|University of Southern Maine||Westfield State University|
WESTFIELD, Mass. – Senior Megan Evans (Enfield, Conn.) scored an unassisted goal as time expired to lift the Westfield State University Owls to a 2-1 win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a Little East Conference field hockey game Friday night at Alumni Field.
With the win, Westfield State remains undefeated in LEC play at 4-0, and is 4-4 overall. The loss snaps a two-game win streak for the Huskies who are now 3- 5 overall and 2-2 in Little East Conference action.
In a tale of two halves, Southern Maine outshot the Owls -0 in the opening stanza and went up 1-0 in the 23rd minute on freshman Kaylee Leclerc’s (Jay, Maine/Spruce Mountain) first goal of her collegiate career. Leclerc was in the right place at the right time to collect the rebound off of a save from classmate Olivia Brown’s (Palmyra, Maine/Nokomis) initial shot. USM went into the half time break up a goal, and with a 6-0 margin in shots and a 2-1 lead in penalty corners.
In the second half, Westfield State found its offensive rhythm outshooting USM 13-1, and grabbing an 11-1 advantage in second half penalty corners. Despite the pressure, Westfield State did not notch the equalizing goal until the 63rd minute, as freshman goalkeeper McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) turned in a strong performance for the Huskies. The Owls finally pulled even with the Huskies on an unassisted goal from senior Rachel Bunce (East Dennis, Mass.). With regulation running down, Westfield State earned its final penalty corner of the game with eight seconds to play and Evans was able to collect the ball for the game-winner before the game went into overtime.
Cormier finished with four saves for the Huskies. Westfield State’s freshman Molly Duff-Still (Hatchville, mass.) made three saves in the win.
Southern Maine travels to Plymouth State on Wednesday (7:00 pm) Little East Conference game.