DARTMOUTH, Mass. — University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior forward Emily Anderson (Medway, Mass.) delivered the decisive score in the 78th minute to propel the Corsairs to a 3-2 Little East Conference field hockey overtime victory over visiting Plymouth State University this afternoon at Cressy Field.
UMass Dartmouth generated its final scoring opportunity off a penalty corner eight minutes into the extra session. Sophomore Hunter Carden (Branford, Conn.) delivered a pass to Anderson, who deposited her fourth goal of the season inside the lower, left corner of the cage.
The Corsairs (10-8) moved into sole possesion of third place in the conference standings with a 7-3 mark, one game ahead of Western Connecticut State University (9-8, 6-4). The Panthers (11-3, 8-2) will enter the final week of the regular-season with a one-game lead over UMass Dartmouth for second place.
Plymouth State struck first in the 17th minute of play, when sophomore forward Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) finished a feed from senior forward Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.). The Panthers, holding a slim 9-8 advantage in shots, entered the halftime intermission leading 1-0.
The Corsairs wasted no time in leveling the match at 1-all. In the 42nd minute, sophomore forward Katelin Morrissey (Taunton, Mass.) redirected a pass from junior Jill Levrault (Somerset, Mass.) into the left corner of the net to earn her sixth tally of the season.
The momentum stayed with the hosts three minutes later when Levrault notched her 11th marker of the campaign, scoring an unassisted tally to give UMass Dartmouth its first lead of the contest.
Plymouth State would not go quietly, tying the match in the 49th minute on Wilder's second goal of the contest. Wilder caught a pass on the right side of the net that appeared to be out of her reach, but unleashed a diving attempt that beat the hosts' goaltender.
Neither team was able to solve the opposing backstop over the final 20 minutes of regulation. Sophomore Elizabeth St. Germaine (Wareham, Mass.) earned the victory with eight saves, while her counterpart, freshman Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.), reached double digits with 11 stops.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action at 4 p.m. on Oct. 29, when the Corsairs travel to Wellesley College.