FITCHBURG, Mass. – Senior Molly Richard (Leominster, Mass./Saint Bernard's) scored the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute and the Fitchburg State University Falcons were able to hold off the University of Southern Maine Huskies in the closing minutes of regulation to earn a 2-1 win in Little East Conference field hockey action Wednesday night at Eliot Field.
With the win, Fitchburg State improves to 6-4 overall and 3-2 in the Little East Conference. The Huskies are now 5-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
After a scoreless first half, both teams were able to generate offense in the second half. Richard's ninth goal of the season proved to be the game-winning as she converted an assist from junior Aislinn DeHorsey (Leominster, Mass.) to break open a 1-1 game. The Huskies scored first in the game taking a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the second half when senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) redirected a pass from junior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) for her third goal of the season. USM's one-goal lead lasted just over six minutes when DeHorsey scored the equalizer in the 45th minute.
Southern Maine freshman goalkeeper Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made three saves in the loss. Fitchburg State freshman Abby Bryant (Ware, Mass./Quabbin Regional) also made three saves to earn the win. The Huskies held a 9-7 lead in shots, and an 11-2 advantage in penalty corners for the game.
Southern Maine returns to action and Hannaford Field on Saturday (11:00 a.m.), hosting Western Connecticut State University in a Little East Conference match up. The game will be the Huskies' Breast Cancer Awareness game, and fans are encouraged to "Think Pink," and wear pink in solidarity. Huskies' field hockey will be selling pink t-shirts, hats and ribbons and funds will be donated to cancer research.