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Relive Last Year's Weekend College Games - October 17-20

Oct. 16, 2020, 12:45 p.m. (ET)

With all but one collegiate conference postponing the 2020 season to the spring, each week USA Field Hockey will be reliving last year's Weekend College Games to bring highlight to some great rivals, awesome goals and spectacular saves.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17

DII: Belmont Abbey 0 - 2 Bellarmine 
Meeting in Louisville, Ky., Belmont Abbey and Bellarmine met in a redemption match from earlier in the season. In the first meeting this season, Bellarmine took the 5-2 win with two goals from Teresa Schmidt. Both teams came into the matchup off a loss, as the Knights fell to No. 4 Saint Anselm 2-0, while the Crusaders were defeated by Limestone 3-0.

The Bellarmine defense clamped down and severely limited the scoring opportunities for the Crusaders with Belmont Abbey being credited for just two shots in the entire game. The Knights offense was also slowed, managing 10 total shots, but eight were on goal with senior Merit Harris scoring both goals for the Knights.

The first score came in the second quarter when Harris collected a pass near the top of the circle, drove to her right and fired a shot from distance. The second score came off a strong attack by Mandi Isom. Her shot was saved by the Crusader goalkeeper, but Harris was in position to collect the rebound and deliver the shot in the left portion of the goal.

The Knights had a leg up in most statistics, outshooting Belmont Abbey 10 to 2 with a 9 to 4 edge in penalty corners. Bellarmine goalkeepers Heather Gregory and Breanna McWhorter combined for the shutout without having to make a save.

DIII: Husson 0 - 5 No. 4 Bowdoin

No. 4 Bowdoin hosted Husson in Brunswick, Maine for an out-of-conference match-up. Bowdoin entered the contest on a seven game winning streak with their most recent win over Connecticut College. Husson came in to the matchup off a loss to UMaine-Farmington. In their 2018 meeting Bowdoin dominated, but Husson attempted a comeback that fell short.

The Polar Bears scored five times in the first half to cruise to a 5-0 win over the Eagles. The first came at the 5:30 mark of the first period as Peyton Jackson received an insert and passed left to Kara Finnerty who took a quick shot to direct the ball into the net. Jackson scored on a direct from the top of the circle 2:25 into the second quarter off an insert from Elle Brine. Finnerty then tallied second goal of the game when she deflected a drive from Manveer Sandhu one minute later. The scoring continued as Brine finished a ball on the left post off a far side cross from Abby Bashaw. Jackson then finished off another Brine insert, blasting a drive from the top of the circle into the cage with under three minutes remaining in the frame.

Bowdoin held a 22 to 2 shot advantage and 16 to 2 edge in penalty corners.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18

DI: No. 4 Duke 2 - 3 (OT) No. 7 Virginia
The two top-10 teams looked to improve their records in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in Charlottesville, Va. In 2018 Duke walked away victorious with the 1-0 win and came in to the contest following a 1-0 victory over Old Dominion 1-0. The Cavaliers won their previous matchup against Miami University by the same score.

After a scoreless first half, Duke scored first with Olivia Sahaydak netting a goal just over seven minutes into the third quarter. The Blue Devils had a prime scoring opportunity at the end of the third when they were awarded a penalty corner right at the buzzer. Duke took three shots off the corner, with redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer saving one and the defense blocking two other attempts to keep it a one-goal game.

The Cavaliers knotted things up 1:35 into the fourth quarter with freshman Cato Geusgens scoring off a penalty corner. Four minutes later, Sahaydak took another shot on goal, with that attempt stopped by a defensive save off the foot of a Virginia defender, giving Duke a penalty stroke. Haley Schleicher converted the attempt to put Duke ahead, 2-1. The Cavaliers pulled their goalkeeper with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. UVa made the most of their extra attacker by getting a penalty corner with 1:11 remaining.

