Cabrini Women’s Field Hockey Team Takes Down College of New Jersey

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Thanks to a goal in extra time from the senior women’s field hockey defense maura tumetlythe Cavaliers beat the 11th ranked University of New Jersey (TCNJ), 2-1 in overtime at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

In the game, which took place on Tuesday, September 13, both teams were aggressive as the ball went down both sides of the field in the first seven minutes. Cabrini added three shots on goal to one by TCNJ. The fourth, however, ended tied 0-0.

TCNJ had multiple scoring opportunities on their offensive end of the field to start the second quarter. With the efforts of Tumetly, senior midfielder olivia simsY sophomore goaltender Courtney Keith, the Cavs took the ball out of their zone. The first 10 minutes of the second quarter were all TCNJ; the Lions had three penalty corners and four shots on goal.

Towards the end of the first half, TCNJ seemed frustrated by the Cavaliers’ stellar defense. The Lions became more aggressive, using their bodies against the Cavaliers. Despite TCNJ’s dominance, the game was tied at scoreless before the half.

Hope was in the air during the Cavaliers’ halftime game

daly ewingjunior forward, said, “After the first half, I think we all believed we could do this.”

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Caroline Gallagher dribbles the ball through the TCNJ defense. Photo by: Thomas Ryan.

The second half started with a possession by the Lions. One minute and 40 seconds of the third quarter, sophia foschini, a junior midfielder for the TCNJ, recorded a green card, giving Cabrini a player advantage. With 3:53 remaining in the third quarter, Kayla Cichlar, a senior midfielder for TCNJ, broke the shutout to put the Lions up 1-0. With one minute remaining, the Cavaliers made a strong drive into TCNJ territory, but couldn’t get the job done.

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In the fourth quarter, with 8:44 remaining, the entire momentum of the game changed. Cabrini had six straight penalty corners and made six shots in a 4:56 period.

After the sixth corner attempt, thanks to Ewing, the Cavaliers finally got one into the back of the cage. According to Morgan McClintock, A second-year midfielder, he felt a change in momentum: “It was a crazy goal and it got us all excited because there were three minutes left and it ensured our chances of winning. I think just as overtime rolled around, we were all fired up.”

There was still time to play in the fourth and the Cavaliers kept the ball on their offensive end for the final minutes of the game. At the end of regulation time, the score was tied 1-1 and headed to extra time.

Sudden death decided the winner and the loser

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Maggie Cella causes a turnover from the TCNJ defender. Photo by: Thomas Ryan.

TCNJ started with the ball in extra time. The Lions made a foray into the Cavaliers’ circle, but the defense responded quickly to the attack. At the other end of the field, Cabrini hit back-to-back corner kicks, resulting in two shots from Caroline Gallagheryouth midfielder and two-time offensive player of the week

After a clutch theft by Tumetly, McClintock finished with a yellow card in the far corner. A minute later, sophie popp, a TCNJ graduate student, earned his own yellow card to even the teams. With 5:11 remaining in overtime, Gallagher shot and was blocked by a defender at TCNJ. The shot was passed through the crease by Maggie Cella, freshman forward, then punched out of the air by Tumetly in the back of the cage. The crowd and team went wild as the Cavaliers roster ran onto the field to celebrate with their scorer.

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The Cavaliers are 7-2 on the season as they prepare for a matchup against the University of Alvernia on Saturday, October 1 at 10 a.m.