Field Hockey defeated in Overtime 4-3 at Union

Stephanie Symecko

Schenectady, NY --- Senior forward Caroline Moran (Unionville, PA) scored three goals, including the game winner in overtime, to lift the Union College field hockey team to a 4-3 victory over WPI Saturday afternoon at Frank Bailey Field.

Moran's goal at 6:24 of overtime gave Union Head Coach Kelly Harchetts her first career victory. Moran took a lead pass from Allison Troy (Bradford, NH) and tucked in a shot inside the right post of a diving WPI goaltender to give the Dutchwomen (1-1) a win in their home opener. The Engineers are now 1-2 on the young season.

Union had a 29-18 shot advantage in the game, and also had 18 corners to WPI's 14. Beth Crowe (Winchester, MA) scored the other goal for the Dutchwomen while Stephanie Symecko (Cedar Knolls, NJ), Megan Read (Wrentham, MA) and Grace Davis (Sandwich, MA) scored for WPI.

Corey Hedges (Longmeadow, MA) made seven saves for Union in over 15 minutes of play while starter Molly McCune  (Arlington, MA) stopped four. Lauren Puishys (Oxford, MA) had three saves in over 29 minutes and Liz Dufresne (Worcester, MA) made six saves starting in the WPI net.  The Crimson and Gray defensive effort was bolstered by three defensive saves from senior back Madison Shugrue (Worcester, MA).

Symecko opened the scoring with an assist from Mercedes Kuzina (Concord, NH) with a tap in with 12:55 left in the first half. With 3:34 to play in the half, Crowe got a pass from Ali Flake (Vineyard Haven, MA) from five yards out and put it in the right corner, and the first half ended 1-1.

Read gave WPI the lead just 5:19 into the second with assists from Mary-Lee Barboza (Rochester, MA) and Maggie Wigley (Bridgewater, MA). Read shot it straight out in front after a pass from a corner. Moran then took over with the next two goals. With 57:09 to play she got Hannah Najar (Portsmouth, NH) pass off the corner and then with 49:56 to play in regulation, a give and go with Flake produced a 3-2 Union lead.

Davis tied it just 4:45 after Union had taken the lead. Symecko passed to Davis off a corner and the shot was deflected in off traffic in front.

Union is on the road for the next five games, returning to action at Drew on September 11 at 7 p.m. The next home game is September 26 vs. New Paltz at 4 p.m. WPI hosts Western New England on September 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Story Courtesy of Union Sports Information