October 28, 2012

Field Hockey Falls to Penn, 2-1, in Overtime

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Looking to extend its current winning streak to four games, the Brown field hockey team (6-10, 1-5) came up just short, falling to Penn (9-7, 3-3), 2-1, in overtime on Sunday morning at Franklin Field. 

In the 11th minute of overtime, Penn earned its third corner of the extra frame. Sarah Hasson fired a shot that was stopped by sophomore Shannon McSweeney (Boxborourgh, MA). However, the ball ricocheted to Julie Tahan, who fired it torwards the goal before McSweeney could recover. 

The Quakers opened the scoring at 27:53 when Tahan played a ball in front from outside the circle that Hasson redirected past McSweeney's left.  

The Bears had a chance to tie it about eight minutes into the second half when Mandy Epstein was called for a foul on sophomore Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, MA). The call resulted in a 10-minute yellow for Epstein and a penalty stroke for Brown. However, Carly Sokach made the save on junior Kelsey Grossman (Shavertown, PA) on the stroke and then Penn held its 1-0 lead during the 10-minute man-down situation. 

Shortly after the Quakers returned to full strength, the Bears broke through to tie the game. On a penalty corner with under 15 minutes left, sophomore Clayton Christus (Bernardsville, NJ) moved the ball across the goalmouth to freshman Alexis Miller (Caldwell, NJ). Miller fired a one-timer that beat Sokach to her right, tying the game at 1-1 at 56:10.

Penn got yet another 10-minute yellow with just under 10 minutes to play in regulation, this time Hitti called for the foul. Shorthanded for the second time, Penn was again able to hold Brown off, getting the game to overtime and setting the stage for Tahan's game-winner.

For the game, Penn held a 25-4 advantage in shots, including an 8-0 margin in overtime. The Quakers earned 15 corners in the game, compared to one for Brown. McSweeney finished with 15 saves, while Sokach made three for Penn.

Brown continues action on Saturday, November 3, when it hosts Yale in its 2012 season finale. The game, scheduled to begin at 1:00, will mark the final career contest for senior tri-captain Kelley Harrison (Houston, TX).