NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale scored 1:22 into overtime to defeat the Columbia Field Hockey team 3-2 on Saturday, October 30. Julia Garrison and Leti Freaney each scored for the Lions, while Christie O'Hara had a spectacular game in goal, making a season-high 13 saves.
"It was a physical battle for 70 minutes," said head coach Marybeth Freeman. "We knew Yale would use the energy of their last home game to set the tone, but after we settled down, I'm happy with how we controlled the latter part of the first half. In the second half, we got away from the quality of hockey we have shown throughout the season. Though at times, there are going to be external factors out of the athletes' control, as a team we need to focus on our skills, play our style of hockey, and look to see how each person can contribute."
O'Hara stopped the first three shots she faced in the game, but the Bulldogs eventually broke through at 20:43 to take a 1-0 lead. Mary Beth Barham set up a breakaway for Kirsten Krebs who beat O'Hara for the early lead.
The lead was short-lived, however, as Freaney picked up her second goal of the season at the 28:10 mark. Freaney received a pass from Gabby Kozlowski and beat Katie Bolling to the corner to even the score at 1-1.
Three minutes later Garrison collected a pass from Desi Scherf off a corner and fired a shot through traffic to put Columbia ahead 2-1 with 3:24 remaining in the opening half.
Yale came out of the halftime break on the attack, but O'Hara kept the Lions in the game by making 10 second half saves. The Bulldogs had a corner at 48:48 and had a flurry of four shots in a 30 second span, but O'Hara stood strong, turning aside all four shots to preserve the Lions' 2-1 lead.
Half way through the second half, Yale picked up another corner and Erin Carter got off a shot. After O'Hara made the initial save, Maddy Sharp collected the rebound and slipped it past O'Hara to knot the score at 2-2 at 52:06.
Neither team managed to score in the remaining 18 minutes, forcing the game to overtime. The Bulldogs needed just 1:22 to sneak one past O'Hara for the sudden-victory win.
For the game, Yale outshot Columbia 22-11 and had 13 corners compared to the Lions' six.
"We have one game left to really show how far we have come this season, and I'm looking forward to it," added Freeman.
Columbia (9-7, 2-4 Ivy League) will close out the season on the road next week when it travels to Cambridge, Mass. for a 1 p.m. game at Harvard.