FH: Wellesley Tops Clark in Overtime, 3-2

Photo: Frank Poulin
Photo: Frank Poulin

WORCESTER, Mass. – Clark University and Wellesley battled neck-and-neck through four periods on Saturday with the Blue edging the Cougars in overtime, 3-2, during the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Play for the Cure Day at Granger Field.

The Basics:

Score: Blue 3, Cougars 2 (OT)

Records: Clark University (7-4, 2-1 NEWMAC) | Wellesley College (6-4, 2-1 NEWMAC)

How It Happened:

Clark University needed just 2:30 on the clock to grab a lead as senior Carden Maloney (Worcester, Mass.) notched her seventh goal of the season on the corner feed of Emma Boland (Redding, Conn.), rifling her shot to the cage from atop the zone. The Cougars produced three more shots on net for the remainder of the period but were unable to put another attempt on frame.  

Wellesley came on strong in the second period as it scored twice to swing control to the side of the Blue, with both times coming off the stick of Hannah Maisano. In the 21st minute, Maisano collected a rebound off the right post following a short corner entry pass, converting the game-tying goal through a scrum in front of the net. Less than two minutes later, the senior did it again, this time snagging a loose ball off a deflected shot in front and sending it to the board for the 2-1 lead.

Clark had an answer just over four minutes later as the first-year tandem of Abigail Cravinho (Bellow Falls, VT.) and reigning NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Week Kerry Lefebvre (Freeport, ME.) leveled the score at two for the host. Cravinho's defense enabled the goal as she intercepted a pass on the offensive end before sliding a pass over to Lefebvre who finished off the up-close marker.

The NEWMAC foes matched one another throughout the second half with the Blue leading the shot total during that span by a 4-3 margin. Wellesley was able to carry momentum into the overtime session, needing only three minutes to pick up the victory as Carson Dennis lifted her shot to the top left corner of the net off a penalty chance for the 3-2 final.

Up Next:

The Cougars look to rebound on Tuesday, October 8 when they travel to Newton to take on Lasell College for a 3:30 pm tilt.