Lafayette Take Rutgers to Double Overtime in Field Hockey Action
Sept. 9, 2008
PISCATAWAY, N.J.-- - A second half goal by Lafayette's Julie McNeish tied the Leopard's field hockey game against Rutgers at two to force overtime. Lafayette battled through nearly 15 minutes of extra time but came up short as Rutgers scored the game-winning goal, handing the Leopards their first loss of the season.
Senior Maggie Condon scored her second goal of the season while McNeish's was the first of her collegiate career. Lafayette goalie Kelsey Andersen made a season-high six stops against the Scarlet Knights, including four in the opening half. The Lafayette defense held Rutgers to just three goals despite 19 shots by the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers got on the board first with a goal by Amy Lewis at 12:20. The Leopards (2-1) had limited scoring opportunities in the opening half but solid defensive play limited the Scarlet Knights to just one first-half goal.
The second half featured high-powered offensive play from both teams, as Condon tied the game at one just four minutes into the second period. Kelly Hilovsky and Jaclyn DiSanti assisted on the goal which came following a Lafayette penalty corner. The Scarlet Knights (5-0) quickly responded and regained the lead just three minutes later on a goal by Karen Brewster.
The lead did not last long as McNeish's unassisted goal at 42:30 knotted the game at two. Rutgers' Amy Lewis had a chance to win the game in regulation with a shot with less than a minute on the clock but it went wide, sending the game into overtime.
The Scarlet Knights out-shot the Leopards by a 5-0 margin in the extra session but it still took over 14 minutes for the game to be decided when Jenna Bull scored the game-winner for Rutgers after picking up a loose ball and firing a shot from 13 yards out.
The Leopards return home to host Temple this Friday at 7 p.m.
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