Field Hockey: Gage’s Late Goal Lifts Cats Over UMBC

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Vermont’s Whitney Gage (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) scored on a penalty stroke with 28 seconds remaining in regulation as the Catamounts defeated Maryland-Baltimore County, 1-0, in America East field hockey action Friday at Post Field.

Vermont, 2-15 overall and 1-3 in conference play, plays at Maine Sunday at 12:00pm.

The Catamounts outshot the Retrievers, 16-5, in the game, but it wasn’t until the officials awarded a penalty stroke in the final minute that Vermont was able to take a lead. Gage, the team’s leading scorer this season, scored her fourth of the season, and the 13th goal of her career, with a shot high into the upper left corner, beating UMBC goalie Meghan Polek.

Polek had four saves for UMBC, 2-12 overall and 0-4 in league play, while Ariel Eber (Plainfield, N.J.) had one save to post her second career shutout.

The Cats had eight penalty corners to seven for UMBC, in its first year in America East

-Athletic Communications