Mansfield field hockey falls to Houghton
Houghton rallied for a 3-0 deficit late in the second half to pull out a 4-3 win over Mansfield in stroke-off after two overtimes Thursday afternoon at Spaulding Field.
Leading 2-0, it looked as if Mansfield had put the game away when Taryn Schawillie scored her second goal of the afternoon off an assist from Jessi Swingle with just under 17 minutes to play.
But Houghton would score three goals over the final 13 minutes of play, the last coming off the stick of Ashley Engle with less than two minutes remaining in regulation, to tie the game at 3-3 and send the contest into overtime.
In the first overtime, Mansfield got a shot on goal from Kristy Tutorow that was rejected by Houghton's Hillery Duman while Mansfield goalie Kristy Rollman recorded back-to-back saves in the final five minutes sending the game into a second overtime.
Mansfield held a 3-2 shot advantage in the second OT with Kristy Tutorow's shot off a penalty corner going wide as time expired putting the game into a stroke-off.
Houghton (6-4) went first in the stroke-off with Rachel Stefanski scoring and later went up 2-0 on a shot by Colleen Sullivan.
Mansfield closed the gap to 2-1 on a goal by Talena Truitt. After Rollman stopped Houghton's Adria Bridgwood, Tutrow almost tied the stroke off up when she was awarded a penalty swipe in her segment of the stroke-off, but was rejected.
Rollman stopped Hannah Zgrablich's attempt and Mansfield had one last chance to tie the stroke-off, but Brianna Velpec's attempt was deflected off the goalie's pad and her 8-second shot clock expired as she attempted a second shot.
Mansfield took a 1-0 lead when sophomore Jessi Swingle scored her first collegiate goal on a hard shot from 15-yards out in the 28th minute.
That lead held up through halftime and Schawillie scored her first goal of the afternoon seven minutes into the second half off an assist from Brianna Velepec off a penalty corner.
Schawillie's two goals give the junior 13 on the season and 41 in her career. She trails MU career scoring leaders Gretchen Reschke (1999-02) and Kristi Swartz (1999-02) who each scored a school-record 43 goals in their careers.
Mansfield held a 20-15 shot advantage over the 100 minute long game and was awarded 16 penalty corners to Houghton's 8.
Rollman recorded seven saves in goal for the Mountaineers while Duman had 10 stops for Houghton.
Mansfield falls to 5-10 on the season and travels to Shippensburg this Saturday for a critical PSAC West contest.