Field Hockey Nipped by Columbia in OT, 4-3

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NEW YORK CITY – After winning two games in overtime fashion in recent weeks, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team’s saw its overtime luck ran out on Friday night as Columbia was able to defeat the Quakers in extra time at the Baker Athletics Complex, 4-3.

Liz Cruz scored the winner 12 minutes into extra time for the Lions, taking a cross from Christina Freibott and scoring from the left side. It was Freibott’s third assist of the game.

With the loss, Penn saw its three-game win streak end and fell to 9-3 on the season. The Quakers also are now 3-1 in Ivy League play. Columbia improved to 6-7 overall and is now 2-2 in Ivy play.

Columbia was the first team on the board Friday night, as Lauren Skudalski batted a Leah Matthews shot out of the air on the left side of the goal and put it home in the 16th minute.

Penn responded with the next two goals before halftime, both of them coming from freshman Jasmine Cole. The first came off a penalty corner in the 21st minute, as she took the pass from Emily Corcoran and fired a long shot from the left elbow.

Just 2:39 later, Cole put the Quakers in front with another hard shot from the left side. Alex Iqbal was credited with the assist. Penn was up, 2-1, at the half.

Penn looked like it might put this game to bed less than five minutes into the second half, when Julie Tahan scored an unassisted goal. However, Skudalski re-directed a Freibott shot off a penalty corner in the 52nd minute, and then the Lions took advantage of a man-up situation as Lindsey Walter finished a centering pass from Freibott off another corner with less than nine minutes left in regulation.

Penn had a 19-16 shot advantage on Columbia for the game, and also held a 9-7 edge in corners for the night. In the Quaker goal, Carly Sokach had six saves; she was matched at the other end by Columbia’s Kimberly Pianucci. In addition to her first two goals of the season, Snudalski had a defensive save for the Lions; for Penn, Katelynn Mudgett was credited with a defensive save.

Penn is back at home for its next three games, starting Sunday when the Quakers host Appalachian State at Ellen Vagelos Field. Sunday’s game will be Penn’s second annual “Yellow” game; the Quakers will wear yellow socks, armbands, and headbands as part of its uniform to raise awareness about Osteogenic Sarcoma, the most common type of bone cancer among children, adolescents, and young adults. Faceoff is slated for noon.

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