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Field Hockey Defeats Worcester State, 3-2, in Season Opener on Penalty Strokes

Alexa Carlson Springfield/Worcester State Box Score

Springfield, Mass. -- September 4, 2010 -- Lynn Donoghue, Meagan Dobson, and Alexa Carlson fired in consecutive penalty strokes to lead the Springfield College field hockey team to a 3-2 victory over Worcester State in the opening game of the Dottie Zenaty Invitational this afternoon at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field on a bright sunshiny day. After the score was tied at 2-all at the end of regulation and two subsequent overtime sessions, SC made short work of the penalty stroke situation, firing home three quick strikes to win it.

In game #2 of the day, Southern Maine defeated Brockport, 2-0.

It was the season-opener for Springfield, which is now 1-0. Worcester State falls to 0-2.

Although Springfield led more often than it did not, it was a game where Worcester State was always within easy reach. And twice it knotted the score.

The Pride took a 1-0 lead at the half. Carlson, a junior forward, tallied for SC with 6:04 left in the first half, knocking it home off the goalie's pads. The goal went unassisted.

Worcester State finally tied it with 22:32 left in the second stanza when senior midfielder Karla Rotondi scored an an unassisted shot.

Just a little over three minutes later, SC freshman forward Kelly Gallo from nearby Westfield regained the lead for the Pride, after taking a feed from Donoghue, a junior defender. That made it 2-1, SC.

But with just under 10 minutes remaining (with 9:34 left), the Lancers tied it once again, this time on a goal by junior Sam Janda. Her goal was assisted by sophomore midfielder Ally Valencia.

Following two 15-minute sudden death overtime periods, the teams lined up for the penalty strokes. Each team was scheduled to take five shots on an alternating basis, but the format never made it that far.

Three Worcester State misses, including two that were blocked by SC junior goalkeeper Allison McCarthy, were quickly followed by three solid goals by the Pride. Donoghue rang home the first, followed by a goal by Dobson, the senior forward and captain. It then all ended when Carlson beat the Lancer goalie.

McCarthy was credited with nine saves, including five in the overtimes. WSC goalie, junior Kat Masterjohn, made 10 saves, inckuding four in the ot's.

In the second game today, Southern Maine defeated Brockport, 2-0.

Springfield will next take on the winner of game #2 -- Southern Maine -- in the championship game Sunday at 1 pm. Worcester State will play Brockport Sunday at 11 am in the consolation.

Game #2 -- Southern Maine 2, Brockport 0
Southern Maine/Brockport Box Score

In the second game of the day, Southern Maine scored two early goals and made them stand up as the Huskies defeated the College at Brockport, 2-0.

As a result, Southern Maine, now 1-0, will play Springfield College in the championship game Sunday at 1 pm at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field. Brockport, now 0-1, will take on Worcester State in the consolation match at 11 am.

The goals came early for the Huskies. Just one minute and 35 seconds into the game, junior forward Whitney McDaniel scored, with the assist coming from sophomore forward Kailey Bubier.

Then just 5:25 into the game, the Huskies tallied again with Bubier this time doing the honors. That goal was assisted by McDaniel and by junior forward Sharaya Linscott. For the next 65 minutes, the game remained scoreless.

Senior goalkeeper Rachel Lolley received credit for seven saves and the shutout for Southern Maine. For Brockport, sophomore Kasey Schreiner allowed two goals, but also was credited with seven saves. Southern outshot the Golden Eagles, 9-7.

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