No. 19 American University Field Hockey Bounces Back defeating Lehigh 6-5 in Double Overtime

No. 19 American University Field Hockey Bounces Back defeating Lehigh 6-5 in Double Overtime

Oct. 21, 2006

WASHINGTON - Four different Eagles' players scored a goal in American's 6-5 double overtime victory against Lehigh on the road Saturday.

American controlled the play early racking up numerous shots and sending four goals past Lehigh goalkeeper Stephanie Palmieri (Blue Bell, Pa. Wissahickon) before the first stanza ended.

With just over four minutes into the game, sophomore Jesika Pufnock (Reading, Pa./Exeter) scored her second goal in four games to give the Eagles a quick lead. Not content with a one-goal lead, Denise Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College) was on the receiving end of a penalty corner and notched her first of two goals on the day, with Savannah Graybill (Ephrata, Pa./Cocalico) and Anne-Meike DeWiljes (Hannover, Germany/Humboldschule Hannover) getting credit on the assists. Just short of a minute later, Infante tallied two more points giving AU a three-goal advantage with only 18:44 into the game.

Before the whistle blew to end the first half, both goalkeepers saw more action, starting with Lehigh's Palmieri. American's Camila Infante scored an unassisted goal to put the Eagles up 4-0. Down by four with fewer than 10 minutes remaining, the Mountain Hawks finally got on the bored.

After Lehigh was awarded a penalty corner, sophomore Kara Zweizig deflected home a drive by junior Christy Smith for her fifth goal of the season.

American out shot Lehigh 8-3 in the first 35 minutes but the Mountain Hawks held a 3-1 advantage in penalty corners.

With a 4-1 lead into the second half, Savannah Graybill notched her first goal of the game to extend AU's lead to four. Just as things looked comfortable for American University, Lehigh took over, scoring four consecutive goals and eventually sending the game into overtime.

The Mountain Hawks held a 14-5 advantage in penalty corners, and did not these opportunities go to waste, scoring three of their five goals from set pieces. Lehigh was able to send the game into overtime by connecting on their eleventh penalty corner of the game with less than 10 seconds to play in regulation time.

After a scoreless first overtime, the Eagles found the back of the net. Holding a 9-4 shot margin over the Mountain Hawks in overtime proved beneficial for AU when Camila Infante netted her second goal of the game in the 92nd minute giving American the win.

American out shot Lehigh 23-17 on the afternoon, while Palmieri made 10 saves for the Mountain Hawks and Alyssa Poorman (New Britain, Pa./Central Bucks South) recorded eight stops for the Eagles. Lehigh falls to 4-11 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League, while American improves to 11-5, 4-0 in league games.

American University returns to action when they travel to Princeton tomorrow afternoon, playing the Tigers at 2 p.m.