Smith Powers Bucknell Field Hockey Past Towson, 3-2 in Overtime
Oct. 16, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Mallory Smith (Schnecksville, Pa./Parkland) netted the game-winning goal in overtime, keeping Bucknell field hockey perfect in extra periods as the Bison defeated Towson 3-2 in College Park, Md., on Sunday afternoon. A flurry of late scoring sent the game past regulation where Smith scored her fifth goal of the year and her first game-winner of the season. Bucknell is now 3-0 in overtime in 2011.
Three of the Bison's (5-9) five wins this season have come in extra periods. Each time, the game-winner was scored by a different player, first by Rachel Misko (Morristown, N.J./Madison) against Central Michigan, then by Ellie Riegel (Darien, Conn./Darien) at Lock Haven and now by Smith.
Smith's overtime goal was her second score of the game as she also put the ball in the net just 45 seconds into the game. Bucknell's 1-0 lead held strong for nearly an hour as neither team was able to score again until late in the second half. Janine Kovach of Towson (8-7) tied the contest at one goal apiece as the Tigers took advantage of a scramble in front of the net with 10:25 remaining in the game.
Katie Durkin (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) answered 15 seconds later with a goal of her own thanks to an assist from Vickie Resh (Hamburg, Pa./Hamburg Area). Bucknell then rode its 2-1 lead to the final minutes, looking as if it would end its three-game losing streak outright, but Kovach had other plans. The junior knotted the score for a second time in seven minutes, scoring on a rebound. After combining for three goals in 7:01, neither squad could add another in the final 3:26.
Bucknell and Towson both entered the game 2-0 in overtime with the Tigers' most recent coming on Friday against Appalachian State. In this matchup, however, Smith needed just over three minutes to collect a rebound and put it past Christina Siwiec for the win.
Siwiec (8-7) made five saves before taking the loss in goal for Towson. Erica Perrine (Bridgewater, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) improved to 5-6 on the season, making a career-best nine saves in the process.
Bucknell controlled play in overtime, making things easy on Perrine down the stretch. The Bison did not allow Towson to get off a shot and did not allow a penalty corner after regulation. Bucknell has those two all-important shots in OT that ended in the winning goal. The Bison finished with a 16-13 edge for the entire in the category. Bucknell ultimately had the penalty corner advantage as well, 8-5.
Bucknell will now look to its final two home games of the season, and both will be tough tests. First up is American at noon on Oct. 22 at Graham Field. The Bison will be celebrating Senior Day prior to the game. Bucknell vs. Penn State is then set for 6 p.m. on Oct. 25. That matchup will stream live on Bison Vision at BucknellBison.com.