When and Where: September 20, 2017 – Manchester, N.H. (Larkin Field)
Score: Southern New Hampshire University 2, Franklin Pierce University 1 (2OT)
Records: SNHU 5-1 (2-0 Northeast-10), FPU 4-3 (1-1 Northeast-10)
Senior Mikaela Gauvain (Salem, N.H.) redirected a shot to the back of the cage 1:49 into double overtime to account for the second Southern New Hampshire University goal after the final horn of regulation sounded, as the Penmen field hockey team remained unbeaten in Northeast-10 Conference play with a 2-1 victory over Franklin Pierce University.
Gauvain keyed the final play, as she slid the initial pass from a penalty corner out to freshman Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) at the top of the circle. Servais found sophomore Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands) cutting through the right side of the circle, and she ripped a shot along the turf towards the front of the cage. Gauvain was camped out in front, and she won a one-on-one battle with her defender to redirect van der Doorn's shot up and over the Ravens' keeper to cap the stunning comeback.
Southern New Hampshire trailed, 1-0, in the waning moments of the second half before Franklin Pierce was whistled for a penalty corner on the game's final play. The Penmen were unsuccessful in knotting the score, but a second infraction on the Ravens gave the hosts another untimed penalty corner. After the initial SNHU attempt was stopped, sophomore Alison Hildreth (Hampton, N.H.) grabbed a rebound at the right post and flipped a pass to senior Erin Frost (East Andover, N.H.) at the left side of the cage, and she took to whacks at the ball before finally punching it across the goal line to send the game into the extra sessions.
Both teams had golden opportunities to pull out the victory in the first overtime, and they occurred just 21 seconds apart from each other. van der Doorn set up the Southern New Hampshire bid just 1:40 into OT, as she sent a pass from the circle along the right wing to the front of the Franklin Pierce goal. After it evaded the sticks of three Ravens' defenders it ended up with junior Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) on the doorstep, however, her drive was stopped by Meaghan Williams, who rushed out of her cage to make a brilliant sliding save before clearing the rebound.
Franklin Pierce smacked the ensuing clear past the midfield line, where Carly Canavan picked the pocket of a Penmen defender and broke in on junior Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.) alongside Nicole McDowell all alone. Caravan was less than three yards in front of the goal when she looked to find McDowell along the left post, but Rennie pounced into the passing lane to break up the play. Rennie then hopped to her feet and beat Caravan to the ball, where she kicked it away from danger to keep the score knotted at one aside.
The Ravens opened the scoring late in the first half, as they broke a scoreless stalemate at 30:35. Raegan Moulton collected her fourth goal of the year when she smashed a bounding ball through traffic from just inside the circle to put the visitors in front.
Rennie finished the contest with five saves, three of which came in the first overtime session. Williams suffered the setback despite racking up seven saves of her own.
- The Penmen outshot the Ravens by a 20-10 margin, which included a 10-3 edge in the two overtime periods.
- SNHU is unbeaten in its last four overtime contests. Prior to Wednesday's victory, the Penmen posted overtime triumphs in three consecutive games a season ago against Saint Michael's College (Oct. 11), Merrimack College (Oct. 15) and Franklin Pierce (Oct. 19). The three extra-time wins came on the heels of Southern New Hampshire converting on a penalty corner with no time remaining to upset top-ranked LIU Post, 2-1, on October 7.
- Gauvain's goal was the fourth of her career and second game-winning goal.
- Frost's marker was her fifth of the season, and ties the single-season mark in program history set by Amaris Taylor (Tulsa, Okla.) and van der Doorn in 2016.
Southern New Hampshire continues Northeast-10 Conference play on Saturday (Sept. 23) when it makes the trip to Adelphi University for a 4 p.m. faceoff with the Panthers.
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