Sept. 8, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's field hockey team fell, in overtime, to visiting Clark, 3-2, in a non-conference match at Cressy Field Thursday evening.
With 1:22 remaining in the first overtime period, Cougars junior forward Mel Melkonian (Worcester, MA/St. Peter Marian HS) gathered a loose ball and snuck a shot past Corsairs sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Gallo(East Greenwich, RI/East Greenwich HS), to win the game for Clark. Melkonian's two goals in the match enabled her to become Clark's all-time leader with 56 goals.
The Corsairs struck first when sophomore forward Kayla Ribsam (Lambertville, NJ/South Hunterdon Regional HS) received a pass from freshman midfielder Aubrie Brault(New Bedford, MA/New Bedford HS) and fired a shot into the back of the net, giving UMD a 1-0 lead with 33:26 to play in the first half. Clark answered back less than a minute later when junior forward Madeleine Lutts (Salem, MA/Salem HS) evened the score at 1-1 with 32:27 on the clock. The Cougars pushed their lead to 2-1 with 24:06 left in the first quarter when Melkonian netted her first goal of the game off a pass from Lutts. The score remained 2-1 going into the second half of play.
Sophomore forward Eleanor Taylor(Fairhaven, MA/Bishop Stang HS) pulled the Corsairs back to a 2-2 tie with 17:17 left in the second half. Ribsam fed a pass through two defenders up field to Taylor, who beat the final defender and blistered a shot past Cougars senior goalie Kate McGrath (Wilmington, MA/Wilmington HS).
"There are a lot of lessons we'll take from this one," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Nicole Castonguay. "One of the toughest places to be is coming off a championship season. We have a lot of newcomers who are learning the game. We were outplayed tonight based on heart, not talent. Aubrie [Brault] was phenomenal in the backfield as a freshman, Kelsey [Gallo] played a great game, and it's good to have junior Taryn Cardiel(Moorpark, CA/Moorpark HS) back at sweeper. We are over thinking some things offensively and that's what we'll be working on this week. "
Clark out shot UMass Dartmouth, 19-14. Gallo made 11 saves for UMD, while McGrath stopped five shots for Clark.
The Corsairs dropped to 0-2 with the loss, while the Cougars improved to 2-1 with the victory. UMass Dartmouth will return to action when they host Westfield State Saturday. Clark will host Becker Saturday.
UMASS DARTMOUTH FIELD HOCKEY