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W&M Upsets #18 American, 2-1 in Overtime
Updated: Sunday 10/27/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary field hockey team recorded its second upset of a ranked foe Sunday afternoon, beating No. 18 American 2-1 on the road in overtime.  The Tribe improved to 7-9 on the year with the win, while the Eagles, Patriot League champions, fell to 11-5 overall.

Box Score

W&M opened the scoring early in the 17th minute, on its first penalty corner of the match.  Sophomore Pippin Saunders (Mittagong, NSW) inserted the ball to junior Kayleigh Ross (McLean, Va.), who set it up beautifully for senior Taylor Hodge (Louisville, Ky.) to blast it past the Eagles' goalkeep.  For the rest of the first half, American hammered fruitlessly against the Tribe defense, trying to equalize, but goalkeeper Cate Johnson (Charlottesville, Va.) stood strong with four saves.  Three of them came in one spectacular sequence, as she made stops on three consecutive shots in a five-second span to preserve the lead.

American finally came through with the tying goal in the 45th minute, off of a penalty corner.  They tried to capitalize on two power play opportunities, but Johnson made a pair more saves to keep the score tied, until the end of regulation and the Tribe's first overtime contest of the season.  The 7v7 period was all Green and Gold, as the visitors held a 6-0 advantage in shots and 4-0 in penalty corners.  The final of both came with just over two minutes left in the first extra period.  Saunders again started the play, passing the ball to countrywoman Emma Clifton (Loomberah, NSW), who stopped it for Hodge.  The senior sidestepped a charging defender, and pulled the trigger on her second goal of the afternoon to end the match.

For the game, W&M outshot American 14-12.  Ross' assist was the first of her career, while Saunders collected her eighth helper of the season.  She now stands just three assists shy of the single-season school record.  Hodge now has a team-best 9 goals of the season, the most for any Tribe player since Kim Hedley '08 also had nine in 2006.  Johnson's victory was the 10th of her career, becoming just the 15th goalkeeper in program history to reach the milestone.

William and Mary returns to action next weekend, hosting Northeastern and Hofstra in the final two matches of the regular season.  All three teams are tied for third in the conference at 2-2, battling for the final two spots in the CAA tournament.  The Tribe will host the Huskies Friday night, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., before taking on the Pride at 12 p.m. Sunday on Senior Day.

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