It has often been said (perhaps too often) that ‘it ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” Such was the case for the women’s field hockey team on Saturday, when the ‘Jackets defeated the College of Wooster Fighting Scots in sudden death overtime. After an exciting series of ups and downs, the Yellowjackets pulled away with a 4-3 win.
Coming off a dominating defeat of Elmira College, the ‘Jackets entered the game ready to take control. They took an early lead with a goal from junior forward Amanda Case approximately seven- and-a-half minutes into the game, and yet another by freshman forward Allison Beardsley just three minutes later, bringing the score to 2-0. Unfortunately for UR, this marked the end of scoring for quite a while.
Over the next 12 minutes, the Scots scored three times to pull ahead, 3-2. Despite the fact that UR controlled the ball for most of the game, the score remained at this mark throughout nearly the rest of the regulation.
It seemed as though the College of Wooster was going to take the win when, with only a little over nine minutes remaining in the second half, Case scored her second goal of the game off an assist from junior forward Lara Bucarey to notch the score at 3-3.
Once into sudden-death overtime, the Scots once again seemed as though they were going to take home the win, as there was a clear chance inside the circle after a penalty corner on the ‘Jackets, but the shot went just wide, once again giving UR a chance to come back.
About halfway through the extra period, Case went for the hat trick. Her shot was deflected, but junior defender Christi Bottcher was there to pick up the rebound and sent the ball into the top of the net for the win.
Bottcher’s game-winning goal brought her a total of three overall in four games, and Case has scored three, as well. Bucarey has assisted three goals and scored two.
In the season opener, the SUNY Geneseo Blue Knights were no contest for UR, as the team pulled aheadwith a goal from freshman forward Anna Dobrzynski just over three minutes into the game.
This trend continued, and the Yellowjackets held a shutout for over 50 minutes of the game. The Blue Knights responded with a goal midway through the second half, but their attempt was not enough.
In the game against the Elmira Soaring Eagles, Bottcher scored early on a penalty corner. Elmira responded, but was only able to muster one goal, and UR went on to score two more, easily winning, 4-1. Goals came from Bottcher, Case, Beardsley and freshman defender Shayna McKie.
Last night, the ‘Jackets looked to improve their record to four wins when they faced the Nazareth College Golden Flyers, but were unable to gain ground. Nazareth picked up its first win of the season in a 1-0 victory over the ‘Jackets.
The game turned out to be a defensive battle. Neither team scored throughout the entire first half, and UR had no shots on goal through the first half.
The Golden Flyers’ defense was at its best, as UR was only able to make two shots on goal as opposed to its opponents four. Midway through the second half, Naz finally broke the deadlock, when a goal made it through the pipes.
This win brought Yellowjackets to 3-2 overall, with their other defeat coming in the form of a shutout from SUNY Cortland on Wednesday, Sept. 3. They will face Utica College at 7 p.m. in Fauver Stadium for the second ‘Fill Fauver” event of the year. On Wednesday, they will take on Haughton College at 7 p.m., also at home.
Philbrick is a member of the class of 2009.