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Veazie's Overtime Goal Lifts SC Over Babson in NEWMAC Opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (September 23, 2006) – The Springfield College field hockey team defeated Babson College, 3-2 in overtime, this afternoon in an important New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference game at SC’s Benedum Field.

With the win, Springfield is now 6-1 overall, and 1-0 in NEWMAC play, while Babson falls to 4-5 overall, and 0-1 in league play. These two teams played for the NEWMAC championship a year ago, with Springfield defeating Babson for the title, also in overtime.

In today’s match, it was Babson that took a 1-0 lead just 15:06 into the contest. Junior midfielder Brittany Stevens (Dudley, Mass.) scored the unassisted goal.

Springfield sophomore forward Jane Kelleher (Chatham, Mass.) then tied it just over 7 minutes later (at 22:19 into the game). That goal was assisted by junior forward Brittany Veazie (Dexter, Maine). Kelleher is the reigning New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

The score was 1-1 at the intermission.

A little over 14 minutes into the second half, Kelleher struck again, the 9th goal in 7 games for SC’s leading scorer. Veazie again assisted.

But Babson had other ideas about going down quietly. With just 3:08 remaining in regulation play, freshman forward Kaitlyn Pettingill (Hopkinton, Mass.) tied matters at 2-all, forcing overtime.

The Pride came out strong in the first overtime, however, and Veazie tallied the game-winner just 1:30 into the extra session. That goal was also unassisted.

In the nets, SC junior goalkeeper Emma Kaplan (Ridgefield, N.J.) played the entire game and was credited with 2 saves and the win. For the Beavers, junior goalkeeper Soraya Gallegos (Houston, Tex.) was far busier, making 21 saves. SC outshot Babson, 24-5. The Pride had 11 penalty corners to Babson’s 2.

Springfield next plays at Williams on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6 pm. Babson will host WPI next Saturday, Sept. 30 at 1 pm.

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