Sunday, August 26, 2012

#19 UAlbany Field Hockey Defeats Delaware, 3-2, in Overtime Shootout

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Newark, Del. - Jessica Longstreth and Corrine McConville each converted shoot-out goals to lead #19 UAlbany to a 3-2 win over Delaware in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday afternoon at Rullo Stadium.

The game got out to a quick start, with Delaware netting the first goal just eight minutes into play, as Jackie Coveleski tipped a shot by Clare O'Malley into the cage past UAlbany goalkeeper Kristi Troch. The Blue Hens doubled their advantage three minutes later, as Troch made a save on a Delaware shot that resulted in a penalty stroke opportunity. Kelsey McKee converted the stroke to put the Blue Hens up, 2-0. UAlbany responded, getting two quick shots and a penalty corner. Longstreth collected a rebound from McConville's initial shot to close the gap to 2-1 in the 14th minute.

UAlbany tied the game at 2-2 just 46 seconds into the second half. Liza Morgan had the ball in front of the cage and slipped it past Delaware goalkeeper Sarah Scher for the unassisted tally. The teams played the remainder of the second half with the 2-2 score and moved onto overtime. The Great Danes controlled the overtime period, outshooting Delaware, 4-1, but were unable to find the back of the cage. With the score still knotted at 2-2, the game moved to a second overtime, again controlled by UAlbany, who managed four penalty corners and nine shots, but could not convert a score.

After 100 minutes of play, the two teams moved to a shoot out. UAlbany came out on top, 2-0, in the shoot out period, with Longstreth and McConville's attempts finding the back of the cage. The Great Danes outshot the Blue Hens, 32-13 in the game, and had an 11-4 advantage in penalty corners. Troch made four saves in the cage for UAlbany, while Scher made 15 saves, including stopping all nine of UAlbany's shots in the second overtime for Delaware (0-2).

UAlbany will return to action on Friday, hosting Hofstra in the home opener at Alumni Turf Field at 1 p.m.

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