NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a pulse-pounding finish in New Haven as the Quinnipiac field hockey team walked off the field with a 3-2 overtime win over Yale on Sunday afternoon. It was just the latest chapter in what has become a fierce rivalry, and for the first time in the series, Quinnipiac has won two years in a row. Even more impressive is how evenly match both squads have been over the past decade, with the last eight meeting in this rivalry being decided by one goal.
It was Quinnipiac who would strike first as ten minutes in ,Valerie Perkins got behind the Yale defense and was able to get a long pass from Elisa Ruiz Martinez. Perkins was able to slap the ball past Yale’s goalkeeper Emilie Katz for her first career goal.
The lead would not last long as just under thirty seconds later Yale’s Carol Middough ripped a shot from outside the circle. Standing in front of the net, senior Danee Fitzgerald deflected the ball past Quinnipiac’s Olivia Golini for her fifth goal of the season tying the game at one. The Bulldogs would get the lead just two minutes later when the Bulldogs would take advantage of a corner opportunity. After both teams battled in front of the net, the ball ended up going airborne and Brooke Reese slapped the ball at of mid-air into the net for her fourth goal of the season.
Yale’s offense continued to dominate the first half out shooting the Bobcats 11 to 6. However, Golini’s strong performance in-goal kept the score at 2-1 when the teams went to the half.
Quinnipiac would tie the game at two early in the second half as Dayna Barlow took the ball down the field and fired a pass through a crowd of Yale defenders. The ball found its way to Michelle Federico who wound up and blistered a shot into the net to tie it up.
The game went to over-time where the beautiful Sunday afternoon turned into a downpour as rain pounded the field throughout overtime. Three minutes in the Bobcats would finish off the Bulldogs when Martinez found Barlow in front of the net as Barlow fired a shot past Katz for the Bobcats win.
Before the game both teams honored their senior players as Johnson field has been Quinnipiac’s home field this season. While the Bobcats finish their season with a win, the Bulldogs will wrap up their season with a road game at Brown on Saturday.