Field Hockey Loses Overtime Heartbreaker to Cornell, 3-2

PHILADELPHIA - In the first Ivy League match of the season, Cornell's Catie De Stio netted her third goal of the evening just 22 seconds into the overtime period to give the Big Red their fifth straight win. Penn's valiant comeback from a 2-0 deficit, led by Sarah Hasson and Katie Rose, fell just short of capturing the win.

The Quakers' aggressive play stifled Cornell's previously dominant offense -- in the Big Red's previous four games, they outshot their opponents 91-16. Penn's defense picked away the ball from the Big Red at nearly every scoring opportunity, forcing much of the first half to be spent around midfield, as the both defenses halted any advances.

However, Cornell managed to break through at the ten minute mark when they fired the ball from outside the circle directly at the cage. Penn's keeper, Kieran Sweeney kicked it away, but De Stio was right there to deflect it in for a 1-0 lead.

The next goal did not transpire until the 39th minute, when De Stio tallied her second goal of the night on a slow roller past Sweeney. As Cornell's attack neared the goal, Sweeney charged out to make the save, but De Stio pushed the ball just past the keeper and into the back of the cage.

Down 2-0, Penn did not give up. Five minutes later, Hasson scored her first career goal when she slapped in a shot past goalie Melanie Jue on the right side.

The Quakers sustained their tenacious defense and contained the Big Red, while they developed their offensive game. With just under three minutes remaining in regulation, Rose kept the game alive, netting her first goal of the season. Rose tapped in Warner's shot off a penalty corner to tie the game at two.

Cornell's De Stio got one last shot on goal with five seconds remaining in the half, but Sweeney made the save to send the game into an extra stanza. However, De Stio made quick work of overtime when she singlehandedly weaved her way through the defense and knocked the ball into the back of the cage.

With the tough loss, the Quakers fall to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in Ivy League play. Cornell improves to 5-0 and 1-0 in the conference.

Penn returns to action Wednesday, facingVillanova at 7:15 p.m. on Franklin Field.