Christopher Newport Edges St. Mary's Field Hockey in Marathon Game

Christy Bishop
Christy Bishop

Newport News, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland and Christopher Newport University field hockey teams battled for nearly 94 minutes Tuesday afternoon to determine the victor. Christopher Newport outlasted the Seahawks for a 4-3 double overtime triumph in Capital Athletic Conference action.

Senior forward Belle Tunstall (Vienna, Va./James Madison) tallied the game-winning goal with 6:12 left to play in the second extra period. Senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) saved sophomore midfielder Miranda Hept's (Chesapeake, Va./Hickory) shot off the penalty corner and Tunstall was there to put back the rebound to lift the Captains to the win.

CNU (10-5, 2-2 CAC) posted a 55-11 shot advantage (34-7 shots on goal) and 35-5 margin in corners.

Bishop equaled a school single-game record with a career-best 26 saves in today's action, matching the effort of Nichole Downs '02 who had 26 stops against York College of Pennsylvania in 1998. Senior Daniella Hanacek (Rockville, Md./T.S. Wootton) collected two defensive saves while juniors Ally Dahlen (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) and Emily Smithers (Kensington, Md./Walter Johnson) each had one to bolster Bishop's play.

St. Mary's (10-5, 3-2 CAC) efficient offense staked a 2-1 halftime advantage on five shots to the Captains' 16. Dahlen had the Seahawks on the scoreboard first and early as she notched an unassisted goal at 5:06.

Senior captain Olivia Edwards (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) gave St. Mary's a 2-0 lead at 18:04 as Edwards took a feed from sophomore midfielder Brady Wolf (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) for her conference-leading 16th goal of the season.

First-year forward Carol Thompson (Bear, Del./Red Lion) cut the Captains' deficit to 2-1 before intermission as Thompson tallied an unassisted goal at 25:11.

The Captains tied the game at 2 behind first-year forward Alexa Weaver's (Seaford, Va./York) third tally of the season at 41:28. Wolf responded for St. Mary's at 51:19 to retain the lead in the Seahawks' favor, finishing off a pass from junior forward Nina Collins (Clarksville, Md./River Hill).

CNU matched the Seahawks once again as junior forward Taylor Williams (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) found the back of the cage at 56:36.

The Captains looked to get the win in regulation, outshooting St. Mary's 8-0 and posting a 9-0 margin in corners in the final 13 minutes. However, Bishop and the Seahawk defense stood tall, making four saves and blocking two shots.

In the first extra period, CNU notched an 11-2 shot advantage and 3-0 edge in corners but Bishop turned away nine attempts. Junior midfielder Grace Reingruber (Bethesda, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had the Seahawks' only scoring opportunity as Reingruber fired in a shot 30 seconds into OT but was denied by sophomore goalkeeper Bailey Lien (Mechanicsville, Va./Hanover).

Dahlen gave St. Mary's another chance to win the game in the second OT frame as she tried to get one past Lien at 92:28.

Lien helped the Captains to their second consecutive overtime win as she tallied two saves – one save in each OT period – over the course of the game's final 59 minutes.

St. Mary's has a week to regroup before playing its final regular-season contest on Tuesday, October 28th. Next Tuesday, the Seahawks will welcome No. 1 Salisbury University (12-1, 3-0 CAC) to Seahawk Stadium for the final conference matchup of 2014 at 3:00 p.m.

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