LEWISBURG, Pa. – The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team went to overtime for the fifth time in six games, and for the fourth time out of those give game the Quakers emerged victorious as they defeated Bucknell on Sunday, 3-2.
Sophomore Alexa Hoover, who entered the weekend leading the nation in goals and points per game, added to those totals on Sunday as she scored twice and dished off an assist for five points. She ended the contest in spectacular fashion, beating a defender with a nifty move near the top of the circle and then backhanding a shot from the top that beat the Bison goalkeeper to her left and slid inside the right post.
That goal allowed Penn (10-2) to beat Bucknell (7-8) for the first time in three years; the Bison had gained one-goal victories over the Quakers in both 2013 and 2014.
Penn opened the scoring just four minutes into the contest, as Elise Tilton centered a ball in front that Hoover knocked home. Bucknell scored twice in the nine-minute span later in the half, as Kiersten Sydnor found the back of the goal both times.
Penn knotted the game just six minutes into the second half, as Hoover found Elizabeth Hitti about 10 yards out and the senior captain converted. That was all the scoring in regulation, setting the stage for Hoover’s OT heroics.
Bucknell outshot Penn, 17-14, but Liz Mata came up with five saves in the Quakers cage to gain the win. At the other end, the Bison keeper made five stops.
Penn wraps up this three-game road trip with neighborhood rival Drexel on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Quakers are back at home next Saturday, hosting Yale at noon on Ellen Vagelos Field.
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