Junior midfielder Rachel Robinson took the initial shot, which was saved by Duke goalkeeper Sammi Steele, but Viljoen lifted the rebound into the upper corner of the net to tie the game. In overtime, the Cavaliers had first possession and were awarded a penalty corner 1:17 into the extra period. Geusgens’ initial shot from the top of the circle was saved by Steele, but Ezechiels, who had been the injector for the corner, slid over and smacked the rebound into the cage to give the Cavaliers the victory.



DI: No. 2 Maryland 0 - 1 No. 9 Michigan | Highlights

The Big-Ten Conference rivals met in Ann Arbor, Mich. Maryland came in to the match after earning two Big Ten Conference awards: Madison Maguire was named Big Ten Offensive player of the Week while Noelle Frist was named Defensive Player of the Week after a 6-0 win over Indiana. Michigan meanwhile was coming off a strong win over Ball State. In their previous regular season meeting, the game was tight until midway through the second half when the Terps found the go-ahead goal to secure the win.

The Wolverines scored in the closing minutes of the first half and made it hold up in a 1-0 win, which also marked the 300th for head coach Marcia Pankratz in her 20 years at the helm of the Michigan program. Senior Guadalupe Fernandez Lacort used a remarkable solo effort to score the game-winning goal at the 28:57 mark. Fernandez Lacort carried the ball into the circle on the left baseline, popped it over the stick of one Terrapin defender, banked it off the stick of another then chipped it over the sprawled goalkeeper into the far lower corner of the cage.

Maryland outshot the Wolverines, 10 to 5, and narrowly out-cornered them, 3 to 2, after neither team recorded a shot or a corner for the first 22 minutes of the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Anna Spieker posted four saves en route to her fourth complete-game shutout of the season and Michigan's seventh shutout win in nine games.

The Terrapins poured on the pressure after Michigan was issued a five-minute yellow card early in the fourth quarter, but Michigan turned away a pair of penalty corners and Spieker earned two saves over the stretch. The Wolverines were again shorthanded when Maryland pulled its goalkeeper with 4:11 to play in the fourth, but U-M did not allow another shot.

After a video referral reversed a called Michigan penalty corner and gave Maryland a free hit coming out with 31 seconds remaining, Fernandez Lacort corralled the ball at midfield, carried it to the left sideline and juggled it past three Terp players to wind down the final seconds of the contest.

DII: Franklin Pierce 1 - 0 Southern Connecticut
Coming off two consecutive wins, Franklin Pierce traveled to New Haven, Conn. for a Northeast 10 Conference matchup with Southern Connecticut.

The first quarter was all Franklin Pierce as they fired off six shot attempts, all of which were on target, and one found the back of the net. Christine Jarowicz, the overtime hero from the Raven’s previous game against American International, dribbled through four defenders before getting a pass behind SCSU senior goalkeeper Brianna Craft and to the stick of Gagnon, who just had to tap the ball into the net.

The rest of the game was much more even, but the Ravens still found ways to gain an edge over the Owls. Over the course of the game, Franklin Pierce chalked up advantages of 10 to 2 in shot attempts, 10 to 2 in shots on goal and 6 to 1 in penalty corners.

DII: Queens 1- 0 Limestone
South Atlantic Conference Carolinas foes Queens and Limestone both battled to better their respective records in Gaffney, S.C. An evenly played match appeared to be heading for overtime until Paige Ramsey connected with Victoria Tredinnick for the game-winning goal at the 55 minute mark.

The Saints narrowly edged the Royals in shots 12 to 11, though both teams would put six shots on goal each. Avian Thompson of Queens completed play with six saves in goal while Limestone's Daisy Ruhle recorded five.

Limestone earned 10 penalty corners to the Royals' five, but Queens' defense held strong each time to keep the Saints scoreless for the first time in the 2019 season.

