South Hadley, Mass. - October 20, 2012 - Meghan McHugh scored 50 seconds into overtime to lift the Springfield College field hockey team to an important league win at Mount Holyoke on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Pride move to 7-8 on the season and are now 5-2 in conference play. The Lyons slip to 6-8 overall and are now 2-5 in the NEWMAC.
Trailing 2-0 after the first period of play, Mount Holyoke made it an exciting finish as sophomore midfielder Kirsten Kilburn tallied back-to-back goals in the final two minutes of regulation to send the game to overtime.
Kilburn slipped around a defender deep in the circle and sent a shot just under the goaltender to make it a 2-1 game at 68:46. The goal was set up by a nice back pass from senior Angelica Pascual, who had sent the ball in on a corner a few moments before.
The Lyons then tied the game at 2-all as Kilburn battled deep in the zone, firing a shot on net that was saved by defender MK Murray. The ball came loose to Kilburn, who reacted quickly for the shot into the open net with no time on the clock.
In overtime, the Pride gained control quickly and shifted action into their own end. McHugh navigated into the zone and sent a shot in from five-yards out that slipped past the reach of Mount Holyoke netminder Anne O’Byrne for the game-winner.
The Pride opened the game’s scoring at 7:18 of the first period as McHugh connected off a pass from junior Kelly Gallo into the left corner. Springfield then made it a 2-0 game at 29:05 as first year Libby Hart buried a feed from senior Jenn Califano past O’Byrne.
For the game, the Lyons held the advantage in shots, 19-17, while it was an even draw in penalty corners with 11 apiece. In goal, Springfield first year Timarie Villa posted 12 saves in victory, while O’Byrne made nine stops in the loss.
The Pride, who are fourth in the conference standings and have secured a berth in the tournament, head to Salem State on Thursday for a 6pm, non-league contest.