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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.

GAME INFORMATION
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."

GAME NOTES

  • 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.

NUMBER TO KNOW

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

GOALIE BREAKDOWN

USJ
 –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.

UP NEXT
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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