DIII: Ferrum 0 - 8 Bridgewater | Highlights
Ferrum traveled to Bridgewater as both teams looked to snap their respective losing streaks on what was the Eagles’ Homecoming night. Kallie Moyer broke down the right side and fed Karinne Moyer to put Bridgewater on the board in the opening quarter. She then recovered her own rebound and passed it over to Courtney Cooke for a 2-0 first quarter lead.

Ferrum goalkeeper Mia Holmes made 12 saves in the first quarter alone and finished with 28 overall. After Cooke made it 3-0 in the second quarter, Holmes stopped Taylor Wood from point-blank range just before halftime off a cross-field pass by Cooke.

Hicks ripped a third quarter shot into the corner off a Karinne Moyer pass for her first goal. Karinne then had a shot blocked off the goal line by Rylee Smith, but the Ferrum defender covered it up, leading to a penalty stroke and a Cooke hat trick.

Hicks made it 6-0 in the third quarter off an assist from Alexandra Rose. In the fourth quarter, Cooke's shot led to a defensive save by Haleigh Horne but the Eagle pounced on the rebound and passed it over to Karinne Moyer to make it 7-0. Hicks completed her hat trick on a shot from the outside of the circle. Bridgewater dominated in shots with 46 to Ferrum’s 3 and penalty corners 13 to 2.

DIII: St. John Fisher 10 - 0 Sage
Sage hosted Empire 8 Conference rival St. John Fisher in Albany, N.Y. Seeking their tenth win on the season, the Cardinals shattered three program records as they cruised to a 10-0 win.

St. John Fisher established a new record for goals in a single game, assists in a game (10) and points among athletes (30). For the second time in a week, junior Bre Socker scored four goals in a win and finished with eight points overall after taking 12 shots. Senior Lindsay Scott set an individual record with seven assists and nailed down another record after scoring a goal to finish the day with nine points.

The scoring began in the third minute as Lindsay Scott found Jess Snyder to make it 1-0. Just 13 seconds into the second period, Fisher struck again as Gianna Palma took a feed from Scott to make it 2-0. Fisher struck again 44 seconds later with Socker teaming up with Scott for a 3-0 edge heading into halftime.

Coming out of the break, Socker made it 4-0 with an unassisted tally before the junior struck again in the 34th minute off of a penalty corner. Ahead by five goals midway through the third quarter, Fisher continued to find the back of the net with Danila Casseri and Palma each scoring to close out the third quarter.

Leading by seven goals and 15 minutes left to go, the Cardinals tacked on another in the 48th minute when Socker broke free an uncorked a shot to make it 8-0. As time ticked down, Snyder connected with Scott off of a corner to make it a nine-goal cushion before McDonald found the back of the cage in the 59th minute to cap off the scoring.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19

DI: Colgate 1 - 6 Bucknell
Two Patriot League contenders, Colgate and Bucknell, looked to find a positive result in Lewisburg, Pa.

At the 10-minute mark, Kaelyn Long scored on a penalty corner. Four minutes later, the Bison made good on another corner attempt. This time it was Megan Keeney connecting for her second score of the season. Long was assisting on the play, giving the junior four points before the game had reached its halfway point.

Leading 3-0 at halftime, Long tallied another goal 41 seconds into the third frame on another penalty corner attempt, a category the Bison dominated in throughout the game. The Raiders broke the shutout with a goal in the 52nd minute, but back-to-back goals by Leah Fogelsanger in the final five minutes of play boosted the Bison to a 6-1 final.

DI: No. 14 Harvard 2 - 0 Cornell 
An Ivy League tilt unfolded in Ithaca, N.Y. as both Harvard and Cornell looked to improve their conference records.

The Crimson did all of its damage in the first half, as Maddie Earle broke the scoreless deadlock midway through the first quarter. On a penalty corner, senior captain Bente van Vlijmen fired a hard shot that was redirected past the Cornell goalkeeper by Earle at 8:20 to make it 1-0.

