PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team battled Columbia through regulation, an entire overtime, and into a second extra period before falling to the Lions, 3-2, Friday night at Franklin Field.
The Quakers led two different times in regulation, and certainly had their chances in the overtimes to get the win. However, Columbia's Gabby Kozlowski was sprung for a breakaway just one minute into the second extra session. With Penn goalkeeper Carly Sokach closing in on her near the top of the box, Kozlowski -- the Lions' leading scorer -- calmly pushed the ball around the Quaker netminder and fired it into the open goal.
Penn (6-6, 1-3 Ivy League) got on the board first Friday, 13 minutes into the match, when Emily Corcoran converted on the Quakers' only short corner of the half. A shot from the top of the circle was stopped by Columbia's prone goalkeeper, Christie O'Hara, but the ball squirted up and over her and Corcoran was there to push it into the goal. It was Corcoran's second straight game with a goal.
Columbia (8-4, 3-1 Ivy) really pressed the action after that -- the Lions would take seven corners to Penn's one in the half -- and was rewarded with just 22 seconds left before the break. Off the seventh of their corners, a Paige Simmons shot from the top of the circle was tipped by Danielle Cosentino and stayed inside the right post.
Penn needed less than eight minutes in the second half to regain the lead, again converting a short corner. This time Helene Caniglia sent her pass directly to Sunny Stirewalt, who from the left side of the circle calmly hammered a shot that found the inside of the far post.
Again Columbia responded. Nearly four minutes after Penn's goal, Christina Freibott worked her way into the circle, found herself one-on-one with Sokach, and beat the Quaker keeper between the legs to tie the score at 2-2.
Sokach was busy throughout the night, as Columbia outshot Penn 18-10 and took 16 corners to the Quakers' seven. Sokach finished with 10 saves, including a beautiful left-footed kick stop in the first OT. At the other end, Julie Tahan just missed beating O'Hara to a ball in front of the Columbia goal that would have won it for the Quakers.
Penn returns to action twice next weekend in Connecticut. The Quakers are at Yale Saturday with a noon start, then face Fairfield on Sunday at 1 p.m.