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NEW YORK – The Columbia field hockey team’s upset bid was denied after Joely Helder scored in the 84th minute to give No. 21 Saint Joseph’s a 4-3 overtime victory Sunday. The Lions (4-4) overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half, thanks to goals from Maeve Doherty and Jennifer Trieschman, but saw its four-game winning streak snapped.
“Of course we’re disappointed we couldn’t come away with a win today, but I’m incredibly proud of our team,” head coach Caroline Nelson-Nichols said. “I think they stepped to the plate today and played the hockey they are capable of playing. It’s really nice to see us come together in this second phase of our season. Overall, we showed huge heart today.”
Columbia outshot the Hawks (8-2), 17-14, for the game and drew nine penalty corners.
The two teams traded goals just 46 seconds apart in the eighth minute when Doherty’s blast off a corner found the back of the cage to give the Lions a 1-0 advantage. The Hawks went to work after the restart when Anna Willocks raced down the left side and reverse swept the ball to Emily Peters, who redirected the pass in from short range on the right side.
Both squads dug in defensively over the next 20 or so minutes of play. Saint Joseph’s broke the deadlock with a pair of goals from Emily Henry in a span of four minutes. Henry worked her way to the left end line of the offensive area and flicked a shot that curled
Just like its game yesterday, Columbia scored very quickly in the second half, using Doherty’s seventh tally of the season off another set piece to pull within 3-2.
Goalkeeper Katie Dempsey kept it that way with two big saves in the 43rd and 45th minutes as the Lions picked up the pace on the attack. Columbia’s hard work paid off in a big way in the 50th minute when Danielle Buttinger’s shot went through a defender and behind the Hawks’ goalie for Trieschman to tie things up. The goal marked the first collegiate tally for the sophomore from Houston.
The Lions kept the pressure on, drawing four corners and firing five shots on goal in the final 20 minutes of regulation, but Saint Joseph’s recorded two defensive saves and netminder Victoria Kammerinke turned away the other three attempts to keep it tied up.
In overtime, the Hawks’ Kathrin Bentz prevented a slow roller from getting behind the line for another defensive save and Lauren Crane was denied by Kammerinke in the 76th minute. On a breakout with under two minutes remaining, Monica Tice received a pass at the upper right of the circle and Joely Helder put her stick down to redirect the ball in just before a supreme diving effort from Doherty to knock it away.
Dempsey finished the contest with five saves. Doherty has a six-game point scoring streak with her two tallies.
Columbia returns to Ivy League action next Saturday, September 30 at Cornell. Game-time is set for 12 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.