Harvard added a goal late in the second quarter, as Kiley Allen scored on a rebound chance with 1:37 to play in the frame to give the Crimson a two-goal lead at the break. The Crimson warded off Cornell's best second half chances, and held on for an important road win, which marked their 13th straight Ivy League win, a streak that dated back to 2017.

DII: No. 10 Mansfield 1 - 6 No. 2 East Stroudsburg
The top-10 ranked teams met on Senior Day in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) matchup in East Stroudsburg, Pa.

Hannah Barbush opened the scoring for ESU in the sixth minute as she took a pass from Grace Martini and beat Mansfield goalkeeper Brittany Ryan. The Warriors doubled their lead at the 13:47 mark of the quarter as Martini tallied her second goal of the game. Less than a minute later, Celeste Veenstra recorded her first goal of the contest to make it 3-0.

ESU opened the second quarter with a goal just 40 seconds into action as Karly Conway netted her fourth goal of the season for the Warriors. Veenstra notched her 19th goal of the season in the fourth quarter to make it 5-0 at the 47:57 mark. Sophomore Morgan Mesenbrink then tallied her third goal of the season after taking a feed from sophomore Taylor Gramberg to beat Ryan in net.

Mansfield broke onto the scoreboard at the 59:20 mark of the contest as Christie Buyer found the back of the net following a scramble in front of ESU redshirt freshman goalkeeper Christina Zydzik, who took over for senior Maddie Richie with 2:10 left to play.

DII: No. 9 Southern New Hampshire 2 - 0 New Haven
Southern New Hampshire hot the road to take on New Haven at Ralph F. DellaCamera Stadium.

Meaghan Wile notched the first multi-goal game of her career to lead SNHU to its fifth consecutive victory. After a scoreless first quarter, Wile punched home her third goal of the year 8:12 into the second to provide the Penmen with all the offense it would need. The team’s second goal was also courtesy of Wile in the 36th minute of the contest

The Penmen outshot the Chargers by a 21 to 3 margin, which featured a 16 to 0 edge in the opening three quarters. Southern New Hampshire put 12 shots on frame while New Haven put two fourth-quarter attempts on target.

DIII: Widener 1 - 4 No. 13 Messiah | Highlights 
No. 13 Messiah hosted Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth rival Widener in Grantham, Pa.

Messiah earned their first penalty corner of the game 57 seconds into the contest. Mackenzie Brubaker stepped up to take the shot on the play but her attempt was saved. The Falcons took two more shots before they broke through in the seventh minute. Josie Weaver drove down the end line, passing her defender, and slotted the ball to the middle to find Hannah Palm. Palm picked up the ball right in front of the cage and found some space to rip a shot to the cage, giving Messiah a early 1-0 lead over the Pride.

Messiah didn't let up in the second period, maintaining heavy pressure in the attacking third for the majority of the period. The Falcons earned a penalty corner 2:21 in the period that resulted in a shot from Kristen Musser. Musser's attempt was saved but Nicole Shank picked up the rebound and put it in the cage to double the Falcons' lead to 2-0. Messiah kept their feet on the gas pedal, earning their third goal in the 21st minute off the stick from Abby Boyer. Boyer took a pass from Jennie Young and worked her way to her fourth goal of the season.

Messiah's defense kept the Pride off the board in the first half, not allowing Widener to register a shot or a corner. After Palm was given a green card 33 seconds into the third period, the Pride found some momentum. Widener earned their first and second corners of the contest with the second one resulting in a goal for the Pride, making it 3-1 in the 35th minute.

Despite the early goal from Widener, Messiah was dominant for the remainder of the game. The Falcons outshot the Pride 8 to 1 in the third period and 9-1 in the fourth period. Messiah earned a total of eight corners in the second half with an even 4-4 split. Widener was only able to earned a total of four corners in the second half.

Messiah capped off the game with a fourth goal in the 51st minute. After back-to-back corners, Kristen Musser slotted the ball to Weaver to set her up for the goal, giving Messiah a 4-1 lead and eventual victory over the Pride.

