St. Mary's City, Md. – Sophomore forward Brady Wolf's (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh School) first goal of the 2014 campaign came at the right time as it lifted the St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey team to a 3-2 overtime season-opening win over Delaware Valley College on Friday afternoon.
Wolf collected the ball at the top of the circle and took a few dribbles inside before sending in a high scoop into the back of the cage for the sudden victory goal just over six minutes into the 15-minute extra period.
Delaware Valley (0-1) outshot the Seahawks by an 18-15 margin and posted an 8-5 edge in penalty corners but senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) stood strong in goal, making 10 stops.
St. Mary's (1-0) claimed a very early lead in the game as senior captain Olivia Edwards (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) deflected a cross from sophomore forward Carly Todd (Crisfield, Md./Crisfield) a mere 14 seconds into the start of the game.
Junior forward Taylor Pritchett (Southampton, Pa./William Tennent) notched the equalizer for the Aggies at 29:35 as Pritchett put in a loose ball at the near post.
The two squads headed into halftime tied at 1-1 as Delaware Valley owned a 9-4 first half margin in shots while penalty corners were equal at three each.
DVC then staked at 2-1 lead at 56:45 as sophomore forward Stefania Swider (Great Meadows, N.J./Hackettstown) knocked in senior captain Kelsey Zook's (Oley, Pa./Oley Valley) pass from the top of the circle.
Edwards struck again at 66:58 for St. Mary's own equalizer as she shot past a rushing Aggie goalie following a pass from first-year midfielder Megan Moore (Gambrills, Md./Arundel).
Juniors Ally Dahlen (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Shannon Litvin (Sayville, N.Y./Sayville) each collected a defensive save to help out the Seahawk defense while junior Emily Aldridge (Hammonton, N.J./Oakcrest) picked up eight stops and senior captain Lydia Spakosky (Lumberton, N.J./Rancocas Valley) added a defensive save for the Aggies.
The Seahawks will be back in action next Saturday, September 6th as St. Mary's travels to Fredericksburg, Virginia to take on Roanoke College at 1:00 p.m. at the University of Mary Washington tournament.
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