BRIDGEWATER, Mass. –Bridgewater State University snapped the Lancers' seven-game winning streak and served the Blue and Gold their first loss of the season as the Bears rallied from a two-goal deficit and defeated Worcester State, 3-2, in a Little East Conference (LEC) match on Tuesday night.
October 10, 2017
Score: Bridgewater State 3, Worcester State 2
Records: Bridgewater State (4-7, 3-5 LEC) | Worcester State (9-3, 7-1 LEC)
Worcester jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a pair of first half goals from senior midfielder Jolane Thibault (Douglas, Mass.) and junior forward Michaila Parent (Westborough, Mass.). Parent's goal marked her team-leading 11th goal of the season.
Bridgewater senior midfielder Tori O'Dea (South Dennis, Mass.) cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 31st minute as she redirected a pass from junior midfielder Julianne Kilduff (Bellingham, Mass.) into the back of the net. Kilduff's pass came from outside the top of the circle.
The late first half goal proved to be key as the Bears carried the momentum into the second stanza.
Senior defender Janet Maher (Mansfield, Mass.) knotted the game up at 2-2 as she scored off a penalty corner in the 56th minute. Junior midfielder Samantha Hayes (Norwood, Mass.) set up Maher's goal as she received the corner hit from junior midfielder Kathryn Jacobson (Norfolk, Mass.).
Just 59 seconds later, junior forward Alexandra Zoebisch (Plymouth, Mass.) capped off the comeback with her fourth goal of the season. O'Dea sent a long ball towards the net from outside the circle. The Worcester keeper kicked it away to the right side of the net, but Zoebisch jumped on the loose ball and fired a shot inside the far post.
CRUNCH THE NUMBERS
- Bridgewater finished with a 22-16 shot advantage as well as a 14-8 edge in penalty corner attempts.
- Sophomore goalkeeper Jillian Delaney (Foxboro, Mass.) made five saves to post her first career win for the Bears. Moments before Maher's game-tying goal, Delaney made three saves in a span of ten seconds to keep it a one-goal deficit.
- Senior netminder Kathryn Salemme (Boxborough, Mass.) turned aside six shots in the setback for the Lancers.
The field hockey team takes on cross-town foe, Clark University, on Thursday (Oct. 12) in a 6 p.m. game on the campus of Clark University.
Release Courtesy of Bridgewater State Sports Information