BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth field hockey team lost, 2-1, in a stroke-off to Bridgewater State University on Saturday afternoon at Swenson Field.
The loss drops UMass Dartmouth to 12-5 on the year, while Bridgewater State moves to 12-2. Both teams are now 7-1 in Little East Conference (LEC) play and are now in a three-way tie with Plymouth State for second place.
With 1:16 remaining on the clock, Bear's forward Kelsey Kiely (Mansfield, Mass.) found teammate Jennifer Arnold (West Yarmouth, Mass.) for the equalizer, tying the game at 1-1.
Following the last minute goal and two overtime periods, UMass Dartmouth and Bridgewater State battled in a stroke-off. Jaclyn Holahan (South Yarmouth, Mass.) and Demi Miskiv (Centerville, Mass.) converted on the Bear's first two stroke-off attempts, propelling them to a 2-0 advantage. UMass Dartmouth failed to even the score in their following three attempts, as they were shutout by Bridgewater State's goalkeeper Kacie Sturgeon (Dartmouth, Mass.).
The game was scoreless throughout the first period and partially into the second, until senior Devon Herlihy (Exeter, N.H.) lit up the scoreboard for the Corsair's only goal of the contest. The mark was in the 52nd minute and the assist on the play was awarded to classmate Tori Dolce (Jamestown, R.I.).
UMass Dartmouth keeper Lauren O'Brien (Rochester, Mass.) stopped six shots and fell to 10-5 on the year, while Sturgeon stopped 12 shots en route to her 12th win of the season.