Cramer scores game-winner for the Cougars
NORTON, Mass. – Clark University junior midfielder/defender Sarah Cramer (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) lifted the Cougars to a 4-3 double overtime victory on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) matchup against the Wheaton College field hockey team with her third goal of the season at the 86:21 mark of the contest.
Clark sophomore Julia Baud (Utrecht, Netherlands/Christelijik Gymnasium Utrecht) gathered a rebound near the left post and fed Cramer, who was wide-open near the right post for the game-winner to give the visitors their first conference victory of the season. Wheaton senior goalkeeper Madison Wolters (Marstons Mills, Mass./Barnstable) made a fantastic stop on Kiah Murphy's (Westport, Mass./The Tilton School) initial shot prior to Cramer netting the game-clinching marker.
The Cougars also received goals from sophomore Lauren Mackey (Dublin, N.H./ConVal Regional), Kaylin Mulrooney (Somerset, Mass./Somerset) and Haley Mahan (Bedford, N.H./Bishop Guertin).
For Wheaton, senior forward Tracy McCann (Westerly, R.I./Lincoln School) and first-years Kelsey Buckley (Gilford, N.H./Gilford) and Katie Peters (Medway, Mass./Medway) all found the back of the cage for the Lyons. Peters and senior midfielder Sarah McNicholas (Concord, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) also picked up assists in the loss.
Trailing 2-0 late in the first half, McNicholas and McCann executed a perfect give-and-go passing maneuver around a Clark University defender off of a penalty corner before McCann fired her third goal of the season past junior goalkeeper Christine Tinsman (Prairie Village, Kan./Pembroke Hill School) to cut the deficit in half before the break at 29:23.
Mahan pushed the Cougars ahead by a two-goal differential again in the 51st minute of the matchup as she lofted a shot over Wolters' head from the top of the circle for her first goal of the season.
Wheaton charged back with a pair of goals just 1:03 apart from each other to force the eventual overtime session between the two clubs. Buckley made it a 3-2 game at the 64:56 as she redirected a hard-hit shot by Peters from the right wing for her fourth goal of the year. Peters followed with her fifth tally of the season at 65:59 when she gathered a loose ball in the circle, pushed the ball ahead about five yards and sniped a shot by Tinsman to level the score.
Both squads tied in shots in the first overtime session, before Cramer one-time her game-winning goal into the cage off Baud's feed for the win.
Wolters made five stops in the loss (8-6), while Tinsman collected seven saves to improve her record to 6-5 overall this year.
Wheaton held a 25-16 advantage in shots and a 14-10 differential in corners.
Wheaton (8-6, 1-4 NEWMAC) travels to Babson College on Tuesday, October 21 for a NEWMAC contest at 6 p.m. Clark (7-7, 1-4 NEWMAC) visits Springfield College next Tuesday for a league matchup at 7 p.m.