September 25, 2011

Field Hockey Falls In Overtime To No. 14/11 Maine, 3-2

Kaitlyn Notarianni (Clarks Summit, Pa.) and Ashley Gradwell (Fogelsville, Pa.) both scored while Nicole Lewis (East Amherst, N.Y.) had 20 saves but the Quinnipiac field hockey team lost to nationally-ranked No. 14/11 Maine, 3-2, at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Field in Hamden, Conn. The Bobcats go to 6-3 on the season while Maine wins its 10th straight game to improve to 10-1 on the year.

Lewis had an incredible game for the Bobcats, turning in her fourth double-digit save effort of the season and first 20-save outing of her career. The senior keeper stopped 10 shots on goal in each half, and one of the two she saw in overtime. 

Notarianni scored the game's first goal, in the second half, to break a 0-0 tie and give the Bobcats a one-goal lead. The ball was knocked loose just below midfield where the speedy Notarianni was able to pick it up and take-off on goal. Maine's Alicia Frisch challenged Notarianni, but the senior forward dribbed around the Black Bears' keeper and deposited her fifth goal o the season into the back of the cage. 

Ten minutes later, Maine's leading goal-scorer Stephanie Gardiner tied the game when she dribbled through traffic and fired a shot to the far post to beat Lewis. Maine's Alexa Binnendijk scored her ninth goal of the season four minutes later on a corner with a blast from the top of th he circle.

Trailing by a goal, Gradwell lined up for a penalty corner with less than three minutes to play. She found the stick of insertor Megan McCreedy (White River, South Africa), who set up Notarianni. Notarianni played the ball back to McCreedy, who put a shot on goal. Frisch blocked the shot, but the ball trickled down between her pads where Gradwell was waiting to poke the rebound past Maine's keeper and tie the game, 2-2. 

In overtime, it was Maine's all-time leading scorer, Kelly Newton, who ended the game just 46-seconds into the extra frame. Newtown found herself all-alone with Lewis and was able to flip a shot past Lewis after the senior keeper stopped her first attempt. Newton was also credited with an assist on Binnendijk's goal. 

Quinnipiac will have a week off after its thriller against Maine and will travel to Lafayette on Sunday, Oct. 2. The Bobcats will then head to Providence, R.I. to play Brown on Tuesday, Oct. 4 before returning home on Friday, Oct. 7 to host Robert Morris for its 2011 Northeast Conference opener at 3:30 p.m. at the Quinnipiac Field Hockey & Lacrosse Turf Complex.