|Worcester State University||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Olivia Antonelli’s (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) goal in the 40th minute proved decisive as the Worcester State University Lancers defeated the University of Southern Maine Huskies 1-0 in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
The win is the fourth in a row for the Lancers who improve to 13-3 overall and 10-1 in the Little East Conference. Southern Maine is now 5-13, and 4-7 in the LEC.
Outshooting the Huskies 20-3 in the game, Worcester State could not get the ball in the cage as USM freshman goalkeeper McKenzie Cormier (Hiram, Maine/Sacopee Valley) and the Huskies’ defense played strong throughout the contest. Cormier made eight saves in the first half as WSU had a 10-3 lead in shots, and a 7-2 advantage in penalty corners.
With the score stalled at 0-0, Antonelli notched her eighth goal of the season tipping in a loose ball in front of the cage for the game-winner. The Lancers pressured throughout searching for to add a goal to its lead, but USM’s defense and Cormier continued to play tough. Keeping a one-goal margin throughout, the Huskies had a few opportunities in its offensive third, but the Lancers did not allow its goalkeeper senior Ksathryn Salemme (Boxborough, Mass./Acton/Boxborough) to face a shot on net in the win. Cormier finished the game with 12 saves, while sophomore Makayla Garvin (Springvale, Maine/Sanford) came up with a defensive save.
Southern Maine plays its final game of the season on the road at St. Joseph’s College (Maine) on Monday (3:00 p.m.). Worcester State hosts Becker College on Thursday (7:00 p.m.).