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FIELD HOCKEY LOSES ANOTHER HEARTBREAKER, DROPS 3-2 DECISION TO SIENA IN OVERTIME
The Retriever field hockey team fell to 1-11 on the season as they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Siena Saints (3-9). It was UMBC's second overtime loss in two days.
Siena senior Lacee Iselo recorded two goals on the afternoon, including the game-winner to lead the Saints to their third victory on the season.
The deciding goal game off a Kathleen Brennan feed just under six minutes into the overtime session. Iselo took the pass just inside the circle and maneuvered to within 10-feet from the cage where she fired a shot that squeezed its way through the pads of UMBC's Meghan Polek. The ball tricked toward the cage where it reluctantly arrived a few perilous seconds later.
Katie Cutchall started the scoring for the retrievers 26 minutes into the first half. Cutchall scored off the rebound to give UMBC the early lead. Iselo then tied the score thanks to a brilliant pass from the left wing by teammate Kate Karoglanian. Iselo stuck her stick in the path of the hotly struck ball, deflecting it past Polek to tie the score.
The score remained knotted entering the intermission and after more even competition, the Retrievers struck again. Caitlin Caldwell finished an Amanda Heinz pass after some crafty passing inside the circle to give UMBC a 2-1. The lead lasted for just over a minute as Amanda Fronhofer found Ashley Smaldon for the equalizer. Smaldon worked her way to an empty cage following some nifty stick work to beat Polek and tie the score. The 2-2 tie stood up through the remainder of regulation, though each team had its opportunities.
Kristen Heyde stopped four of the Retrievers 11 shots on the afternoon, while Polek recorded eight stops as the Saints peppered the cage with 18 attempts. Siena also controlled a 13-11 advantage in penalty corners.