Field Hockey News & Highlights
October 23, 2013
Overtime Unkind: Eagles Fall 4-3
The Eagles came back from a 3-2 deficit to force overtime, but were unable to complete the comeback as the Manhattanville Valiants scored the sudden-victory goal 10 minutes into overtime.
Eastern falls to 1-4 in the Freedom Conference, eliminating them from playoff contention. The Eagles' dynastic run of five consecutive conference championships and 16 straight playoff appearances comes to an end.
Eastern's Danielle Frasca, Jess Jaindl and Lauren Gay all scored in the loss. Sophomore defender Megan Bolton recorded three defensive saves. Keeper Jennifer O'Neill recorded four saves.
Frasca put the Eagles on the board in the 17th minute. She inserted the Eagles' fifth penalty corner to Bolton who took a slap shot. Frasca had set up in front of the left pipe and redirected Bolton's shot into the cage.
The Eagles then increased the lead to 2-0 with great execution in transition. Freshman Hayley Williams intercepted a Valiant's pass near the 25-yard line, worked the ball up the right wing and sent a cross into Jess Jaindl near the right side of the cage which Jaindl promptly finished for her 10th goal of the season.
The Valiants got on the board at the end of the 28th minute. After a restart outside the top of the circle, Manhattanville's Sharon Konfederak, dribbled into the circle and chipped a lob shot that Eastern's O'Neill batted down, but the shot had enough spin on it that it rolled into the goal.
Less than five minutes later the Valiant's tied the game with Rylee McGuire finishing a rebound off the post for her 18th goal of the year.
Manhattanville's leading scorer Amanda DeChent scored her 25th goal of the season in the 46th minute after a Valiant's penalty corner.
DeChent had another chance on a breakaway in the 52nd minute, but was denied by Bolton on the goal line.
The Eagles tied the game 3-3 in the 58th minute. Jess Jaindl attempted a turn-around shot in front of the cage after a pass from Bolton, but was denied. Lauren Gay, however, was there for the long rebound and she slapped the ball in for her fourth goal of the year.
Neither team could find the cage in the rest of regulation and the game had to be settled in overtime.
The Valiants took the first four shots of overtime. Bolton came up big with two defensive saves. Eastern earned two penalty corners in over time, but the resulting shots went wide and then saved.
Manhattanville scored the game-winner in the 80th minute with DeChent receiving the ball near the top of the circle and working her way to the cage and hit a shot on the open cage while falling down.
The Eagles have three games remaining on their schedule. They face FDU-Florham on the road at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
Updated: Wednesday, 23 October 2013