DIII: No. 18 Babson 4 - 1 Smith | Rewatch
In a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match-up, No. 18 Babson traveled to play Smith in Northampton, Mass.

Lauren Curley gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead just 3:08 into the second quarter when she collected a feed from Kate Driscoll and blasted a shot inside the left post. Victoria Mellow wasted little time pulling Smith even though, as she intercepted a pass and weaved through the Babson defense before lifting shot over goalkeeper Cassidy Riley's blocker to make it 1-1 less than four minutes later.

Maddy Paro broke the deadlock with a blast from the right side of the arc off a penalty corner just over 90 seconds into the third quarter. She followed it up with a penalty stroke at the 3:49 mark to make it 3-1, and Tori Roche put away a rebound just 18 seconds later for a 4-1 lead.

The Beavers outshot the Pioneers 33 to 8 and finished with a 12 to 5 advantage in penalty corners.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20

DI: No. 6 Iowa 2 - 3 (OT) No. 5 Louisville | Highlights
Ranked in the top-10 in Division I, these two teams had not met since 2016 when the current seniors were freshman, and both teams were coming off 3-0 victories from the previous week.

The teams traded leads three times throughout the contest and battled through a scoreless first quarter with each squad firing off two shots and Louisville owning a 2 to 1 edge in penalty corners.

The Cardinals broke through in the second minute of the second quarter when junior Mercedes Pastor received a pass from freshman Mattie Tabor and maneuvered through the Hawkeye defense before rifling a shot into the right corner of the goal. Iowa responded with under three minutes left in the second quarter as Anthe Nijziel sent a long ball from about 40 yards toward the circle and Maddy Murphy was able redirect it past Louisville goalkeeper Hollyn Barr to even the score at 1-1.

The Hawkeyes kept the momentum in the second half with a third-quarter penalty corner goal from Lokke Stribos which put Iowa on top 2-1 until the closing seconds of regulation.

In the final 48 seconds of regulation, Justine Sowry lifted goalkeeper Hollyn Barr in favor of an extra field player. With 11 seconds on the clock, Louisville worked the ball down the left side of the field from its own defensive 25-yard line with a pass from senior Bethany Russ to freshman Minna Tremonti who sent a feed into the circle where freshman Margot Lawn was able to earn a penalty as time expired. Senior Carter Ayars got the corner started and junior Meghan Schneider provided the stop for Russ who powered a shot toward the cage where Ayars was able to push the ball in off of Speight's stick to send the game into overtime.

Iowa had an early scoring opportunity in the extra period, earning a penalty corner in the third minute, but Murphy's shot hit the post and the Cardinals regained possession. After Louisville came up empty on its own penalty corner attempt, Iowa quickly transitioned with a fast break down to it its attacking circle, but Barr came out to the middle of the circle to take the ball off of Megan Conroy's stick and send it back down the field and keep the score knotted at 2-2.

With under 15 seconds remaining on the clock, Ayars sent a pass across the field to junior Alli Bitting who was making her way down the left sideline. The junior directed the ball toward the circle where it glanced off of a defender's stick, but Madison Walsh was there to tap it into the cage past Iowa goalkeeper Leslie Speight for the game-winning goal.

In the game, Iowa outshot Louisville 15 to 11 with an 11 to 8 advantage in shots on goal while the Cardinals held the penalty corner advantage 8 to 3.

DI: No. 17 Liberty 2 - 3 No. 1 North Carolina
The two southern powerhouses met at Karen Shelton Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. as the Tar Heels looked to maintain their undefeated record.

Megan DuVernois opened the Tar Heels' scoring just three minutes into the action on a penalty stroke, which she sent into the upper left corner of the cage. UNC took a 2-0 lead in the 26th minute on a second penalty stroke, this one successfully converted by reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Week Erin Matson.

The Flames got on the board less than two minutes after halftime. UNC goalkeeper Amanda Hendry saved a shot by Liberty's Daniella Rhodes, but the rebound bounced out to the Flames' Charlotte Vaanhold, who buried her shot to make it a 2-1 game.

