Flatley's Overtime Goal Lifts No. 19 Field Hockey Past No. 22 Albany, 2-1
DURHAM, N.H. – Casey Pohlmeyer (Millersville, Md.) scored a goal with 20 seconds remaining in regulation and Meg Flatley (Townsend, Mass.) scored at 6:29 of overtime to lift the 19th-ranked University of New Hampshire field hockey team to Friday afternoon's 2-1 America East victory against 22nd-ranked University at Albany at Memorial Field.
UNH, which played into overtime for the fifth consecutive game, improves to 6-5 overall and 2-0 in America East. Albany, which has now lost consecutive meetings to the Wildcats for the first time since the 2001-03 seasons, is now 5-7, 0-2.
Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) made seven saves, including four in the first half and one in the second minute of OT that extended the game. UA counterpart Kristi Troch was not credited with a save.
With 90 seconds remaining in regulation, the visiting Great Danes limited UNH's eighth-ranked offense to three shots and two penalty corners. The Wildcats generated a corner with one minute remaining and the direct shot from the top of the circle was blocked, but a second corner was awarded with 30 seconds to play.
Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) inserted the ball to the top of the circle, where Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) swing the ball to the top-left side for Pohlmeyer, who struck a low shot inside the right post to tie the score, 1-1, at 69:40.
UA pressured in the opening minutes of the sudden-victory 15-minute extra session. Daphne Voormolen, from the top-left side of the circle, sent a diagonal shot wide of the far post. Less than a minute later, Jordyn Homyak blasted a waist-high shot from the top of the circle towards the right post, but Tarbell shuffled to her left and utilized her blocker to deflect the ball wide.
New Hampshire finally pushed the ball into the circle in the 77th minute as Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) drove along the right end line, drew Trochi from the post and centered a pass to Flatley, who swept the ball into the open cage to end the game at 76:29.
Neither team recorded a shot or corner until the Wildcats earned a corner midway through the first half, and that produced a shot off Bozek's stick that was blocked wide left of the cage by a Great Danes' defender.
Albany generated its first shot in the 21st minute, when Voormolen drove deep on the right side and fired a shot that Tarbell kicked aside with her extended right leg. One minute later at the other end of the field, Lynne Lehman (Landisburg, Pa.) made a sweeping attempt at a loose ball in the middle of the circle, but the ball rolled wide of the left post.
With just under eight minutes remaining in the half, Kelly Bonner controlled a lifted pass over the UNH defense and touched the ball past a defender to create a 1-on-1 with Tarbell, who denied Bonner's blast with a blocker save. One minute later, UA generated a corner in which Corrine McConville, on a direct shot, hit a rolling ball towards the left post that was knocked aside by a diving Tarbell.
The defensive battle was scoreless at halftime with UA holding a 4-2 shot advantage; corners were even, 1-1.
The Great Danes struck early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead. Echo Bretz maneuvered past a defender on the left side, charged the cage and placed a low shot inside the far post at 36:00.
Two minutes later, the visitors were awarded their second corner of the game. Jessica Longstreth inserted the ball to the top-left side, where Voormolen's shot was redirected in front by Bonner over the crossbar.
In the 43rd minute, UNH finally penetrated the circle as Flatley drove on the left end line and lifted a close-range shot wide of the near post.
Albany generated a corner in the 50th minute and Longstreth, who inserted the ball into play, received a return pass low on the left side and struck a shot into Tarbell's leg pads.
UNH called time out at 50:24, but it was the Great Danes who continued to attack. Three minutes later on another corner, Voormolen's low, hard shot from the top-left was stopped by Tarbell.
Albany called a timeout at 55:54 and earned its fourth corner of the half at 58:35, but McConville's direct shot was blocked wide right by the charging Erler. The Wildcats did not yield another shot the remainder of regulation.
UA recorded the overall edge in both shots (12-6) and corners (6-4).
New Hampshire returns to action Oct. 7 (1 p.m.) at fifth-ranked University of Virginia. The Wildcats' next home game is Oct. 12 (3 p.m.) vs. the University of Vermont.