Sunday, September 23, 2012

#21 UAlbany Defeats 25th-Ranked UMass, 3-2; McConville Records Hat Trick

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

AMHERST, MASS. -- Junior Corrine McConville recorded a hat trick to lead #21 UAlbany to a 3-2 win over 25th-ranked Massachusetts in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Garber Field.

UMass jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half with goals just under six minutes apart. Lindsay Bowman scored first for the Minutewomen, taking an assist from Alexis Sikalis at 16:54. Nicole Cordero doubled the score for UMass at 21:02, as Brooke Sabia passed the ball into the circle, where Cordero got her stick on it for the score. McConville got UAlbany on the board before the end of the first half, on a penalty corner in the 23rd minute.

UMass held onto the 2-1 lead for most of the second half, and it looked like the Minutewomen were going to hold on for the upset. McConville wasn't done, however, and scored her second penalty corner goal of the game, taking assists from Jessica Longstreth and Laura Page on the insert and stop in the 64th minute. As the game ticked towards the end of regulation, UAlbany had just one more shot.

With just 26 seconds left on the clock, the Great Danes got a call in their favor in the circle, leading to a penalty stroke opportunity for McConville. The junior defender flicked the ball past UMass goalkeeper Sam Carlino and gave UAlbany the victory.

UMass (4-6) held a slight 5-4 advantage in shots, while the Great Danes had a 4-3 advantage in penalty corners. Kristi Troch made four saves in the cage for UAlbany, while Carlino stopped two shots for the Minutewomen, both in complete-game efforts.

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