FIeld Hockey Registers Overtime Victory at Saint Joseph's, 5-4

*Claire Kneizys notched the overtime game-winner in the 78th minute for the Quakers in a 5-4 victory over Big 5-rival Saint Joseph’s on Sunday afternoon. Penn came from behind in the contest and converted on several corners to take the win.

*Alexa Hoover became the all-time points leader in Penn history during the contest, her 103 career points (44g, 15a) moved her in front of Lisa Romig (1978-81) who now sits in second place with 98. Additionally, Hoover tied Romig for first in the all-time goals category with each having 44 scores to their credit in their respective careers.  

*The victory marked the 14th win over the Hawks in Quaker history and the third-straight in the series rivalry. Penn improved to 3-1 on the season with the performance.

MERION STATION, Pa. – Senior Claire Kneizys notched the overtime game-winner in the 78th minute to lift the University of Pennsylvania over Big 5 rival Saint Joseph’s 5-4 on Sunday afternoon. In the first away contest of the season, the Quakers connected on a penalty corner to bring home the win and improve to 3-1 overall on the young season.

The win also marked a significant milestone in the career of junior Alexa Hoover as she surpassed Lisa Romig (1978-81) to become the all-time points leader in Penn history with 103 career tallies. Her two goals today also tied her with Romig on the all-time goals list at 44.

The Red and Blue had to fight their way back from a 2-0 deficit after 17 minutes of action to send the contest into overtime. Following two early Saint Joseph’s scores, Hoover got the Quakers within one at the 21:43 mark in the first half to cut the SJU lead to 2-1.

The two sides would go on to trade scores prior to intermission, but not before Hoover put another tally on the board in a similar fashion off another penalty corner with assists courtesy of Paige Meily and Rachel Huang.  

Saint Joseph’s increased their lead to 4-2 just over two minutes into the second stanza off a loose ball in front of net. The Quakers didn’t get discouraged despite being down two goals, and continued their superb execution on penalty corners to aid their comeback.

In the 45th minute, Elise Tilton knocked in a rebound off a corner to cut the deficit to 4-3, and Rachel Huang notched the game-tying goal at the 52:12 mark to make it a 4-4 game to help send the contest into extra time.

The Red and Blue successfully defended a Hawk corner at the beginning of overtime before capitalizing on their own in the 78th minute for the game-winner. Following a Huang insertion, Hoover passed the ball to Kneizys who knocked it home for the 5-4 win.

Penn held a significant 18-7 advantage in corners for the afternoon and also led in shots, 22-19 (14-11 on goal). Defensively, Liz Mata and Ava Rosati combined for seven saves.

The Quakers return to action on Friday, September 16th when they travel to Fairfield to take on the Fairfield University Stags. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.