STANDISH, Maine – Trailing 1-0 since the first quarter, University of Southern Maine sophomore Samantha Ellis (New Vineyard, Maine/Mt. Blue) scored a fourth-quarter equalizer to force overtime action, but the Huskies ultimately fell 2-1 in overtime on the road at St. Joseph's (Maine) College Wednesday night at SJC Athletic Complex in a non-conference field hockey game.
Playing in its second consecutive overtime game, Southern Maine falls to 2-3 with the loss. Bouncing back from its first loss of the season, 1-0 to No. 14 Babson, St. Joseph's improves to 4-1.
SJC's Alexa Gutowski put the Monks up 1-0 late in the first quarter scoring in the 10th minute on an assist from Logan Champlin. With offensive chances at a premium, SJC's lead held through the third quarter. Ellis quickly erased the Huskies' deficit in the fourth, however, scoring just 45 seconds into the frame using her speed to net an unassisted goal for her fourth goal of the season. Ellis has scored a goal in each of the Huskies' last four games.
In overtime, USM outshot the Monks narrowly 3-2, but SJC's Olivia Esposito's shot in the 66th minute was the difference registering the golden goal for the win.
For the game, SJC outshot USM 8-6, and held a large 10-3 advantage in penalty corners, 10-3. USM sophomore Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) made three saves in the loss. SJC's Alexandrai Simpson made a pair of saves.
Southern Maine hosts Thomas College on Sunday (3:00 pm) in its next contest.