GORHAM, Maine – Senior Dorina Sirois (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy) got just enough of her stick on the ball to redirect a pass from senior Lili Kien (Westbrook, Maine) just 34 seconds into the second overtime period to lift the University of Southern Maine Huskies to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors in a Little East Conference field hockey game Friday night at Hannaford Field.
The loss drops Eastern Connecticut to a record of 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the Little East. The Warriors, who have played four of their six games on the road to start 2019, are winless away from home. Southern Maine snaps a four-game slide and improves to 3-5 overall and 1-0 in the conference.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
After nearly three quarters of scoreless action, Eastern Connecticut grabbed a 1-0 lead as sophomore Brianna Nolan (Watertown, Conn.) flicked on a goal in the 44th minute. Nolan's second goal of the season came after a lead pass from the top of the circle from sophomore Bryce Makula (Guildford, Conn.).
Despite being outshot 7-4 through three quarters, the Warriors remained in front of the Huskies until late in the fourth. Husky senior Maggie Redman (Alfred, Maine/Massabesic) took a centering pass from Sirois and hit it to the near post for the equalizer in the 56th minute. Sirois carried the ball down the left side of the field before finding Redman in the center of the circle.
Tied 1-1 at the end of regulation and forced into overtime, USM outshot ECSU 4-0 in the first extra frame, but Warrior goalkeeper Keira Integlia (Branford, Conn.) made a pair of outstanding saves, including a kick save as time wound down to force another overtime period.
USM wasted little time in the second overtime pressuring immediately. Kien collected a cleared and pushed a pass ahead into the circle, finding an outstretched Sirois for the win.
Integlia was outstanding in net for the Warriors making eight saves, including five in the overtime frames. Southern Maine sophomore Lindsay Pych (West Milford, N.J./Morristown-Beard) earned the win making one save.
INSIDE THE STATS:
Sirois' goal is her third of the season and first-game winner of 2019. It is the fourth game-winner of her career.
Redman's goal is also her third of the season, and marks the 11th of her career.
USM outshot the Warriors 16-5, and 5-1 in the overtime periods. The Huskies also had a 10-7 advantage in penalty corners.
Southern Maine hosts Plymouth State University on Wednesday (7:00 pm) under the lights at Hannaford Field. .