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Utica Rallies To Drop SLU In Field Hockey

The St. Lawrence University field hockey team took an early lead, but Utica College scored four unanswered goals to edge the Saints 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday evening in the Saints' home opener on North Country Field at Hall-Leet Stadium.

Utica scored the game-tying goal in the 58th minute to force overtime and tallied the winner in the 66th minute when Fiona Shea slid a rebound under Saints' goalkeeper Sydney Giacin as she dove back across the cage.

"We certainly started the game on fire," head coach Fran Grembowicz said. "We came out with a lot of spark and energy and really got the job done. We has some good opportunities to put the ball in the net and some good pressure but then, in the second half, we let down a little bit and they obviously picked up their level of play."

The Saints took the lead in the 8th minute on a penalty stroke goal by junior captain Jackie Reiss, as she lifted the ball into the left side of the cage to make it a 1-0 game.

First-year Mckenzie Haberl extended her scoring streak to three games when she drove home a rebound off a shot from Isabel Thompson in the 15th minute to extend the lead to 2-0.

Late in the second quarter, it was Thompson that pushed the margin to 3-0 with a hard strike through traffic from just inside the circle that beat goalkeeper Megan Chamberlain on the far side of the cage.

Utica cut the deficit to 3-1 just before half with a goal from Sydney Scaccia, and came out strong in the third quarter with an early goal from Ricki Haub to pull within one.

"Defensively, I think we let down a little bit in our circle play. They took advantage of some good opportunities and we weren't quite ready, so that's something we need to work on," Grembowicz explained.

Both the Haub goal and the tying goal from Madeline Krecidlo were set up by slant passes through the defense and a quick push on the far side.

The Saints outshot Utica 8-3 in the fourth quarter and had seven penalty corner opportunities that could have put the game out of reach for the Pioneers, but just couldn't convert.

Overall, Utica finished with a 22-20 edge in total shots and a 17-13 advantage in shots on goal. Giacin made a season-high 13 saves, while Chamberlain stopped eight. First-year Molly Lake also finished with a defensive save on the goal line.

"I think our youth showed a little bit today, so we need to step out there on Saturday with a lot of confidence and know we can play like we did in the first half and learn how to keep that momentum throughout the entire game," Grembowicz concluded.

Records: St. Lawrence (3-5), Utica (2-5)

Up Next: vs. Skidmore on Saturday, September 28 at 2 p.m. on North Country Field at Hall-Leet Stadium

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