FH: Cougars Battle in 3-2 Overtime Setback to Lasell

Photo: Katie Morrison
Photo: Katie Morrison

NEWTON, Mass. – The Clark University field hockey team fell in a tightly-contested non-conference affair on Tuesday as Lasell scored the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime to take a 3-2 final at Grellier Field.

The Basics:

Score: Lasers 3, Cougars 2

Records: Clark University (7-5) | Lasell College (4-8)

How it Happened:

The teams battled closely from the start of the game en route to a scoreless opening period that saw the Cougars defense withstand two short-corner opportunities from the opposition. Lasell held a 4-2 lead in shots with neither goalkeeper needing to make a save in the first 15 minutes.

Clark's offense gathered momentum in the second period as Cheyanne Zappala (Laconia, N.H.) fired two attempts on net with Sofia Rodriguez halting both for the Lasers. With 43 seconds left in the half, Lasell struck for the game's first goal as Meghan Horrigan swiped the ball on the offensive side before passing ahead to Rebecca Duke for a 1-0 lead.

Lasell extended its advantage early in the third period on an unassisted goal by Sam Taylor, but Clark had a response less than a minute later as first-year Abigail Cravinho (Bellow Falls, VT.) notched her sixth goal of the season, collecting a loose ball after a short-corner to put the Cougars on the board in the 38th minute.

Clark put together its best effort while trailing 2-1 in the fourth period, logging five of its seven corner opportunities for the game during that time for the eventual game-tying push. With just 47 seconds left in regulation, Carden Maloney (Worcester, Mass.) leveled the score for her team as the senior rebounded her own attempt on net before maneuvering around a pair of defenders to score her tenth career goal on a backhanded shot.

Lasell recorded the game-winning goal in the 63rd minute as Kensie Lennon took the corner-entry pass from Taylor before snapping off a shot from atop the circle and through traffic for the 3-2 final.

Clark held a 14-12 advantage in shots throughout the contest while also maintaining a 7-5 margin in corners. 

Up Next:

The Cougars jump back into New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on October 12 when they travel to Babson for a 12:00 pm tilt.