The No. 18 American University field hockey team dropped a 2-1 overtime contest to William & Mary in its final non-conference game of the regular season on Sunday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
American (11-5) was awarded the first chance of the day with a penalty corner in the eighth minute. Grace Wilson took the shot from the top of the circle but her try was blocked by the Tribe defense. William & Mary had the next opportunity with Pippin Saunders' shot being blocked. The Tribe earned a penalty corner less than a minute later and was able to convert as Taylor Hodge found the back of the net for the 1-0 lead in the 17th minute.
The Eagles tried to add the equalizer after it was awarded three consecutive penalty corners in the 25th minute, but the William & Mary defense and goalkeeper Cate Johnson came up with the stops to preserve the advantage.
American recorded the first opportunity in the second half, earning a penalty corner in the 39th minute, but Wilson's shot went wide of the cage. The Tribe nearly took a 2-0 advantage in the 41st minute but the Eagles' defense were able to make the stop on Saunders' try. American was able to tie it up in the 45th minute on another corner and Wilson found the back of the net with Rebecca Treharne registering the assist.
The two teams fought for the game-winner through the rest of regulation, with both teams coming up with stops to keep the contest knotted up. Emma Clifton had the final chance of regulation for William & Mary with Ashley Dalisera coming up with the save to send the game to overtime.
The Tribe was able to hold American without a shot in extra time, as it earned four penalty corners and was able to convert on the final one in the 83rd minute with Hodge scoring her second goal of the day for the 2-1 victory.
William & Mary (7-9) held a 14-12 edge in shots with American earning 11 penalty corners in the contest compared to eight for the Tribe. Stephanie Burry made four saves as the starting goalkeeper for the Eagles and Dalisera made four stops in the final two periods.
American closes out the regular season on Saturday, November 2 when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh at 12 p.m.