Fitchburg State Stopped in Overtime
NEW BEDFORD -- The Fitchburg State University men’s hockey team dropped a 3-2 overtime decision to the Corsairs of UMass Dartmouth in MASCAC action Saturday night at the Hetland Arena.
Fitchburg State opened the scoring at the 11:43 mark of the first period as junior forward Christopher Vicario gathered a feed from sophomore Sascha Figi and senior Nick DiNicola and found the back of the net for his third score of the season for the 1-0 lead.
UMass Dartmouth (6-7, 3-3 MASCAC) knotted the score at 1-1 with roughly three and half minutes left in the opening frame when sophomore Nicholas Short connected on his fourth goal on the year.
The Corsairs grabbed the lead midway through the middle stanza as Short received a pass from senior Mason Nichols and freshman Jimmy Peltonand struck for his second score of the contest for the 2-1 lead.
The Falcons (6-4-2, 3-2-2 MASCAC) tied up the game, 2-2, at the 12:17 mark of the third period when Figi connected on his team-leading 14th tally of the campaign to force overtime. In the extra frame, UMass Dartmouth secured the victory with 1:07 left as sophomore Eric Bolden netted his fourth goal of the season, resulting in the 3-2 final.
Figi finished with one goal and one assist, while sophomore goalie Brian McGrath stopped 40 shots for the Falcons.
Up next, the Falcons will host the Rams of Suffolk University on Tuesday for a non-conference tilt, starting at 7 p.m. The Corsairs, meanwhile, will travel to Salem State University on Thursday for a 7 p.m. MASCAC contest.
Senior Evans Oduro had a stellar day for Fitchburg High on Saturday the Rhody Classic, hosted by the University of Rhode Island. Oduro placed second and broke the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 43 feet, 7 inches. The previous record of 39-1.25 was set in 1998 by Jeff Guenette. Oduro also placed second in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.07 seconds and placed fourth in the long jump at 21-2. Alex Rojas placed 79th in the 55-meter dash in 7.47.
Wonuola Ashaju had a standout day for Fitchburg High School on Saturday at the Rhody Classic at the University of Rhode Island. Wonuola placed second and broke the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 34-7. The previous record was set in 1998 by Lucia Pellechia (33-10.25). Wonuola placed fourth in the long jump with a personal best jump of 15-11. Olamide Bamgbose placed 12th in the long jump with a distance of 14-8.5, and 32nd in the 55-meter dash with a time of 8.18 seconds. Also for Fitchburg, Lina Kherallah placed 19th in the 1,000 in 3:32.16; Lainey Jaramillo was 38th in the 55 hurdles in 11.30; and the 4x200-meter relay team of Olamide, Wonuola, Lainey and Lina placed 17th in 2:01.36.
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