PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania field hockey team was unable to overcome a late second half goal by Columbia, which tied the contest 3-3, and sent the game into overtime. Just 16 seconds into the extra period, Columbia was able to work for an open goal, winning the game 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at Ellen Vagelos Field.
Penn’s overtime defeat to the Lions is its third straight, falling last season 4-3 at Columbia, and in 2012, 3-2, at home.
The Quaker offense was led by junior Elizabeth Hitti, who scored a goal and added two assists. Other Penn goals were scored by sophomore Elise Tilton, and senior Alex Iqbal.
Columbia’s Christina Freibott was the thorn in the Red and Blue’s side all day as the junior scored all three Lion goals in regulations, earning the hat trick. Freshman Whitney Hartstone scored the game-winning goal for Columbia (9-4, 3-1 Ivy) with Freibott and sophomore Katie Ruesterholz collecting the assist.
Penn (4-7, 1-3 Ivy) trailed 2-1 at the halfway mark, before scoring quickly in the second half, on a nice goal by Iqbal that saw the senior knock a flick pass out of the air and into the back of the goal.
The Quakers would take the lead a little over 10 minutes later on a Hoover pass to Hitti in the center of the circle. Penn would hold the lead until just under two minutes remaining when Freibott scored her third goal of the game, sending the game into overtime.
Penn will take the field again tomorrow against non-conference opponent Longwood at home, with a 12 p.m. start.