WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) laid out for a diving deflection three minutes into the overtime period to redirect a free hit from classmate Abigail Staples (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) to lift the University of Southern Maine to a 2-1 overtime win over the Worcester State Lancers in a Little East Conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Coughlin Field.
With the win, Southern Maine improves to 5-4 overall and 3-1 in the Little East Conference. Worcester State drops its second straight game to dip to 4-5 overall and 3-2 in the conference.
Worcester State struck early in the contest taking a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute. Junior Sophia Monopoli (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) notched her third goal of the season off of an assist from senior Jess Wilding (Somerset, Mass.). Outshooting Southern Maine 8-4 in the first half, WSU looked on its way to taking a one-goal lead into the break, but Husky freshman Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) knocked in her fourth goal of the season on a pass from Redman with less than 90 seconds to play before intermission.
Worcester State dominated the second-half of play outshooting the Huskies 9-0, while holding a 7-2 lead in penalty corners, but Southern Maine freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) was up to the take making five of her career-best 11 saves in the final 35 of regulation forcing overtime. In the overtime period, USM tallied the only shot of the extra frame. Ellis carried the ball from midfield to the far side before drawing a foul. Staples took the free hit from outside of the circle and Redman sacrificed her body to get her stick on the ball, deflecting it high and to the far post for the game-winner.
Pych's 11 saves helped her to her third win of the season. Worcester State goalkeeper freshman Jess Hopkins (Chelmsford, Mass.) made two saves in the loss. WSU finished the game with a 17-5 advantage in shots and an eight to five lead in penalty corners.
Southern Maine remains on the road and faces Fitchburg State in a Little East Conference game on Wednesday (7:00 p.m.).