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Messersmith tallies two goals, assist

Paige Messersmith  2012 Jon King, Alvernia University
Paige Messersmith 2012 Jon King, Alvernia University

READING, Pa. – After McDaniel forced overtime, Alvernia converted just 1:08 into the extra session to notch a 5-4 victory in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic field hockey championship tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) closed out her collegiate career with two goals and an assist for the Green Terror (9-9), who rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to force overtime.

Miranda Peto registered the game-winner for the fourth-seeded Crusaders (11-9), who advance to Saturday's semifinals against eighth-seeded FDU-Florham.

Trailing 4-2 early in the second half, Jayde Kauffman (Oley, Pa./Oley Valley) deflected in a Messersmith shot to pull the visitors within one at the 46:32 mark.

Katie Corson (Ocean View, N.J./Ocean City) lofted a ball over the keeper after a scrim in front of the cage to knot the game with just 2:06 to play in reglation.

Peto then recovered a loose ball off a shot from outside the circle and knocked it home for the game-winner early into the extra period.

Melanie Lowry staked Alvernia to a 1-0 lead just 23 seconds into the game before Kyle Dillman doubled the advantage 1:12 later.

Corson hit Messersmith off a corner to trim the deficit in half at the 23:49 mark.

Btittney Barcus finished on a wide-open net off a pass across from Lowry to stretch the lead back to two approximately two minutes later.

Messersmith made it a one-goal game at the intermission, drilling a one-timer off a Danielle DeColli (Mt. Airy, Md./South Carroll) pass on a corner in the 28th minute.

Barcus scored 6:57 into the second half to reestablish the two-goal advantage.

Messersmith finished her senior season with program records of 18 goals and 45 points.

Vicci Alexander (Annapolis, Md./Archbishop Spalding) made nine saves for McDaniel, which held a 13-7 advantage in penalty corners. Each team recorded 16 shots.