Mazanec's overtime winner lifts field hockey over Franklin Pierce, 2-1

Mazanec's overtime winner lifts field hockey over Franklin Pierce, 2-1

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Senior Morgan Mazanec (Shelburne, Mass./Mohawk Trail Regional) scored 4:11 into overtime as the Saint Michael's College field hockey team beat Franklin Pierce University, 2-1, on Tuesday at Duffy Field in Northeast-10 Conference action. The Purple Knights improve to 4-4 overall and 1-3 in the league, while the Ravens are now to 5-4 and 1-3. Unranked by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll entering Tuesday, Franklin Pierce had spent the previous two weeks ranked 10th nationally.

In addition to Mazanec's goal, Saint Michael's first-year Maddy Dobecki (Scarborough, Maine/Scarborough) scored her first collegiate goal. Senior Megan Deschaine (Claremont, N.H./Stevens) had an assist and junior goalkeeper Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made 10 saves for the win.

Franklin Pierce senior Chelsey Burnell scored with an assist from sophomore Andrea Fahey. Sophomore Meaghan Williams turned in seven saves.

Early in the extra session, Mazanec's penalty corner entry to the top of the circle was struck from long range by Deschaine back to Mazanec, who tipped home the ball to the left side for the winning tally at 74:11. The marker was Mazanec's fourth overall of the season and second as a game winner.

Bowie collected eight of her 10 total saves during a busy first half. She stopped four shots in a 25-second span, beginning at 9:32. Bowie then came up again at 13:19 when she made a diving stop on senior Vanessa LeBlanc. Following a Mazanec penalty corner feed, Deschaine corralled the ball and ripped a shot in traffic that Williams stopped, but the rebound kicked to Dobecki, who punched in the score to the center of the net at 31:30 as the Purple Knights took a late 1-0 lead in the opening half.

The visitors came out in the second stanza with the equalizing marker at 39:46 after Fahey's cross in front of the goal mouth found Burnell, who was stuffed in the ball just inside the left post. Franklin Pierce had three of its next four shots miss target, with sophomore Carly Canavan testing Bowie once. Purple Knight junior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) then had her point-blank bid stopped by Williams at 62:22. Senior Mackenzie Hudson (Stoughton, Mass./Stoughton) was turned away one minute later on her strike the top of the circle and sophomore Jackie Matthews (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) was denied with three seconds remaining in regulation.

The Purple Knights now begin a three-game road schedule, starting with a 2 p.m. Saturday showdown at Bentley University.