WATERVILLE, ME – The Thomas College field hockey team defeated the Simmons College Sharks 3-2 in a non-conference game at Bernatchez Field on Sunday afternoon. First year Tiffany Weeks scored two goals in the contest, including the game winner.
The Terriers struck first five minutes into the first half. Taylor Bergeron slid a pass towards the left post to Crystal Cunningham, who lifted a shot over the diving Simmons goaltender and into the back of the net to give Thomas the 1-0 lead.
Thomas extended their lead to 2-0 with ten minutes remaining in the first half. Erica Blake passed to Weeks, who fired a shot from just inside the circle and past the goalie for her first collegiate goal.
The Terriers withstood a surge by Simmons in the final five minutes of the half where Thomas keeper Abbie Charrier recorded three saves and Blake added a defensive save to keep the score at 2-0 going into the break.
The Sharks got on the board five minutes into the second frame. After a frenzy in front of the net, Julie Saltamartini netted the first Simmons goal to cut the Thomas lead to 2-1.
Simmons evened the score seven minutes later. Saltamartini stick handled through the Thomas defense and buried her second goal of the game to tie the score at two.
The Terriers regained the lead with six minutes left in the game. Weeks scored her second of the contest off a penalty stroke to give Thomas the game winning goal.
Charrier recorded nine saves and earned the win for the Terriers. Sharks goalie Brianna Rastello recorded four saves and was tagged with her first loss of the season.
The Thomas field hockey team will return to action on Saturday, September 19 when they hit the road for a non-conference game against Mount Holyoke at 3:00 pm.