NEWTON, Mass. – Junior Sam Taylor (Hanover, Mass.) scored from a midfield fast break in the last minute of the game, securing Lasell College a 3-2 win against the University of Massachusetts Darmouth on Thursday in non-conference field hockey action at Griller Field.
The Lasers won their third straight game to advance their record 7-4, while the Corsairs fall 1-7 overall.
Junior Izzy Contois (Conway, Mass.) opened the scoring for Lasell at 13:13 in the first half with her second goal of the season, with an assist from senior Cailin Flannery (Medford, N.J.), knocking the ball in the bottom left corner. UMass answered four minutes later when junior Hailey Boucher scored an unassisted goal, her first of the season.
Flannery also assisted on Lasell's second goal when she sent the ball back into the arch after a rebound shot, assisting junior Mindy Esposito (Sunderland, Mass.), who tipped the ball in from the left post, giving Lasell a 2-1 lead at halftime.
Both teams fought back and forth in the second half, Lasell up 2-1 until last two minutes of the game. Taylor scored her eighth goal of the season with less than a minute remaining, giving her at least one goal in three straight games. UMass Dartmouth played out the rest of the clock during a corner penalty, as senior Mary Brown (Leicester, Mass.) got the cross pass from junior Bridget Harrington (Florence, Mass.) and edged the ball in, settling the final score, 3-2.
Lasell freshman goalie Sofia Rodriguez (Peabody, Mass.) held down the goal in the first half and made four saves. Freshman Makena Leazer (Nashua, N.H.) substituted in for the second half, also making four saves. Corsairs goalkeeper senior Allison Burke (Franklin, Mass.) made 11 saves.
The Lasers had a lead of 10-5 in penalty corners, while out-shooting Corsairs 16-6.
Lasell will be on the road for its next game against Roger Williams University on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. UMass Dartmouth will host Castleton University on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 12 p.m.
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