Craig notches lone goal for Fitchburg State in conference setback
Fitchburg, Mass. – The Fitchburg State University field hockey team dropped a tough 2-1 decision to the Bears of Bridgewater State in a shootout this afternoon in Little East Conference (LEC) action from Elliot Field.
Score: Fitchburg State 1, Bridgewater State 2 (Shootout)
Records: Fitchburg State (1-10, 0-5 LEC) | Bridgewater State (1-7. 1-3 LEC)
How It Happened
Bridgewater State nearly opened the scoring in the first period of play as junior Olivia Ahlman (Halifax, Mass.) put back-to-back shots on frame, but Falcon keeper Colleen Lamprey (Cherry Valley, Mass.) was able to deny both chances.
Fitchburg State grabbed the lead in the 25th minute of play when sophomore Sarah Craig (Winchendon, Mass.) slipped a shot inside the near post of an assist from sophomore Jordan Bartell (Fitchburg, Mass.) for her second tally of the season to make the score 1-0 going in the break.
Following the break, the Bears knotted the score (1-1) at the 38:11 mark with Ahlman collected a loose ball in front of the net and struck for her first goal on the year. Neither team would be able to find the back of the cage over the final three quarters of play as the contest would go into a shootout.
In the shootout both team traded scores as Ahlman converted for the Bears, while Craig netted the tally for the Falcons before senior Jacquelyn Legendre (Westport, Mass.) would but the visitors back on top, resulting in the 2-1, shootout final.
Inside the Numbers
This afternoon's contest will mark the 34th meeting between the two squads in the sport of field hockey with the Falcons 7-26-1 all time when taking on the Bears
Bridgewater State has won nine of the last ten matchups against Bridgewater State, including a 7-3 triumph last season at Swenson Field
Fitchburg State held a slim 17-16 edge in shots, while also finishing with an 8-5 margin in penalty corners
Lamprey made 12 saves for the Falcons in the setback
Senior Jillian Delaney (Foxborough, Mass.) stopped 11 shots for the Bears in the victory
Freshman Madison Arpano (Lunenburg, Mass.) tallied one defensive save for the Green and Gold
Falcons will travel to Worcester State on Saturday to take on the Lancers for a conference tilt, starting at 3:00 PM. Bears will host the Huskies of Southern Maine on the same date for a conference matchup at 4:30 PM.