Oct. 28, 2011
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. - Senior Therese Doyle scored with 3:40 seconds left in regulation to tie the game, but the Saint Joseph's field hockey team dropped a gut-wrenching 2-1, double-overtime decision at Lock Haven on Friday afternoon.
Lock Haven (9-10 overall, 2-3 Atlantic 10) took a 1-0 lead late in the first half as Kristi Shepps dove after a pass from Leslie Ahern and tucked it into the cage for the advantage.
In the closing minutes of the second half, Saint Joseph's (5-11 overall, 0-5 Atlantic 10) finally broke through as Doyle converted on a penalty corner feed from Theresa Testa to knot the game at a goal apiece. The Hawks earned three corners in succession and the third time was the charm as the senior tallied her career-high seventh goal of the season.
The Hawks dominated the run of play in the first overtime, securing three penalty corners, but were not able to score a winner. Goalkeeper Liz Messaros came up huge midway through the stanza when Lock Haven's Kimberly Mooney went in on goal all alone; Messaros made a sprawling save to keep the Lady Eagles at bay.
Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, Ahern came through on the first shot of the second overtime, flashing across the front of the cage and sliding home the game-winning goal.
Messaros made 10 saves in goal for the Hawks, while Lindsay Staufenberg made three for Lock Haven.
The Hawks will close out the season on Sunday afternoon with a 1:00 p.m. matchup against Saint Louis. Before the game, Saint Joseph's will honor its graduating seniors in the annual Senior Day ceremony.