NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman Sarah Cebry (Burlington, Conn.) capped a hat trick with the game-winning goal 5:13 into overtime to lift the Southern Connecticut State University field hockey team to a 6-5 triumph over Mansfield on Sunday afternoon. It was the first win of the year for the Owls, who improved to 1-1.
The contest was a back-and-forth affair in which the Owls held leads of 3-2 and 5-4 before Mansfield forced overtime with just 1:35 left in regulation.
Tied at 3-3 midway through the second half, Mansfield regained the lead with a goal from Alycia Pici that cage with just 11:08 remaining.
The Owls evened the score roughly 90 seconds later, when Cebry tipped home a bid from Dieny Charlot (Deep River, Conn.). Ann Farrier (Belfast, Maine) then gave SCSU the lead with just 2:45 remaining when she connected on a redirection off the stick of Jennifer Peterson (Canton, Conn.).
Mansfield forced overtime on a goal from Taryn Schawillie with 1:35 remaining.
Southern Connecticut capitalized on its only penalty corner of the extra frame. Farrier started the play with a pushout from the right of the goal. Laurie Cockerline (Lopatcong, N.J.) and Paige Donlin (South Glastonbury, Conn.) then connected on quick, short passes that culminated in Cebry’s strike from in front of the cage.
Mansfield (1-2) opened the scoring just 4:34 into play, but the Owls countered on the first of two goals from Cockerline.
Kristy Tutorow scored just 1:07 later to put Mansfield in front again, but Cebry and Cockerline found the back of the net within a span of 3:09 to push the hosts ahead, 3-2. SCSU carried that lead into halftime.
Mansfield ultimately evened the score just 6:01 into the second half before the flurry of late goals.
Cebry (three goals) and Cockerline (two goals, two assists) both had six points in the win. Goalie Lauren Zarrella (Morris, Conn.) finished with 11 saves.
The Owls are back in action on Friday night with a home game against No. 3 nationally ranked UMass-Lowell.