PHILADELPHIA - In a highly entertaining battle, the Penn field hockey team defeated Saint Joseph's in overtime, 4-3, Wednesday night at Franklin Field.
The Quakers started the overtime shorthanded, after Kirstin Snyder was given a yellow card with just over two minutes left in regulation. Penn survived that, though, and Snyder earned her redemption by stealing the ball from a defender and scoring from the top of the circle just over 10 minutes into the extra session.
"The call was good, we had been getting warnings for awhile and that was the last straw," said head coach Colleen Fink. "I think sitting on the sideline put a little fire in her. She made a hard run to the baseline, got the foul, played the ball through and was able to move the goalie laterally. It was a great play."
It marked Penn's second straight overtime victory; the Quakers went 0-4 in such games a year ago. Penn is now 3-11 overall, while Saint Joseph's fell to 5-10.
"It was a very back-and-forth game," said Fink, who played and coached at Saint Joseph's and cops to plenty of family history at Hawk Hill. "Going into the game I thought that might be the case. I felt like if we could weather the flurry of their offensive opportunities that we could be successful, and of course capitalize on our chances which we did.
"I think the team is having a lot of fun out there right now, and it stems back to our game with Delaware last week."
The theme of the night was success on corners, as four of the game's seven goals came off set pieces. The tone was set in the 12th minute when Penn drew first blood. Off a corner, Sarah Hasson got the ball and sent it across the goalmouth to where teammate Laurel McGarvie was waiting to re-direct it into the goal.
Saint Joseph's tied things up in the 23rd minute off a short corner of its own. Theresa Testa played it back across from the right side to Nicole McCreight, who blasted a 12-yard shot past Penn goalie Danielle Rothman.
The game got very interesting in the early portion of the second half, as four goals were scored in an eight-minute span. Penn was first up, getting a goal when Julie Tahan's shot off a corner was credited as a goal after a defender stopped it with her body. Just more than five minutes later, SJU again knotted things up a Jen Wrublesky was able to get into the area and fire a shot from the right wing. Less than two minutes after that, the Hawks got their first lead of the night when Theresa Testa got to the same area and fired a rocket that Rothman had no chance on at the near post.
As they were on Sunday, though, the Quakers were resilient. Just over a minute after SJU got the lead, the game was tied up again. This time Penn didn't mess around on a short corner -- Caroline Olt made the pass to Hasson, and she blasted a shot from the very top of the circle that found its way into the goal. Hasson finished the game with a goal and two assists
That set the stage for a dramatic final 18 minutes of regulation, as Saint Joseph's had 10 second-half shots and Penn had eight. Both goalies came up big on the night, as Rothman finished the game with 12 saves and Kelly Swanick had nine in the Hawks goal. For the night, Penn outshot SJU, 21-18.
Penn is back in action Saturday afternoon, traveling to New Haven to face Yale at noon.