra session.
The Corsairs needed less than seven minutes to take the early advantage. Freshman Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) gave the visitors the lead with her second goal of the season, finishing a feed from Chelsey Campbell (Barre, Mass. / Quabbin).
The Wildcats tied the contest in the 27th minute as Giovanna Ciavardonni registered an unassisted tally from 10 yards out. Both teams entered the intermission break with four shots apiece.
Junior Liz Delaney (Foxboro, Mass.) earned her first victory of the season in her season debut, making two stops. Shannon Yoder stopped seven of the 10 shots she faced in a losing effort.
The Corsairs held a 15-9 advantage in shots, including a 9-3 lead in the second half, while also winning the penalty corner battle 16-6.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 4, when the Corsairs visit Trinity College (Conn.).