CHICOPEE, Mass. – With under two minutes remaining and the final playoff spot hanging in the balance, Blazers senior Madison Gabel (Agawam, Mass.) scored the game-winning goal, her second of the night, lifting the Elms Blazers to a 3-2 win over the Becker Hawks on Tuesday night, clinching the final playoff spot in the New England Collegiate Conference for Elms.
October 29, 2019
Score: Elms 3 – Becker 2
Records: The Becker College Hawks 6-12 (1-6 NECC) | The Elms College Blazers 5-13 (2-5 NECC)
With 1:53 remaining until overtime, Gabel received a pass from junior Carissa Ramirez (San Diego, Calif.). Gabel handled the pass and fired a shot on goal past Hawks sophomore goalie Baileigh Griese (Woodstock, N.Y.), giving the Blazers the deciding goal and a 3-2 lead.
Becker had a penalty corner in the final minute with a chance to tie but didn't manufacture an opportunity with the chance.
The Blazers we're in control early in a high scoring first quarter. Gabel got Elms on the board 3:33 into the game for a 1-0 lead. Ramirez doubled the lead at 8:53 with her only goal of the game, which put the Blazers ahead 2-0.
The Hawks responded quickly with sophomore Emily Iacovelli (Northbridge, Mass.) cutting the deficit in half at 12:01, as the Hawks now trailed 2-1.
The Blazers took the 2-1 lead into halftime, but a Hawks goal early in the third by senior Amy Cooper (Monument, Colo.) tied the game at 2-2 at 33:33.
FOR THE HAWKS
- Iacovelli finishes the season with a conference-leading 20 goals and 43 points.
- Cooper's goal gives her five goals on the season.
- Griese made seven saves for the Hawks but drops to 6-12 with the loss.
FOR THE BLAZERS
- Gabel's two-goal game is the second multi-goal game of her season and gives her three game-winning goals this season.
- Ramirez is up to eight goals and six assists this season and has at least one goal in each of her last five matches.
- Sophomore Nora Newman (Woburn, Mass.) made five saves and improves to 5-13 on the season.
The Hawks fall short of the postseason in 2019 via the loss to Elms. Meanwhile, the Blazers will wait the official word on who they will face in the NECC Postseason following the conclusion of play tomorrow.