Just over two minutes later the Tar Heels again earned a two-goal cushion, scoring from the field for the only time all afternoon. Matson drew the defense to her on the left baseline, then passed to Marissa Creatore in front of the cage for the score.

Liberty again closed the gap on a penalty stroke in the 44th minute. Alivia Klopp's goal came on the team's first penalty stroke attempt of the season and made the score 3-2 heading into the fourth quarter. The Flames did not manage to get off another shot, however, and the Tar Heels held on for the win.

UNC tallied 16 shots, 11 on goal, to Liberty's seven. The Tar Heels finished with eight penalty corners, five of them in the third period. LU had four, three of which came in the first period.



DII: Coker 3 - 1 Converse 

In a Conference Carolinas matchup, Converse hosted Coker in Spartanburg, S.C. as both teams looked to improve their conference records.

Coker out-shot Converse 4-1 in the opening quarter, and also earned the frame's only penalty corner. In the sixth minute, Kaleigh Cordrey scored her fourth goal of the season to give the Cobras a 1-0 lead. Converse would tie the game five minutes into the second quarter, when Morgan Berndt scored from Teana Maloney. The teams would head to the half tied 1-1.

Just under halfway through the third quarter, Lisa Rempt scored from Britt Kabo to give Coker a 2-1 lead. With a minute and a half to play in the frame, Cordrey tallied her second of the game, assisted by Kabo, to stretch Coker's lead to 3-1. Kabo tacked on a late goal in the fourth quarter off an assist from Rempt to put the game at its final score.

Coker out-shot Converse 22 to 3, including 18 to 3 in shots on goal. Cordrey and Rempt each fired six shots in the contest, while Kelly Mason registered four shots in the contest. The Cobras also earned eight penalty corners to Converse's two.

DII: Lindenwood 4 - 3 (2OT) Bellarmine
Following their matchup with Belmont Abbey earlier in the week, Bellermine hosted Lindenwood to round out an action-paced weekend in Louisville, Ky.

The Knights drew first blood in the game's seventh minute when Merit Harris scored her 12th goal of the season, drilling a shot from the middle of the circle off a feed from Cassidy Sweeney. Lindenwood would square the match early in the second period when Bridget Hoogendijk found separation from the Bellarmine defense, dribbled into the top of the circle and rifled a shot from long range.

Bellarmine answered six and a half minutes later when the Knights worked the ball deep into Lindenwood territory, and April Paulson flipped a pass from near the end line to Mandi Isom, who was right in front of the cage. Isom managed to redirect the ball past Litterest for the go-ahead goal. However, Lindenwood's Hoogendijk had an immediate response, taking the ensuing possession straight down the field and firing a shot into the back of the cage just 10 seconds after the Bellarmine goal.

Bellarmine broke the tie just over eight minutes into the third quarter when Jillian Fazio converted off a penalty corner with Cassidy Sweeney contributing her second assist of the day.

The Knights were able to keep the Lions at bay until late in the game when Hoogendijk completed the hat trick with her third goal. This score also came in transition as Isabella Shannon passed into the circle which Hoogendijk finished. Lindenwood pulled its goalkeeper late in regulation play and the strategy appeared to work as the Lions scored with just 1:59 remaining to knot the score at three apiece.

The game extended into two overtime periods where both squads had golden opportunities to seal a victory, but after two scoreless overtime sessions, the game went to a shootout. The Lions capitalized on all three chances they were given and goalkeeper Mackenzie Litterst stopped three of four attempts to solidify the win for Lindenwood.

Final stats showed both teams with 18 shots on the day, and the Knights earning four more penalty corners (12-8).

DIII: No. 9 Vassar 0 - 1 (SO) Rochester
Rochester, who sat just outside the top-20 this week, hosted No. 9 Vassar at Edwin Fauver Stadium.

