Bulldogs Nip Black Bears Field Hockey In OT, 4-3
ORONO, Maine – The Black Bears field hockey team scored three goals in the second half to force overtime but the Yale Bulldogs notched the overtime marker to win, 4-3, in New Haven, Conn., Sunday afternoon. Both Annabelle Hamilton and Holly Stewart tallied a goal and assist in the loss as the Black Bears fall to 9-7 overall and remain 2-2 in America East play.
The Bulldogs were the only team to score in the opening frame as the team took a 1-0 lead to halftime. Rhoni Gericke scored her second of the year, with the assist credited to Nicole Wells.
Gericke struck again early in the second half, cashing in at the 40:40 mark, taking a pass from Jessie Accurso.
The Black Bears showed plenty of fight however tallying the next two goals in the contest.
Cassidy Svetek started the comeback under five minutes later, tallying her seventh of the season, as she fired it past goalkeeper Heather Schleiser, to make it 2-1. Holly Stewart registered the assist.
Stewart made her presence felt again, this time breaking through with a goal off a penalty corner, with Annabelle Hamilton credited with the assist, to make it 2-2.
Yale regained the lead in the 63rd minute as Georgia Holland recorded her seventh goal of the season off a penalty corner with Emily Schuckert and Erica Borgo recording the assists.
With the game tied at 3-3 the contest went to overtime but it was the Bulldogs that scored the golden goal as Nicole Wells scored her third of the season tallying her third of the season to give Yale a 4-3 overtime vicory.
Natasha Ford got the start in the cage for the Black Bears and made eight saves on 12 shots in the loss. Meanwhile Schleiser made 15 saves on 18 shots on goal in the win.
The Black Bears tallied their second-highest shot total of the season, firing 32 chances the keeper's way. Yale managed 18 shots in the game.
Maine also doubled the amount of penalty corners they had over Yale. The Black Bears were credited with 14 penalty corners while the Bulldogs had seven.
The Black Bears now has three contests left in the 2013-14 season. They head to Boston for a non-conference game against California on Oct. 27 in a match hosted by BC. They will also head to Providence, R.I. to face Providence on Oct. 28. Game times are set for 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.