WATERVILLE, Maine -Sophomore Maddy Olsen scored the overtime game-winner on a woman-up advantage as Husson women's lacrosse (5-3, 1-0 NAC) defeated the University of Maine-Farmington (4-6, 0-2 NAC) by the final score of 12-11 in the Eagles' North Atlantic Conference opener on Saturday evening at Bernatchez Field on the campus of Thomas College (Maine).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
The first half was neck-and-neck as Husson outscored UMaine-Farmington, 7-6, in the 30 minutes of play. Both teams traded goals throughout the entire half besides back-to-back goals scored by Riana Winslow and Rose Davies to open up play for the Green and Gold. When the first half concluded, the Eagles had six different goal scorers heading into halftime including Mary Cushing who added her second goal of the game in the final second to give the Eagles a slight advantage.
The second half was no different as nine goals were scored in the half, finishing in a tie to push the match into extra minutes. The Beavers tied the game at eight early in the second frame, before the Eagles responded with goals by Cushing and Ashley Cummings to give Husson a 9-7 lead. Isabella Monbouquette responded for UMF with a natural hat trick to regain the lead at 10-9. Cushing followed up with her fourth goal of the afternoon to once again level the score at tens, but the Beavers once again retaliated. With just under six minutes left in regulation, Jordyn Labrie scored a woman-down goal to tie the game at 11-11 and force overtime. Monbouquette was awarded a yellow card right before time expired to hand the Eagles a woman-up advantage heading into overtime.
Husson took full advantage of their extra woman on the field in extra minutes. The Beavers won the draw control, but Rose Davies caused a turnover which resulted in a high shot by Winslow as UMF reclaimed the ball before turning it over once again to the Eagles for the last time. Cummings found Olsen in front of the net and she fired home the game-winner to give Husson their first conference win of the season, 12-11.
- Mallory Burchill had 10 saves in the win.
- Cushing continued her consistency in front of the net with four goals and an assist.
- Olsen added on two goals including the game-winner. She recovered five ground balls, won four draw controls and caused the Beavers to turn the ball over twice.
- Heather Boland posted six saves on 18 shots.
- Monbouquette put up a game-high five goals on seven shots and dished out two assists.
- Kaya Backman scored twice and assisted on a goal.
The Beavers were 1-for-4 on free position shots while the Eagles did not have a single attempt. The Beavers turned the ball over 28 times to the Eagles' 20 times.
The women's lacrosse team continues NAC action on Tuesday, April 9th as they host NVU-Lyndon for a 4 p.m. match at Boucher Field.