PHILADELPHIA – Amanda Fleischut scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lift the 20th-ranked Drexel University field hockey team to Sunday afternoon's 3-2 non-conference victory against 15th-ranked University of New Hampshire at Buckley Field.
UNH, which played its fourth consecutive overtime game and fifth of the season, is now 5-5 overall. The Wildcats are 2-3 in games decided beyond regulation as part of a 2-5 in one-goal games. Drexel improved to 9-3.
Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) tallied a career-high two assists as she set up both UNH goals, which were scored by Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) and Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.). In goal, Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) made seven saves, including one in OT and Drexel counterpart Jantien Gunter stopped seven shots – two in the extra session.
In the opening six minutes of the game, UNH generated a 3-1 shot advantage with one on target by Bozek, one wide by Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.) and a Bozek shot off a penalty corner that also went wide of the cage.
Momentum swung to the other end of the field, where the Dragons' attack produced consecutive corners. Tarbell denied Lauren Hibshman on the first corner but on the next one, Fleischut converted a Rebecca Werner pass into a goal and 1-0 lead at 8:09.
Tarbell kept the 'Cats within one goal when she turned aside Elise Didonato in the 12th minute and on Drexel's next penetration into the circle, Hibshman's shot was blocked by a UNH defender.
New Hampshire turned that into an attack and game-tying goal by Lehman at 17:59. Joyce recorded her third assist of the season on the tally, which was Lehman's second.
The Dragons once again generated back-to-back corners in the 28th minute, but this time shots by both Fleischut and Didonato were blocked aside by the defense.
UNH closed the first half with a flurry to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Off a corner, Bozek's shot was stopped by Gunter but it resulted in another corner for the 'Cats. And once again with Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) as the insert, Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) struck a shot that was stopped by Gunter. The Wildcats controlled the rebound, however, and Joyce slipped a pass to Bozek, who scored her fifth goal of the season to give the visitors a 2-1 lead at 33:06.
The 'Cats were awarded an untimed corner at the end of the first half, but the Dragons blocked Pohlmeyer's shot out of the circle to keep the score 2-1. Drexel held the slight advantage in first-half shots (9-8) and corners (5-4).
Neither team recorded a shot in the opening five minutes of the second half, then Drexel broke through to tie the score, 2-2, on Lindsay McArdle's goal at 41:10.
UNH generated three consecutive corners in a two-minute span (49:04 to 50:45) – the last of which Taylor Rideout (Barrington, R.I.) was the insert – but did not record a shot. The Dragons quickly counterattacked following the last corner, but Tarbell kept the score deadlocked by stopping Fleischut.
Drexel continued to press and earned another corner in the 54th minute in which McArdle was denied by Tarbell. Five minutes later on a corner, Fleischut struck a shot wide of the cage.
New Hampshire called time out at 60:56, at which point the Wildcats had been outshot 5-0 in the second half. UNH began to wrest momentum and generated a corner at 62:13 that led to Bozek's shot, which was blocked. Then on the second of consecutive corners, Joyce's bid was stopped by Gunter at 63:11. Less than 30 seconds later, Joyce was once again denied – this time on a defensive save by Kristen Focht.
DU had the edge in shots (15-11) through regulation, but UNH held a 11-9 differential in corners.
The Dragons had the first scoring opportunity in overtime, but they did not record a shot off a corner in the opening minute. The home team earned another corner two minutes later, but this time Fleischut's shot was directed away by Tarbell.
UNH's attack produced a corner at 74:58, but did not get a shot. One minute later on another corner, Bozek's shot was blocked aside by Gunter. In the 79th minute, Joyce fired a shot on target that Gunter steered away from the cage.
Fleischut ended the game with an unassisted tally at 79:25.
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 5 at home against the University at Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is 3 p.m.