Grace Wilson scored the game-winner in overtime to send the American University field hockey team to the Patriot League Championship with a 2-1 win over Lafayette on Friday afternoon at Jacobs Field in its Semifinal match.
Lafayette (6-12) notched the first goal of the day with Haley Keenan adding an unassisted tally in the 11th minute, taking the shot from just inside the circle into the right corner of the cage to beat Ashley Dalisera. The Leopards nearly took a 2-0 lead in the 14th minute, but Dalisera made the stop on Amanda Magadan's attempt. Lafayette earned a penalty corner and Brittany Blass had a pair of opportunities but was unable to convert.
American (13-5) knotted it up at 1-all in the 25th minute. Shelly Montgomery took the first shot and Jessica Deutsch made the save, but Alex McMackin was there to put away the rebound. Lafayette had the final chance of the first half with Jenna Seybert's shot being blocked by the Eagles' defense.
The Leopards held a 5-2 advantage in shots and earned three penalty corners in the second half, but Dalisera was able to come up with a pair of saves to keep the game tied and send it to overtime. Lafayette tallied the final chance of regulation, but Kelsey Mead's attempt was blocked before reaching the cage.
American earned a pair of penalty corners in the 75th minute. Carly Atchison inserted and Montgomery trapped the ball at the top of the circle, dishing it to Wilson on the right who put it away on the second corner for the 2-1 win.
The Leopards held an 11-5 advantage in shots and 5-3 edge in penalty corners for the game. Dalisera made four saves as the starting goalkeeper.
The top-seeded Eagles advance to the Patriot League Championship against No. 2 Boston U. tomorrow, Saturday, November 9 at 1 p.m. at Jacobs Field. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.