September 25, 2013

W&L Field Hockey Falls in Overtime to EMU, 2-1

HARRISONBURG, Va. — In the ninth minute of overtime, Eastern Mennonite's Camille Williams scored the game-winning goal to defeat the Washington and Lee field hockey team, 2-1, in Harrisonburg on Wednesday.

Holding a one-player advantage after a W&L (1-9, 0-3 ODAC) yellow card, the Royals (1-7, 1-0 ODAC) drew a penalty corner at the 77:51 mark. The corner led to Williams collecting the ball in the circle, and flicking it into the corner of the cage at 78:02.

The Royals tallied the first goal of the contest in the fifth minute. Junior attack Jenessa Williams corralled a lose ball in front of the cage, and stuffed it home to give EMU a 1-0 lead. It would be the only score of the opening half with the Generals taking six shots compared to five for the Royals.

The Blue and White recorded the equalizer with 10:42 left in the second. Following a cross, senior midfielder Victoria Van Natten (Towson, Md./Towson) gathered the ball in front of the cage and tapped in her first collegiate goal. The Generals took two more shots in the final 10 minutes, but could not score the go-ahead goal. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Axelrod (Denver, Colo./Kent Denver School) played all 78:02 and made 10 saves, which marked the third time this season she's reached double-digit saves. Senior Mary Beth Danaher stopped six shots in 78:02 for EMU.

Both W&L and the Royals finished with 14 shots, while the Blue and White held an 8-7 advantage in penalty corners. It was the first overtime game for either team this season.

The Generals play at Kean on Saturday at 11:00 am.

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