Rochester had the first flurry of chances in the middle of the first quarter, earning four penalty corners in a minute span. Maya Haigis had two shots in the spurt, with the second one being cleared off the line by Aquilina-Piscitello for the defensive save. With five minutes left in the quarter, Vassar had back-to-back attempts off the stick of Rylie Pope denied by Kujawa after a cross came in from the right side from Natalie Johnston.

Five minutes into the second, Rochester’s Amanda Strenk used a great individual effort to produce a look deep in Vassar territory, but her shot slipped just wide of the right post. The Brewers’ Avery Bauman unleashed a hard shot from the center of the circle in the 27th minute, but Kujawa had a clean look and kicked it away.

Rochester took control in the second half of regulation, outshooting Vassar 8-1. Nikki Mercer took a tough angled backhand in the 40th minute, but Smith blocked it away to safety. Strenk had another good look with three minutes left in the period, but her backhand from the left wing sailed just wide right again.

Late in regulation, Rochester earned a pair of penalty corners, but the Vassar defense and Smith in goal stood tall, keeping the game scoreless through four quarters. In overtime, Vassar started quick, earning a penalty corner just 17 seconds in, but Sam Plante's shot attempt on the penalty corner was blocked.

The second overtime saw Rochester earn a couple of penalty corners midway through the period, but shots from Hauser and Strenk were off target. The Brewers meanwhile attempted to get the winner in the 78th minute, but Rochester's Kujawa denied Plante again, sending the game to the shootout.

First-year Elisabeth Sidorski, senior Colleen Maillie and senior Catherine Hauser each scored on their shootout attempt, while Kujawa stopped all three Vassar attempts in the third extra session as Rochester earned the victory.

DIII: St. Lawrence 2 - 5 Ithaca
In a key Liberty League matchup late in the season, St. Lawrence looked to pick up their first conference victory of the season while Ithaca aimed bounce back after an overtime loss two days prior.

Working on the first penalty corner of the game, Victoria Sestito netted the opening score as her shot from the left wing traveled untouched through the scrum in front and perfectly into the far right corner to lift Ithaca to the early 1-0 lead.

St. Lawrence came out on the front-foot to begin the second quarter as well, but it would be Ithaca that had the last laugh in the quarter and would net another goal to double its advantage heading into halftime. It was another penalty corner play that provided the tally, with Jaqueline Mirabile redirecting a Sestito shot with 3:13 left in the quarter.

The third quarter was highly entertaining, as the teams connected for three goals in the period. It was St. Lawrence that raced out of the gates to begin the final half, as the Saints earned a penalty corner inside 30 seconds of the resumption of play. St. Lawrence finally made good on what was a litany of penalty corner chances, as Anna Parker scored off a cross-arc feed from Jackie Reiss to shave the Ithaca lead to 2-1. St. Lawrence immediately went down and earned four additional penalty corner chances following the goal, but could not tie the game.

Ithaca regained its footing as the quarter continued and found its offensive groove to effectively seal things heading into the fourth. Elizabeth Pillow netted her first collegiate goal on a counter-attacking play. First-year Brianna Lennon sparked the play on the right wing, working a pass to Rafferty at the top of the arc. The junior launched a shot towards the left post, which Pillow guided into the vacant cage to reestablish Ithaca’s two-goal advantage. Ziehnert added an insurance goal just before the end of the quarter, tapping home a back-post feed from Mullen to make things 4-1.

Mullen scored a goal of her own just 2:42 into the fourth quarter, slapping home a great deflection off a Kendall Keil feed to the front. Although St. Lawrence would add a second on a penalty corner chance roughly four-minutes later, the game was never in doubt as Ithaca sealed the convincing win.

* DI Rankings are based off NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll Week 5 (Posted October 15, 2019)
** DII Rankings are based off NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll Week 4 (Posted October 15, 2019)
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* DIII Rankings are based off NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll Week 5 (Posted October 15, 2019)