Oct. 7, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -
The Providence College field hockey team held off a furious rally from Northwestern in the second half and came away with a 4-3 victory in overtime on Sunday, October 7 in Evanston, Ill. The Friars took a 3-0 lead into halftime, which they saw evaporate in the second half with three unanswered goals from the Wildcats. The Friars held strong and earned the victory with just 2:11 remaining in the first overtime as sophomore Ali Shover (Camp Hill, Pa.) tallied an unassisted goal during a scrum in front of the cage.
The Friars got on the board 4:28 into the game as freshman Jaime Lipski (Dallas, Pa.) knocked in an unassisted goal during a scrum in front of the cage. PC took a 2-0 advantage 20:35 into the contest as junior Meghan Holden (Worcester, Mass.) connected off a feed from junior Ali Kornfeld (Kingston, Pa.). Kornfeld was credited with the assist as she put a crossing ball into the circle from the right side and Holden one-timed it into the cage. The Friars took their 2-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Providence improved its lead to 3-0 as senior Michalagh Stoddard (Norwood, Mass.) recorded a goal on a direct shot during a penalty corner. Holden and junior Jessica Lane (South Windsor, Conn.) were credited with assists. The goal came at the 41:10 mark.
Northwestern made its first appearance on the scoreboard with 21:47 left in the game as Alison Bullock received a pass at the left post from Courtney Plaster to make the score, 3-1. The Wildcats cut the deficit to one goal (3-2) as Plaster tallied a goal of her own with 14:53 to play off a feed from Cassie Miller. Plaster scored again, unassisted, with 13:52 remaining to tie the game, 3-3. Plaster's equalizer forced overtime, and set up Shover's heroics for Providence College.
Sophomore Rachel Chamberlain
(Branford, Conn.) made five saves in the victory for PC. Katie Lynch and Emily Kyle combined for seven saves in the Northwestern goal.
The Friars return to action on Friday, October 12 against BIG EAST foe Syracuse. The game will be played at the Friar Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex in Providence, R.I. and will begin at 7:00 p.m.