October 18, 2011

Hounds Come Up Just Short in 4-3 Loss to SCSU

Worcester, Mass. (October 18) -- On Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action, the Assumption field hockey team jumped out to a 1-0 halftime lead before visiting Southern Connecticut rallied for a 4-3 win at the Multi-Sport Stadium. The win gives the Owls a sweep of the Greyhounds in 2011 as Southern Connecticut took the season opener from Assumption by a 2-1 final in double overtime.

The Hounds got on the board with 20:19 left in the first half as freshman Paige Anderson (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) beat one Owl defender in front of the net and poked the ball past SCSU goalie Robin Donaldson (Canton, Conn./Canton) for her second goal of the year and the 1-0 lead that carried into halftime.

Southern Connecticut tied the game less than two minutes into the second half though on the 10th goal of the year from Erica Fisher (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Putnam Valley) and took the lead on the fifth goal of the season by Laurie Cockerline (Lopatcong, N.J./Phillipsburg) just one minute later. That goal was assisted on by Fisher.

The Hounds answered right back though a junior Britt Allen (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) knocked in a rebound off an initial shot from Anderson to tie the game again at 2-2. The tie didn't last long however as SCSU's Sarah Cebry (Burlington, Conn./Lewis Mills) took the ball from the corner and along the end line before beating Greyhound goalie Heather Philbrick (Kennebunkport, Maine/Kennebunk) for her eighth goal of the year. Fisher added another goal with just under six minutes remaining off a pass from Cebry to push the lead to 4-2 on her 11th goal of the year.

Allen got the Hounds back to within one goal at 4-3 with 41.7 seconds left off a pass from Anderson, but it was not enough as Assumption dropped the one-goal final.

Philbrick made eight saves in the loss, while Donaldson turned aside six shots in the victory.

With the loss, the Greyhounds fall to 1-12 overall and 1-8 in Northeast-10 play, while the Owls improve to 5-11 on the season and 2-6 in the league. Assumption ends its home schedule on Thursday evening as the Greyhounds host No. 5 ranked UMass Lowell for a 7 p.m. start. The game is also Senior Night, where seniors Catie Lopes (Needham, Mass./Needham), Hannah Sherrill (Holden, Mass./Notre Dame) and Amanda Whaley (North Kingstown, R.I./North Kingstown) will be honored prior to the start of the game.