HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - For the second-straight game, senior co-captain Kristen Gray scored the game-winning goal to lift the Penn field hockey team to victory against an Ivy League opponent. The Quakers defeated Columbia, 2-1, in overtime on Wednesday evening at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium.
Penn (9-6,3-2)put the first points of the day on the board after 25:02 of action. After the Quakers earned a corner, Gray slipped a pass to Cara Calahan 10 yards out and she nailed it into the back of the cage. The Lions (6-8, 0-5) evened the score 20 minutes into the second half when Diana Day found Kim Branich who shot into the back of the cage.
After almost 13 minutes in overtime, the Quakers scored for the second time on a corner. Calahan earned the corner in front on the net and senior co-captain Lea Salese passed off to Gray on the left side of the cage for the game-winning tally.
Sophomore Melissa Black had an outstanding game on defense, making tackles and keeping the Lions at bay. Junior Elizabeth Schlossberg made five saves in the cage, while Columbia's Kristina George stoped four shots. The Lions outshot the Quakers, 11-9, and held a 7-4 advantage in penalty corners.
The Quakers travel to Providence, R.I. Saturday for an Ivy League showdown with Brown. Faceoff is slated for noon.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications