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Field Hockey Fights, Falls In Frantic Overtime Finish

Field Hockey Fights, Falls In Frantic Overtime Finish

WEST HARTFORD, Conn.  The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team dropped a heartbreaking overtime match Saturday, 3-2, to SUNY Morrisville (MOR) in a non-conference, home-opening match on the USJ Field Hockey Field.

The Blue Jays, who won in their program debut against Albertus Magnus College in double-overtime Wednesday, could not find the late-match magic that they needed to outlast the Mustangs, who scored the first goal and last goal of this hotly contested match. The game-winner came at the six-minute mark of overtime, as sophomore forward Camberly VanValkenburg (Walton, N.Y.) found the cage on a rebound, after a shot by senior forward Heather Cummings (Akron, N.Y.) was saved by USJ. VanValkenburg pulled the feed stick side, and with a low lift, got the ball past the home keeper for the winning score.

Score: Morrisville 3, Saint Joseph 2 (F/OT)
Records: MOR (1-2), USJ (1-1)
Location: USJ Field Hockey Field | West Hartford, Conn.
Notes: USJ Program Home Debut

COACH QUOTE [Karen Nell] "This game was hard fought. We struggled with injuries for the second straight game, but continued to work hard as a team and give ourselves opportunities to score. Both of our goals were beautifully executed. It was a tough loss, but we have to continue to improve our skills and focus on working together on the field."


  • Sophomore forward Alexa Kowalski (Thomaston, Conn.) and freshman midfielder Maya Tomko (Sparta, N.J.) scored the two Blue Jay goals. Tomko now has two goals on the season.
  • Junior midfielder Makenzie Dinger (Hingham, Mass.) and freshman defender Megan Strzepa (New Hartford, Conn.) both collected assists on the afternoon.
  • Both teams had chances in the closing minutes of regulation, the game tied 2-2, but neither could find a winning score, forcing the sudden victory 7 vs. 7 period.
  • USJ threatened early and often in OT, but it was a turnover in the Blue Jays' defensive end that made the difference.


2 – The Blue Jays have played in just two field hockey matches in program history. Both games were decided in overtime (1-1).


 –Sophomore goalie Wendy Bowden (Old Saybrook, Conn.) took a tough loss Saturday in her season debut (0-1), allowing three goals in 64-plus minutes of in-game action.

MOR – Junior goalie Morgan Dueber (Owego, N.Y.) secured the victory, allowing two goals in the full 60 minutes plus overtime.

The Blue Jays will be back on the road for a match against Roger Williams on Wednesday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m.

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