Springfield, Mass. - September, 7, 2014 - A three-goal performance, including a buzzer-beating tally with 0.04 seconds on the clock by senior forward Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.) paced the Springfield College field hockey team to a 6-5 victory over Plymouth State University in the Zenaty Invitational championship game on Sunday afternoon on Stagg Field.
Following the game, Quist was selected as the tournament's most valuable player, aiding the Pride to a 2-0 start to the season following her four-goal weekend. With the loss, the Panthers fall to 2-1 overall.
With 10 seconds remaining on the clock, Olivia Cabral (Sayville, N.Y.) gained possesion of the ball at the midfield, and found classmate Katie Gill (Wallingford, Conn.) with a cross-field pass, who then streaked down the right side and fired a shot on the net. After deflecting off of Plymouth State goalkeeper Alivia Bates (Pennsauken, N.J.), Quist knocked the ball out of mid-air and into the back of the net just prior to the buzzer sounding, erupting the Springfield College sideline.
Just one season ago, Springfield lost nine games by a one-goal margin, but in 2014 has started the season with a pair of one-goal victories.
Ending the game with a goal for the Pride, Quist started the game in the same fashion when she picked the ball out of a scrum and fired a shot into the back of the net to put the Pride up one just 9:54 into the contest.
At the 22:17 mark of the first stanza, Springfield College freshman midfielder Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) sent a pass into the crease that snuck its way through a pair of Plymouth State defenders, landing on the stick of junior forward Kristina Krull (Leicester, Mass.), who found the back of the net to push the Pride's lead to two.
With 9:15 remaining in the first half, Krull fired a pass from the goal line across the mouth of the goal, only to find Maggie Kennedy (Clay, N.Y.) on the backside to give the Pride a 3-0 cushion.
At the 31:40 mark of the second half, Nikki Garvey (Canaan, N.H.) got the Panthers on the board when the 4-foot-11 senior forward executed a give-and-go with Kaitlyn Wilder (Framingham, Mass.) for a goal to cut Plymouth State's deficit to two.
Just 4:49 later, Springfield answered when Krull found Quist in front of the net for the senior's second goal of the game to put the Pride up 4-1 with 21:56 remaining in the game.
At the 21:52 mark, Lily Davis (Boscawen, N.H.) received a pass from Sam Carberry (Sherwsbury, Pa.) and found the back of the net to make the score 4-2, Pride. Following suit, A shot off the post from Wilder rebounded right to the stick of Nicole Burgess (Mexico, Maine) to cut the Panther's deficit to just one.
Just minutes later, Mahoney netted her second of the game to regain the two-goal lead for the Pride.
Going back the other way, Carberry fired a shot from 12-yards out that found its way past Timarie Villa (Mashpee, Mass.) to make it 5-4 Springfield with 16:31 remaining in the contest.
With 7:21 remaining in the game, Garvey ripped a shot on cage, which was saved by Villa, but the rebound went right to Katie Martin (Waterbury Center, Vt.) who knocked home a shot to even the game at five goals apiece.
The Pride will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 11 when they will host Keene State. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
Tournament MVP: Linnea Quist (New Preston, Conn.)
Marjo Tremaino (SUNY Brockport)
Eileen Crutchfield (Plymouth State)
Kayla Royer (Husson)
Kristina Krull (Springfield)
SUNY Brockport 1, Husson 0
Springfield, Mass. – September 7, 2014 – The SUNY Brockport field hockey team defeated the Husson Eagles in the consolation game of the Zenaty Invitiational, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at Stagg Field.
With the win SUNY Brockport picks up their first win of the season and improves to 1-3 overall, while Husson falls to 2-3 in 2014.
At the 31:21 mark of the second half, Emilee Boddery (Greenwich, N.Y.) slid a pass to freshman forward Amy Masciale (Selden, N.Y.) in front of the Husson net, who then fired a shot past Abby Greenleaf (Newfield, Maine) to push the Eagles to a 1-0 lead.
Up next, Husson will travel and take on Wellesley on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 12 p.m., while SUNY Brockport will host Vassar on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.