DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Freshman Mallory Weir (Bear, Del.) netted a pair of tallies, including the golden goal 8:09 into overtime, to lead Framingham State to a 3-2 Little East Conference field hockey victory over UMass Dartmouth Friday afternoon at Cressy Field.
The visiting Rams, who end the season at 5-13 overall and 3-9 in Little East play, overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit when Weir evened matters with 4:18 remaining in the third quarter on a feed from sophomore Jordyn O’Boyle (Bradford, Mass.). Framingham State grabbed a 2-1 lead 5:07 into the fourth frame when junior Maddy Pimental (Dartmouth, Mass.) deflected in a Weir pass from the left side of the cage, but the host Corsairs (7-11, 5-7 LEC) forced the extra session with 3:51 remaining in regulation after sophomore Kylie Dias (Fall River, Mass.) converted a breakaway feed from fellow sophomore Lydia Stormwind (Littleton, Mass.) for that combination’s second score of the afternoon.
Each team had chances early in the overtime period but were denied on breakaways, and a defensive save by Rams’ sophomore Sacha Bonilla-Mena (Littleton, Mass.) kept the contest deadlocked until Weir took a deflection in front of the cage to net Framingham State’s game-winner.
Sophomore Grace Pushor (Old Town, Maine) picked up her fifth victory of the season with a six-save effort in goal for the Rams, while junior Katelyn Banalewicz (Fall River, Mass.) made eight stops in the setback for UMass Dartmouth. Dias scored her first goal of the day on a give-and-go with Stormwind 6:14 into the second quarter for the Corsairs, who will be either the seventh or eighth seed in next week’s Little East Championships that begin with quarterfinal round play Tuesday.
Framingham State held a 16-13 overall advantage in shots (11-9 on goal) for the contest, as the Rams also held a 5-3 edge in penalty corners in claiming just their sixth win in 30 series meetings between the two schools.