HANOVER, N.H. – Sophie Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) scored with 8:51 remaining in regulation to force overtime and the University of New Hampshire field hockey team recorded a 9-5 shot advantage in the extra sessions, but it was Dartmouth College that prevailed 3-2 Wednesday night at Scully Fahey Field by outscoring UNH 2-1 in the overtime shootout.
UNH, which has played three consecutive games into the second overtime session, is now 7-7 overall. Dartmouth is 3-7.
With the game tied through 100 minutes of action (both 15-minute overtime sessions), a best-of-five shootout series was held to determine the victor. UNH was denied by Dartmouth goalkeeper Ashley Heist on the first attempt, then Lizzie Bildner scored to put the Big Green ahead 1-0 after one series. Leah Boody (Amesbury, Mass.) converted UNH’s second stroke, but Whitney Waugh was also successful on her shot to keep the home team ahead through two series. Heist stopped UNH’s last three attempts to give DC the win.
UNH goalie Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) made eight saves, including one in each of the overtime sessions. Dartmouth’s Jordan Sedlacek played the entire 100 minutes of field play in goal and made 10 saves, four of which came in the second OT.
Bildner gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead at 29:55 when she redirected Waugh’s shot into the cage.
Cally Cooke (Newburyport, Mass.) scored a penalty-stroke goal for the second consecutive game when she converted on a stroke at 34:08. She was also credited with two defensive saves in the game.
The Big Green regained the lead, 2-1, on an Ashley Hines tally at 43:21, but Ostroski’s drive into the circle from the left wing produced that game-tying goal at 61:09.
UNH immediately opened the first overtime with pressure, but Sedlacek denied Sarah Craigue (Concord, N.H.) and then turned aside a bid by Brooke Bercari (Bordentown, N.J.) off a penalty corner – all within the first minute.
The Wildcats controlled play in the second extra session. Early pressure once again resulted in a Bercari shot that was stopped by Sedlacek and another Bercari shot off a penalty corner that bounced wide of the cage. In the closing minute, another UNH flurry generated a corner that resulted in a shot by Sam Geary (Norwood, Mass.) and another by Shauna Sellenger (Londonderry, N.H.) off that rebound.
Overall, the shots were even at 22. UNH held a 10-4 edge in penalty corners.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 13 (1 p.m.) at the University of Vermont. The Wildcats’ next home game is Oct. 20 (1 p.m.) against America East newcomer Fairfield University.