DURHAM, N.H.. -- Tina Bryson scored with 27 seconds remaining in the first overtime session to lift the University at Albany field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 3-2 America East overtime victory against the University of New Hampshire at Memorial Field.
With Albany trailing 2-1 at the half, Bryson tied the score at 41:58 when she redirected Alexis Johnson's centering pass from the right corner into the cage. Regulation ended with the teams tied at 2, forcing the 15-minute overtime session.
Bryson gathered the ball outside the circle on the right wing and drove to the end line. She then cut to the middle of the circle and pushed the ball inside the left post to give Albany its first-ever win vs. UNH (the Wildcats had been 2-0 vs. the Great Danes) at 84:33.
UNH starting goalkeeper Christine Buckley (Walpole, Mass.), who exited with 17:58 remaining in the second half and reentered at the start of overtime, made eight saves and allowed three goals in 66:35. Margaux Shute (Norridgewock, Maine) held Albany scoreless on one save. Barbara Czaplinski went the distance for Albany and was credited with two saves.
The Great Danes (6-8 overall, 2-1 America East) took a 1-0 lead at 19:41 when Buckley stopped the initial shot by Johnson from the middle of the circle, but Kristen Holder was in front to score off the rebound.
New Hampshire scored goals 2:01 apart to take a 2-1 lead. The tying goal at 22:00 was scored off a penalty corner. From the top of the circle, Emily Colton (Milton, Mass.) pushed the ball wide right to Brittany Schneider (Middletown, Md.), whose low shot went inside the far post. The Wildcats were awarded a penalty stroke at 24:01 and Caitlin Gillen (New Preston, Conn.) fired a high shot inside the left post to give the 'Cats a 2-1 advantage.
UNH (2-13, 0-3) returns to action at home Oct. 17 vs. Vermont. Game time at Memorial Field is 1 p.m.