PHILADELPHIA - On an historic day at Ellen Vagelos Field, the University of Pennsylvania field hockey team provided tons of drama before finally outlasting Dartmouth, 3-2, in double overtime.
The win was the Quakers’ ninth in a row, the first nine-game win streak in program history, and they improved to 9-1 on the season, 3-0 in Ivy League play (with all three wins coming in extra time). Dartmouth fell to 4-6 overall, 0-3 in Ivy play.
Penn put itself behind the eight-ball early in the first overtime, when Claire Kneizys received a yellow card and put her team down for five minutes. The Quakers overcame that, and looked like they had a victory in hand when Elise Tilton drew a penalty stroke in the Dartmouth circle. However, Alexa Hoover mishit her shot, and it was easily saved by the Big Green keeper, continuing the game.
The winner came with just 1:17 left. Tilton drove into the circle, made a nice spin move that put her on the doorstep. Her wrist shot was saved by the Dartmouth keeper -- her 13th save of the game -- and the ball squirted to the left. Hoover retrieved it and fired the ball across the goalmouth. Tilton was alone at the far post and got her stick on it, re-directing it inside the far post for the winner. It was Tilton’s second game-winning goal in as many weeks.
Penn’s first goal came off the stick of Hoover, her 21st of the season which set the program record for goals in a season. The sophomore's tally broke the mark of 20, set originally by Liz Lorelli in 2003 and matched by Hoover on Monday.
That goal stood for more than 30 minutes, before Dartmouth stunned the Quakers with a goal off a penalty corner. (At that point, Penn held a comfortable lead in shots and corners.)
Penn regained the lead with 12:42 left, when Selena Garzio finished a nice give-and-go with Gina Guccione off a penalty corner, and then Guccione nearly made it 3-1 when she rang a shot off the post. Instead, the Big Green answered for the second time with just 4:54 left in regulation, forcing overtime.
Penn is on the road for its next three matches, starting next weekend when the Quakers are at Columbia on Friday and Bucknell on Sunday. Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., while Sunday’s match will face off at noon.
Alexa Hoover poses with the ball from her 21st goal of the season.
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