Field Hockey falls to Villanova 3-2 in OT

Holly Burns, Staff Writer

Despite their initial lead, the Bison field hockey team was unable to secure the win against the Villanova Wildcats, falling by a score of 3-2 in overtime on Oct. 6.

Emily Doyle ’22 led the Orange and Blue with two goals on the day, the first coming 2:27 into the first period. Allie Christopher ’20 slipped the ball to Doyle, who was able to keep her composure for the finish.

Villanova tied up the game with a goal early into the second period in response to this initial momentum.

Doyle bounced back with her second goal of the game with one minute remaining in the third period, putting the Bison on top once again. However, the Wildcats fought back and scored in the 55th minute, sending the game into overtime.

The 7v7 overtime was very well matched; however, Villanova was able to edge the Bison with a finish seven minutes into the first period.

“Villanova was a tough competition and even though we lost, it prepared us for what we could face in our upcoming games,” Doyle said. “I am really proud of my team because we worked really hard and have made so much progress!”

Doyle has been on a scoring streak for the last few games, obtaining two goals in each of the last two games. She leads the team with seven goals on the season, ranking second for the most goals a player has scored in the entire Patriot League.

Goalkeeper Olivia Harris ’20 ended the day with four saves on Villanova’s 16 shots.

The Orange and Blue are back in action on Oct. 12 in a Patriot League match. The Bison will face Lehigh at home, and the game is set for noon.

“We are looking forward to our game versus Lehigh especially after having a tough loss against Villanova on Sunday,” Christopher said. “The game taught us a lot of things we can work on and we have had great practices lately so we are excited to get back into league play after a bye week.”

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