BANGOR, Maine – Taking the Eagles (2-11, 1-2 NAC) into extra minutes, the University of Southern Maine (10-7, 7-3 LEC) battled back from a one-goal deficit twice to catch up from behind as both teams concluded regulation time tied 3-3. Just 3:33 into overtime, Brooke Dugan put an end to the match lifting the Huskies over the Eagles, 4-3, on Monday evening at Dr. John W. Winkin Sports Complex.
Kicking off the night, the dynamic duo of Sadie Royer and Arika Brochu were on fire scoring all three goals for the Eagles. Royer found Brochu on Husson's third penalty corner of the match, striking the ball all the way home to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage 14 minutes into the opening frame.
Bouncing back fast, the Huskies captured the 2-1 lead with back-to-back goals scored by Samantha Ellis and Abbie Staples with an assist given to Dorina Sirois on their first goal.
The Eagles responded with a pair of goals of their own to reclaim a 3-2 lead with a goal by Royer in the final minute of the first half off a quick give-and-go. Royer pushed a penalty corner out to Brochu patiently waiting at the top of the arc, who quickly one-timed the ball back to Royer with a perfect angle for a shot sneaking it the ball past Lindsay Pych in net. The unstoppable pair struck again five minutes later on a speedy counterattack breaking through the defense outnumbering McKenzie Cormier in net for the Huskies after taking over in between the posts in the second half.
Barely two minutes later, Dugan tied the match at threes with 27 minutes remaining in regulation. Despite multiple scoring opportunities for both teams, the match finished out in a tie. Two minutes into overtime, Andrea Shaggy kept the Eagles alive stopping two shots one after another, diving with stick outstretched to stop the second one. Unfortunately, Southern Maine overpowered Husson to take the win with Dugan's second goal of the night.
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Shaggy recorded nine saves by the end of night while Pitch gave up two goals with three saves in the first 35 minutes and her teammate Cormier finished out the match with five saves.
Southern Maine barely outshot the Eagles, 20-15, and had an advantage on the attack, 9-7, in penalty corners.
Husson field hockey is set to close out the regular season on the road at UMaine-Farmington for a conference match on Thursday, October 25th at 3:00 p.m.