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STANDISH, Maine – Senior Hayley Winslow (Falmouth, Maine) punched home a penalty-stroke goal 9:29 into the second overtime period to propel Saint Joseph's College (5-3) past UMaine-Farmington (3-5), 2-1, in a non-conference field hockey contest at the SJC Athletics Complex on Tuesday evening.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
As the 1-1 stalemate implies, the in-state rivals played very evenly during the 70 minutes of regulation, but the Monks seemed to control the pace in extra play as evidenced by a 7-2 shots advantage. The efforts finally paid off at the 94:29 mark when a shot by junior Samantha Silva (Laconia, N.H.) became lodged under Beavers senior keeper Alyssa Arsenault (Winthrop, Maine), a play resulting in a foul inside the circle. Winslow stepped up to attempt the penalty stroke and lifted a shot to the top right corner, just beyond Arsenault's reach, to clinch the victory.
In regulation, Saint Joseph's found the scoreboard at the 15:50 mark when junior Kayla Kelly (York, Maine) slammed in a loose ball following a scrum in front of the net. Senior Elyse Caiazzo (Scarborough, Maine/Cheverus) was credited with an assist on the play.
UMaine-Farmington managed to tie the contest between the two 2016 NCAA Tournament qualifiers in the 51st minute when senior Sarita Crandall (Farmington, Maine) scored off a penalty corner.
Saint Joseph's junior netminder Megan Baker (Gorham, Maine) made six saves, including a couple of diving stops in overtime, while Arsenault notched seven saves in a losing effort.
Both goalies received help from their defenders, as the Beavers made four defensive stops – two apiece by Torrie Nightingale (Bangor, Maine) and Andrea Stemm (Gorham, Maine) – and the Monks posted a pair of defensive saves with Winslow and Meghan Burke (Falmouth, Mass.) each making a stop.
Saint Joseph's held slim advantages in shots (15-10), shots on goal (13-9), and penalty corners (11-10) on the evening.
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 13-21 in the history of the series with UMaine-Farmington and has now defeated the Beavers in five-consecutive meetings dating back to the 2013 campaign. Including tonight's result, two or fewer scores have decided each of the last 12 contests between the rivals.
Saint Joseph's resumes play Saturday with a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) home game versus Johnson & Wales University at 11:00 AM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.