Field hockey falters in latter minutes to Dickinson and drops 3-2 loss in penalty strokes

Field hockey falters in latter minutes to Dickinson and drops 3-2 loss in penalty strokes

CARLISLE, Pa. – Juniata College field hockey's two goal lead couldn't withstand a late Dickinson College surge, as the Red Devils eventually tied the game in regulation and defeated Juniata in penalty strokes, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon at Biddle Field.

Juniata (10-6) led 2-0 after early second half goals by Kim Amrod (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield) and Shauna Deschenes (Duncannon, Pa./Susquenita). 

Amrod was credited with one of the assists on Deschnes' goal, giving the senior forward 99 points in her career – one shy of the century mark.  Caroline Phillips (Wilmington, Del./Concord) received the other assist on the Deschenes marker.

Deschenes' goal with 20:30 remaining came on Juniata's final shot of the second half. 

Dickinson (5-11) outshot Juniata 8-0 over the final 20 minutes of play, including goals by the Red Devils' Tanya Bellingham and Lauren Kelly. Kelly's goal with 5:22 showing on the clock knotted the game at 2-2, forcing the extra sessions.

The Eagles regained the upper hand offensively in OT, outshooting the Red Devils by a combined 21-1 over 30 minutes of overtime. Juniata was unable to solve Dickinson goalie Katy Schlechtweg, who recorded 26 saves in the game including 20 in the two overtime frames, and the game had to be decided on penalty strokes.

Deschenes and Meghan McGlone (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) converted Juniata's first and fourth penalty strokes of the series, with Bellingham, Katie Mersky, and Alex Boorse finding the back of the cage on their strokes for Dickinson.

Juniata was unable to convert its fifth and final stroke opportunity, allowing Dickinson to post the 3-2 win.

Juniata outshot Dickinson 39-14 over 100 minutes of play, and the Eagles held a slight 18-14 advantage in penalty corner opportunities. Eagle goalie Janelle Howard (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) logged six saves in the Juniata cage.

The Eagles close out the 2011 regular season on Saturday, Oct. 29, when they travel to Scranton, Pa., to face the University of Scranton. Start time is 1:00 p.m.