NEW YORKJoely Helder tipped a long pass into an empty cage deep into overtime to give the 21st-ranked Saint Joseph’s field hockey team a 4-3 win over Columbia at the Columbia Field Hockey Stadium on an unseasonably hot Sunday afternoon.  Freshman Emily Henry bagged a pair of goals on the afternoon as well.

In the final two minutes of overtime, the Hawks had the ball in transition and moved toward the offensive zone.  Junior Monica Tice sent a long ball across the arc and Helder got a stick on the ball to re-direct it into the cage for her second goal of the season and a well-earned victory.

Columbia (4-4) took an early lead as Maeve Doherty opened the scoring on a corner seven minutes into the game.

Saint Joseph’s (8-2) quickly equalized, however, as freshman Emily Peters notched her second goal in as many games on a feed from junior Anna Willocks just 45 seconds later to knot the game at a goal apiece.

Henry put the Hawks ahead with 5:40 to go in the frame as she chased down a loose ball and whipped it into the top corner from a tough angle to give SJU the lead.  She then doubled the advantage with less than two minutes to go in the half, grabbing a rebound and lofting it over Columbia goalkeeper Katie Dempsey to make it 3-1 heading into the break.

Doherty got the Lions back within a goal three minutes into the second half, converting her second of the day on another corner to make it 3-2.  Jennifer Trieschman then leveled the game for Columbia with 20:55 to go.  The Lions remained on the front foot for the rest of regulation, including earning three consecutive penalty corners, but sophomore Victoria Kammerinke came up with a save and Tice added a defensive save to keep the Lions off the board.

The game would remain tied heading into overtime.  Columbia had the lion’s share of the opportunities early in the extra frame, but Kammerinke made a huge save on a corner to keep things going.  With the clock ticking down in overtime, Helder found the cage with the game-winner to give the Hawks the win.

Kammerinke finished with nine saves on the day, while Dempsey made five for the Lions.

“Credit to Columbia for challenging our defense and coming out strong both halves,” head coach Lynn Farquhar said.  “This game had a lot of tempo changes, which I would have liked to see us control better.  There were moments of quality Hawk hockey and we need to play this standard for an entire 70 minutes. We did step back up to possess and finish in overtime. At the end of the day our players group found a way; we take great pride in that mentality.” 

Saint Joseph’s returns to Atlantic 10 play on Friday with a key matchup at VCU.  Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. at Cary Street Field.

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