October 24, 2009

Double overtime win keeps McDaniel alive

Green Terror notch 1-0 win at Washington to stay in thick of playoff chase

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Mandy Pickard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) scored the lone goal of the game 2:36 into the second overtime to lead McDaniel to a 1-0 Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey win over Washington (Md.) on Saturday.

The Green Terror (7-8, 5-3 CC) snapped its mini two-game skid to improve to 5-3 in CC play, assuring itself that the team will finish the day in no worse than a tie for fourth place with two games to play. The top five teams make the conference tournament.

Elena Nicholoff made 11 saves for the Shorewomen (6-9, 3-5 CC) in goal.

After the hosts carried play in the first overtime, holding a 9-4 advantage in shots and 7-2 advantage in penalty corners, Pickard made McDaniel's second shot of the second extra session count.

Katherine Jones (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) found Pickard, who blasted a shot into the left side for her 10th of the season and the game-winner.

Stephanie Thomson (Glen Burnie, Md./Chesapeake) made six saves for the Green Terror.

McDaniel returns to action at No. 14 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday. Game time is 7 p.m.

Score by Period                                    1            2            OT            2OT            -            F
McDaniel (7-8, 5-3 CC)                                    0            0            0            1            -            1
Washington (Md.) (6-9, 3-5 CC)                        0            0            0            0            -            0

Scoring Summary:
M - Mandy Pickard (Katherine Jones), 87:36

Shots: M 19, W 18. Penalty Corners: M 16, W 18. Saves: M 6 (Stephanie Thomson), W 11 (Elena Nicholoff).

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