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UMass falls, 3-2 in 2OT, to St. Joe’s in A-10 Tournament field hockey final

  • UMass keeper Emily Hazard makes a diving pad save on a shot by Saint Joseph’s Anna Willocks (6) during the first half of the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, Saturday at Gladchuck Field. J. Anthony RobertS

  • Sarah Hawkshaw, right, of UMass, powers the ball toward the net past Saint Joseph’s Pepa Serrano during the first half of the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, Saturday at Gladchuck Field. J. Anthony Roberts

  • UMass’ Georgie McTear, center, sets up to fire a shot on goal as Saint Joseph’s Emily Henry defends during the first half of the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, Saturday at Gladchuck Field. J. Anthony Roberts

  • UMass’ Georgie McTear, left, powers the ball toward the net past Saint Joseph’s Anna Willocks during the first half of the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship, Saturday at Gladchuck Field. J. Anthony Roberts



For the Gazette
Sunday, November 05, 2017

AMHERST — Saint Joseph’s defeated UMass, 3-2, Saturday to win the Atlantic 10 Field Hockey Championship at the Gladchuk Complex.

St. Joe’s secured the double-overtime win thanks to a goal in the 95th minute from freshmen forward Emily Peters, who was named the tournament’s most outstanding player.

Jordan Olenginski and Emily Henry each scored goals midway through the second half to build a 2-0 lead for the Hawks, but UMass came back in the final two minutes of regulation.

The momentum seemed to flip once Lucy Cooper and Georgie McTear scored goals 1:12 apart to force overtime, but the Minutewomen’s tired legs caught up to them in the extra periods.

“We feel like our best field players could go up against any in the country. I think it was tough playing 70 minutes yesterday, and having our players in overtime today having played all game yesterday and all game today,” UMass coach Barb Weinberg said. “They had some seriously tired legs but they were gritting it out and were doing the best that they could.”

Both sides were held scoreless in the first half. St. Joe’s had a number of chances early on, but UMass goalie Emily Hazard (eight saves) and the defense held.

“(Hazard) made a lot of game-saving stops and kept us in it,” Weinberg said. “For much of the first half she was the reason the score was 0-0.”

After Henry scored to give St. Joe’s a 2-0 lead with 11 minutes remaining, Weinberg called a timeout to change tactics.

“We full on pressed them those last 10 minutes and risked giving up more goals in order to try and tie the score, and that’s exactly what we were able to do,” Weinberg said.

Weinberg credited her seniors for taking leadership when UMass was down 2-0 to the top-seeded Hawks.

“Even when we were down two with 10 minutes to go, we never had it in our minds that we were going to lose the game,” Hazard said. “I think it shows our heart and passion.”

Saint Joseph’s (18-3) earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. UMass (13-8) will learn at 10 p.m. Sunday if it earns an at-large bid.

“I think in terms of leaving it all out there, there’s not much more that I could’ve asked of them today,” Weinberg said. “In my coaching career, this was probably the grittiest, fearless game of hockey that I have ever coached.”