Whalley OT Goal Lifts AU to Win

Whalley OT Goal Lifts AU to Win
EASTON, Pa.Lucy Whalley scored in double overtime off a feed from Samantha McCormick to lift 20th-ranked American to a 2-1 victory at Lafayette in a Patriot League field hockey match on Saturday.
 
The Eagles improved to 9-4 overall and stayed a perfect 4-0 in the league. American won its second overtime match in three tries this season.
 
The Leopards lost their third straight match and fell to 7-6 overall and 2-2 in the PL. Lafayette had come into Saturday's match tied for second in the league standings.
 
McCormick sent a pass from the left wing that found Whalley open in front. She sent the game-winner inside the right post with 1:37 gone in the second overtime for her second goal of the season.
 
Lafayette scored first when Amanda Magadan scored off a penalty corner just 5:47 into the match.
 
American tied the score eight minutes into the second half when Natalie Marsh scored in front from traffic from another penalty corner. Angela Virtu earned the assist.
 
"Today we played a great game overall," said AU head coach Steve Jennings. "There was tremendous passing, movement and composure. It was really a great performance by us. Lafayette is a tough team and made us work very hard to get back in the game.
 
"We're really proud of the way we kept our discipline, moved the ball and kept fighting. We had some good chances to win the game in regulation. But their defense stayed strong. We were outstanding in overtime. Lucy made a great finish off an excellent pass from Sam McCormick."
 
AU held a 22-9 edge in shots and a 9-2 edge in penalty corners. AU goalkeeper Maura Jacobs had four saves, while Katelyn Arnold needed 10 in the Lafayette cage.
 
American travels to Drexel for a 2 p.m. match with the Dragons. The Eagles return home on Saturday, Oct. 22 to face Colgate.