PHILADELPHIA - For the first time since Sept. 30, the Penn field hockey team lost a game. But the Quakers went down fighting, as they took the undefeated Princeton Tigers into overtime before losing, 2-1, on a late goal. The Tigers finished their season with a 7-0 record in the Ivy League, and clinched the title with two weeks left in the season.
The loss ended Penn's six-game winning streak, as well as their season. With the loss, the Quakers fell to 9-8 overall, and 4-3 in the Ivy League, good for at least a tieof second place.
The game was a defensive battle from the start, as neither team scored in the first half. Both teams took five shots on net, but no one could capitalize on their chances.
With13 minutes left in the game, the Tigers finally got on the board whenHolly McGarvie scored on a penalty corner, off a pass from Sarah Reinprecht.
But the Quakers didn't give up there. In fact, they didn't stop trying until the last seconds of the game. With just seven seconds left in regulation, junior Nicole Black found the back of the net off a pass from defender Nicole Levi. With the game tied, the two teams prepared for overtime.
Thirteen minutes into overtime, Paige Schmidt scored an unassisted goal to lift the Tigers tothe win. Their record is now 11-6 overall.
The Tigers outshot the Quakers 13-9 in the match-up, and also held a 7-5 advantage in penalty corners. Seven Quakers got shots off in the loss. Nina Ferrier and Tracy Statter recorded two each, while Margaretha Ehret, Jamie Calahan, Melissa Black and Nicole Black all had one apiece.
Senior goalie Elizabeth Schlossberg had seven saves to keep Penn in the game, including one in overtime.
The game was the last of a roller-coaster season for Penn. After starting the year 3-7, the team won all six of their games in October, including big Ivy wins over Columbia, Yale, and Brown.