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FIELD HOCKEY OUTLASTS SACRED HEART, 5-4
Baltimore, MD—UMBC (6-10, 5-7 NEC) halted their winless streak at three as they edged out Sacred Heart (5-11, 5-5 NEC), 5-4, in an exciting match on Senior Day at the UMBC Stadium. Senior Lauren Olszewski (Baltimore, MD/Kenwood) scored the winning goal with just under four minutes left in the game to lead UMBC to a win in the final home game of the season.
Junior forward Julie Messenger (Hinsdale, NH/Hinsdale) scored all four Pioneer goals in a game that would feature three ties and four lead changes. Messenger’s first two goals came three minutes apart in the earlygoing, giving Sacred Heart a 2-0 advantage. However, a relentless UMBC team would not back down, scoring two of its own goals in the first half behind freshmen Katie Cutchall (Hustontown, PA/Forbes Road) and Sara Gray (Millersville, MD/Old Mill).
Cutchall’s goal came at 27:14 as the Pioneers played one man down due to a yellow card given to senior Angela Yuhas (East Lyme, CT/East Lyme).
In the second half, Sacred Heart reclaimed the lead as Messenger tipped in a centering pass from Yuhas at 40:01. This time, UMBC played one man down due to a yellow card issued to senior Wendy Ison (Pasadena, MD/Chesapeake).
Within ten minutes, the Retrievers would tie the game at three as Cutchall netted her second goal, unassisted. UMBC would then take the 4-3 lead after Ison blasted a direct shot past Pioneer goalkeeper Robyn Breer (Montpelier, VT/Montpelier) during a Retriever penalty corner. However, Messenger would tie the game again at four apiece on a penalty corner of their own at 64:50. Finally, with less than four minutes remaining in the match, Olszewski would break away, forcing Breer out of the goal, before spinning to the right and netting the winning goal.
For the game, UMBC outshot the Pioneers, 9-8, and posted more penalty corners, 10-8.
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SHU 2 2 4
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