Springfield, Mass. – September 12, 2012 - The Springfield College field hockey team surrendered a goal with just 35 seconds left in regulation as it lost a heartbreaking 4-3 decision to visiting Connecticut College in non-conference play on Wednesday evening.
The Camels improved to 2-0 with the victory, while the Pride dropped its second-straight contest to fall to 2-2.
Springfield opened up the scoring at the 9:48 mark of the first half. Following its third penalty corner of the opening minutes, Gallo sent a screaming pass across the circle to a wide open Tina DeGirolamo. The sophomore defender made no mistake, slotting home a shot into the left corner to for the game's first goal.
Just 2:01 later, Springfield struck in similar fashion, this time with Katie Gill on the end of a terrific centering pass. Meghan McHugh was credited with the assist as she was able to deliver a tough inside look to Gill.
The Camels answered back with a goal of their own with just 3:05 left in the half. After Timarie Villa made a great stop on the doorstep on Shaelin Gottlick, Brittany Fitzgerald collected the rebound and jammed home the visitors first marker.
Just 4:36 into the second half, Connecticut College tied the game at two goals apiece. Kat Barker flicked a pass behind her to Jennifer Morgan, who slapped home a backhanded shot as the visitors continued to build momentum.
At the 44:41 mark, Jillian Dahrooge cleaned up things in front to put the Camels up front for the first time in the evening. Laura Sanderson’s initial bid was blocked, only to have Dahrooge beat Villa for the visitors third goal of the night.
With 17:35 left in regulation, Gallo came up big the Pride to tie the game. A scramble ensued in front of the cage after a penalty corner, only to have Gallo poke home a goal in traffic.
The game seemed headed for extra time before Heidi Halsted's heroics. Halsted took the final penalty corner of the night and stationed herself in front of the cage as Fitzgerald let loose a blast from the top of the circle. Halsted was able to get her stick on the bid and redirect a shot past Villa for the game winner with just 35 seconds left.
For the game, Connecticut College held a slight 18-15 edge in shots and an 11-10 cushion in penalty corners. Villa posted eight stops in the loss, while Becca Napolitano needed to make nine saves to earn the win.
The Pride is back in action on Friday evening when it opens up New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at home against Clark.