Sarah Ranieri rallies Greyhounds past Franklin Pierce, 3-2, in Coach Amanda Heryla's first gameAugust 31, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
WOMEN'S FIELD HOCKEY
Assumption 3, Franklin Pierce 2
WORCESTER, Mass. --- Senior forward SARAH RANIERI (Bellingham, MA/Bellingham) scored on a flurry in front of the net with 5:12 remaining as Assumption College opened its women's field hockey season on a high note with a 3-2 non-conference victory over Franklin Pierce University MONDAY night in the Multi-Sport Stadium.
With the victory first-year Coach AMANDA HERYLA was a winner in her first game as the Greyhound's mentor.
Franklin Pierce moved to a 2-1 lead before the Greyhounds rallied to win. They scored all three of their goals in the second half including two in the final 12:22.
The Ravens opened the scoring at 7:21 of the first half as sophomore midfielder KIMBERLY JAKSINA (Townsend, MA/North Middlesex) beat Hounds' junior goalkeeper DANIELLE LUONGO (Northboro, MA/Algonquin) with a low hard shot into the right corner. Jaksina led all players with five shots on goal. Sophomore forward DANIELLE DOLAN (West Brookfield, MA/Quaboag) assisted on the score.
The Greyhounds wasted little time in the second half scoring at the 1:04 mark as senior forward APRIL BRUNELLE (Ashland, MA/Ashland) blasted a shot past Franklin Pierce sophomore goalkeeper BRITTANY NYZIO (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro). Ranieri assisted on the goal.
Eight minutes later the Ravens took a 2-1 lead as freshman forward SUSAN CONROY (Walpole, MA/Walpole) forced the action and scored a nifty unassisted goal setting the stage for the Greyhounds late-game heroics. Junior forward ASHLEY MOIRANO (Vero Beach, FL/South Burlington) assisted on the play.
Senior back AMY LOONEY (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield) scored on a penalty stroke beating Nyzio to the far side with just under 13 minutes left to tie the game.
Ranieri scored the game-winner off a nice feed from junior forward ALEXI MAXFIELD (Warwick, RI/Pilgrim).
The Ravens outshot the Greyhounds, 12-7 and enjoyed a 12-7 advantage in penalty corners.
Luongo made four saves for the winners, while Nyzio made just one for the Ravens.
The Greyhounds host Adelphi University WEDNESDAY at 4 p.m., while Ravens have their home opener against Southern Connecticut at 7 p.m.