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Field Hockey: Warriors Push USM to Brink, but Huskies Force OT in Final Minutes and Win Little East Match in Sudden Death

Field Hockey: Warriors Push USM to Brink, but Huskies Force OT in Final Minutes and Win Little East  Match in Sudden Death

GORHAM, Maine – University of Southern Maine senior Maggie Redman forced overtime with the tying goal with 4:41 left in regulation and senior Dorina Sirois won it 10:33 into overtime in the Huskies' 2-1 double-overtime field hockey win over Eastern Connecticut State University in a  Little East Conference match Friday evening at Hannaford Field.

Following a scoreless first half with featured only eight shots by both teams, sophomore Brianna Nolan (Watertown) gave Eastern (1-5, 1-1 LEC) the lead for the second time in as many LEC matches this year with 1:07 left in the third quarter, but Southern Maine (3-5) gained the equalizer in the final five minutes of regulation, and Sirois's re-direct on a shot by senior Lili Kien 33 second into the second ten-minute overtime helped the Huskies snap a four-game losing streak and win their LEC opener. USM had lost both of its previous overtime decisions this year.

Averaging over 15 saves a match heading into play, Eastern sophomore goalie Keira Integlia (Branford) had a relatively uneventful evening, making eight saves – her lowest total in a loss this year. The only goalie to see action this year, sophomore  Lindsay Pych was called upon for only one save in the win as the hosts outshot the Warriors, 16-5 and held a slim 10-7 edge in penalty corners.

Nolan's second goal of the season on a deflection of a shot by sophomore Bryce Makula (Guilford) ended 44 scoreless minutes and lift the Warriors into the lead for only the second time this year. It marked Makula's first career point.

It was the fourth straight win in the series over Eastern for USM, ranked fourth in the LEC coaches' pre-season poll. In their last seven wins over Eastern, the Huskies have emerged with one-goal victories six times. It was only the second overtime match between the clubs in the 23-year history of the series.

Eastern drops to 0-4 on the road this year while USM was playing its seventh home game in eight contests.

Eastern continues conference play Wednesday at 4 p.m. at Framingham State University.