Worcester, Mass. – Hannah Maisano slipped in the game-winning goal less than four minutes into overtime and visiting Wellesley played spoiler on Senior Day for the Clark University field hockey program, besting the host Cougars 3-2 in New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference action on Saturday afternoon.
The game which was originally scheduled for 12:00 p.m., then moved to 11:00 a.m., then back to 2:00 p.m. following Friday night's torrential downpour in the Worcester area was the final home contest for four Clark University seniors – Julia Baud (Utrecht, Netherlands), Olivia Cotton (Northampton, Mass.), Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H.) and Alyssa Williams (New Sharon, Maine) as well as former teammate, turned team manager Izzy Zoeckler.
Score: Wellesley College 3, Clark University 2 (OT)
Records: Wellesley College 9-7 (5-3 NEWMAC); Clark University 5-12 (0-7 NEWMAC)
Location: Granger Turf Field, Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened:
Wellesley jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Arielle Mitropoulos (Cambridge, Mass.) banged home the rebound off of her own shot just 7:07 into the contest.
That lead doubled when reserve Haley Chrobock (Branchville, N.J.) sent a pass through traffic that found the stick of Rachel Hwang (Campbell, Calif.) for a 2-0 lead in the game's 20th minute.
Clark cut that lead in half when Liz Grady (Worcester, Mass.) got ahold of a loose ball out in front of the cage and blasted a shot past Lucy Hurlock six minutes into the second half.
The Cougars were back on the board again courtesy of a pair of seniors. Mackey took a feed off of a corner and sent it over to Williams, who fired from just inside the circle for her second career goal.
Over the final ten minutes of regulation, it seemed as if the Blue would go back ahead as they had nine penalty corners during that time frame but the Clark defense stood tall and held them off the board, forcing the extra session.
Early in overtime, the Scarlet and White actually looked like they might have a breakaway when a deflected pass deep in their own zone found its way to Olivia Barksdale (Fort Washington, Md.) at midfield. She was one-on-one with the lone defender and looked to have gotten around her when their feet got tangled and Barksdale went down and Wellesley took possession.
Moments later the Blue worked the ball down the right sideline and Hwang moved into the circle before finding Maisano for her third game-winning goal of the season.
Inside The Numbers:
Wellesley held a 15-6 edge in overall shots and a 15-3 advantage in penalty corners. Hurlock only needed to make one save to secure her seventh win of the season, while Dani Michaud (Providence, R.I.) turned aside eight for the Cougars.
Playing For A Reason:
With October serving as national breast cancer awareness month, today was the third annual Play4ACure contest. Both teams donned pink t-shirts in warmups and posed for a group picture beforehand. The game was started with a ceremonial pink ball which was taken out of play when it went out of bounds for the first time and even the ball chasers wore pink shirts underneath their bright green event vests.
Clark will play its final contest of the season next Saturday when they visit Smith College for a 3:00 p.m. start, while the Blue have completed the NEWMAC portion of their regular season schedule. They will step out of conference to face UMass-Dartmouth on Thursday.