DURHAM, New Hampshire – New Hampshire scored two goals in the fourth quarter to force overtime and won overtime 3-2 against the Columbia field hockey team on Sunday. The Lions (7-7) took a 2-0 lead in the half, but the Wildcats played a solid 30-minute final to secure the comeback victory.
Columbia scored a pair in the second quarter to cap off a strong first half. Ellie Decker, who returned to action yesterday against Dartmouth, found space in the middle and fired a low shot into the right side of the cage to put the Lions ahead in the 22sd minute. Less than two minutes later, Decker shuffled a pass to his right and found Jeannine Turgeon, who converted the odds for his first career tally.
The second half saw New Hampshire come out with renewed focus. A strong game from the goalkeeper Alexa conomikes and the Lions backline held it 2-0 after three quarters, but the Wildcats continued to dictate play in the fourth.
In the 49e minute, Ava Mariani was able to pick up speed on the right side and crossed a pass to Tia Raspante. Rasponte found himself head to head with Conomikes and found the back of the net to cut the deficit in half. The Wildcats leveled things off with a corner kick in the 55e minute when Bloem van den Brekel snatched a shot from a free kick.
Van den Brekel struck again with just 21 seconds left in the extra session with an unstoppable reverse chip shot at the top of the circle that just slipped under the crossbar and gave the Wildcats a senior day triumph.
Columbia will end its road trip with a game against New Hampshire on Sunday, October 24. Game time is set for 2 p.m. on AmericaEast.TV.
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