Fitchburg State's Overtime Goal Knocks Off Field Hockey, 3-2

Fitchburg State's Overtime Goal Knocks Off Field Hockey, 3-2

FITCHBURG, Mass. – A little over a minute into overtime, Falcon sophomore Molly Richard (Leominster, Mass.) found the back of the cage to lift Fitchburg State a 3-2 victory over the visiting UMass Dartmouth Corsairs in Little East Conference action on Saturday afternoon.

The Basics

Score: Fitchburg State 3, UMass Dartmouth 2
Fitchburg St. (4-1) (2-1 LEC)| UMass Dartmouth (2-4) (1-2 LEC) 

How it Happened

The Falcons struck first when senior Erin Morrissey (Hubbardston, Mass.) found the net at 14:32. The Falcons would extend their lead to 2-0 when junior Casey Noonan (Feeding Hills, Mass.) scored on the pass from senior Madeline Hoffman (Mansfield, Mass.) early in the second stanza. 

UMass Dartmouth then bounced back in the remainder of regulation to eliminate the lead. Freshman Elliana Stormwind (Littleton, Mass.) potted her first collegiate goal at 50:23 marker on a rebound, and junior Erin Kish (Littleton, Mass.) tied the game for the Corsairs, ripping a shot from the top of the penalty circle with under six minutes remaining. 

In the overtime period, Richards collected the loose ball and flew down the field, launching a shot into the lower left corner of the cage to seal the victory for Fitchburg State. 

Inside the Numbers

  • Senior Sam Brun (Dighton, Mass.) took her first loss of the year, despite making six saves on the afternoon.
  • Sophomore Brittany Linane (Portsmouth, N.H.) captured the victory for the Falcons, making nine saves.
  • The Corsairs barely outshot Fitchburg 14-13, and both sides accumulated 10 penalty corners.  
  •  With the win, Fitchburg State snaps a seven game losing streak to the Corsairs. The last Falcon victory over UMass Dartmouth occurred on Oct. 1st, 2008, when they prevailed in a 1-0 decision.

Up Next

The Corsairs will look to right the ship as they welcome Worcester State for a 2015 Little East Conference Quarterfinals rematch on Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m.