GORHAM, Maine – Sophomore Ryley Newcomb scored with just 38 seconds left in overtime to lead the Husson University Eagles to a 3-2 overtime win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference field hockey game Saturday afternoon at Hannaford Field.
With the victory, Husson earns its first win of the season to improve to 1-2. The loss ends a two-game win-streak for the Huskies, who are now 2-2. The last two games between the schools have been decided in overtime. USM defeated Husson 4-3 in overtime in 2018.
Husson led the Huskies 2-0 headed into the fourth and final quarter taking a 1-0 lead on a career-first goal from Mallory Fairbanks in the 13th minute of the opening period. The Eagles doubled their advantage in the third on a 42nd minute tally from yet another freshman, Adelle Foss. USM senior Dorina Sirois cut the Husky deficit to a single goal midway through the fourth cleaning up a rebound in the 53rd minute for her second goal of the season. Minutes later, sophomore Husky Samantha Ellis cleaned up a loose ball in the circle to tie the score up at two in the 56th to help force the overtime period.
Both teams had multiple chances in the overtime period. Husson freshman goalkeeper Kimmie Goddard made a diving save in the 64th minute on a close-range attempt from Sirois. Husky sophomore Lindsay Pych also made a strong stick-side save on an attempt late in OT from Husson freshman Caroline Johnson.
Pych finished with five saves in the loss for Southern Maine. Goddard, who started the game but did not play the second half before reentering for OT, made four saves in 39:22 of action. Junior Andrea Shaggy recorded five stops and allowed two goals in 30 minutes of action.
After a quick turnaround for their previous two matchups, the Eagles will have a good long break to refresh their legs with a week off before hosting Wheaton College (Mass.) next Saturday, September 14th for an 11:00 a.m. start.