April 12, 2008


Anchorwomen Come From Two Down in Final Minute To Force Overtime


Providence, R.I.-Rhode Island College senior midfielder Sydney Culbertson (North Kingstown, RI) figured in four of the Anchorwomenís final five goals, including the game-winner, to lead the hostís to a 16-15, overtime victory against Little East Conference rival Plymouth State.


Senior Sydney Culbertson


RIC (1-7, 1-3) snapped a 12-game losing streak dating back to last spring, while the Panthers (1-6, 1-3) lose their fourth straight contest. The game was marred by an inordinate amount of fouls, as the Anchorwomen (43) and PSU (23) combined for a total of 68.


The Anchorwomen came back from two-goals down in the final minute of regulation. Freshman attack Suany Almonte (Warwick, RI) netted her second goal of the game on a free position shot with 59 seconds left. Almonte collected the ball on the ensuing draw control and raced down the field, finding Culbertson behind the net. Sophomore midfielder Meridith Darby (Middletown, RI) took a pass from Culbertson in the slot and fired it past Plymouth State senior goalkeeper Sarah Beebe (Rumson, NJ) with 35 seconds left to tie the game, 14-14, and force an extra session.


The Panthers scored 14 seconds into overtime as freshman midfielder Michaela Rice (Weirs Beach, NH) beat RIC freshman goalkeeper Hilary Switzer (Woonsocket, RI). Culbertson tied the game 21 seconds into in the second three-minute overtime period and netted the game-winner with 1:18 on the clock. RIC kept possession over the final 30 seconds to prevent the Panthers comeback bid.


Culbertson finished with five goals and three assists for eight points, raising her point total to 15 (11-4) over the past two games. Senior midfielder Kerry McDevitt (Jamestown, RI) finished with five goals and an assist, while Darby contributed a hat trick, plus a helper. Switzer made 13 saves to earn her first collegiate victory (1-7). Beebe made nine saves in a losing effort.


PSU sophomore attack Taylor Cambal (West Yarmouth, MA) and classmate midfielder Kerry DíAmbroise (Lowell, MA) each posted six points.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will play at Lasell on Tuesday, Apr. 15, while the Panthers play at Springfield on Apr. 16.