hiladelphia – No. 20 Drexel Field Hockey defeated No. 15 New Hampshire, 3-2, in overtime at Buckley Field on Alumni Day. Senior captain Amanda Fleischut led the attack with an assist and two goals including the game-winner in the 79th minute of play. The Dragons held an 18-13 advantage in shots, while the Wildcats earned 13 penalty corners to Drexel's 11. The win improves the team to 9-3 overall and 5-0 at home.
Drexel opened the game with intensity drawing three offensive penalty corners in just eight minutes of play. At 26:51, sophomore back Rebecca Werner carried the ball off of the corner formation slipping the ball to her left to Fleischut. Fleischut flicked the incoming pass over opposing goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell's left blocker to give the Dragons an early 1-0 lead.
With 17 minutes remaining in the first half, New Hampshire's Kellie Joyce broke through the middle of the field dishing a long pass to teammate Lynne Lehman. Sophomore goalkeeper Jantien Gunter dove across the goal line just missing Lehman's shot with the end of her stick. New Hampshire took a 2-1 lead with less than two minutes before halftime. The Wildcats' Megan Bozek scored off of a penalty corner. The Dragons led in shots, 9-8, in the first.
Just over six minutes into the second half, Drexel standout Amanda Fleischut went on a fast break and worked the ball into the Wildcats' circle. Fleischut split two defenders before putting the ball to open space. Lindsay McArdle made a diving shot on goal to tie the game. At 63:11, Drexel's Gunter made the initial save off the Wildcats' second straight corner attempt before Kellie Joyce recovered the rebound. Joyce looked to have an open look, until Kristen Focht made a defensive save to keep the game tied, 2-2. Drexel and New Hampshire both created plays inside the circle, but neither team was able to put points on the board extending the game into overtime.
At 79:25, senior Amanda Fleischut chipped the ball over the goalkeeper's right shoulder to bring the exciting game to an end, 3-2. The game marks the Dragons third overtime victory of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Jantien Gunter made six stops for Drexel. She now has 56 saves on the season.
The Dragons will travel to William and Mary on Friday, October 5 followed by Old Dominion on Sunday.