Owls Squander Lead, Hang on for Win

(RANDOLPH CENTER, VT) --  The University of Maine-Presque Isle midfielder Joel Massa (So./Millbury, MA) scored an unassisted goal at the 80:27 mark of the 2nd half to give the Owls a 3-2 win over host Vermont Tech on Saturday afternoon.  The contest marked the first match of the season for both schools.

Early on, it looked like UMPI may pull away from the Knights (0-1), scoring two goals within four minutes of each other in the first half.  Brandon Caverhill (So./Caribou, ME) scored the first Owl goal of 2012 with an unassisted tally at 18:48.  Shortly after that, Jeremy Tarr (Jr./Ashland, ME) found the back of the net to give UMPI a 2-0 advantage.  It was a lead that the Owls (1-0) would take into halftime.

Just as it looked as though the Owls might be able to cruise to victory, VTC tied the broke up the shut out and tied the game with a scoring flurry of their own.  Knights'junior Hannes Fisher-Byrne (Strafford, VT) assisted on Wellington Newton's (Burlington, VT) goal at 62:34 and then scored a game-tying goal at 64:15.

The score remained knotted at 2 apiece until Massa was able to break through with just under 10 minutes left to play in the game.

"This was a quality team effort to capture our first win of the season," said Owls' head Coach Alan Gordon.

UMPI will stay in Vermont overnight and then take on the College of St. Joseph (VT) tomorrow at 1:00pm.