MANCHESTER, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College field hockey team played its school-record sixth overtime game of the season on Tuesday, as Southern New Hampshire University first-year Laura van der Doorn scored nine seconds into the extra session for the game's only goal at Larkin Field. The Purple Knights are now 4-9 overall and 1-6 in the Northeast-10 Conference, losing to a Penmen squad that upset LIU Post, the No. 1 team in the nation, last week. Southern New Hampshire improved to 7-7 and 3-6.
Senior Abigail Bowie (Readfield, Maine/Kents Hill School) made four saves, as each of her team's last four losses ended in overtime. She has allowed only one goal in the past 212:43 of regulation play since Oct. 1. With 245 career saves, she vaulted past Sarah Healey '15 (242) and Jordan Smalling '09 (244) to take over seventh in school history despite not seeing any playing time as an underclassman. Sophomore Melanie Rennie made three saves for the Penmen.
Saint Michael's, which played five overtime contests in 2006 and 2007, advanced to extra field hockey in five of its last six games, sustaining six one-goal losses this fall, including five during overtime. The Purple Knights, who held an 8-4 advantage in penalty corners while holding even at seven shots apiece, hit the road for the only time during a current six-game stretch.
Bowie was tested early, making a stop in the third minute before denying sophomore Maddie Holt during a fifth-minute penalty corner sequence. Van der Doorn sent a corner shot of her own wide in the 11th minute, and a Purple Knight rung the post early in the 18th minute following junior Jackie Matthews' (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) corner entry pass. Senior Carolyn Avery (Lexington, Mass./Lexington) was stopped with 28 seconds left in the opening half by Rennie.
Senior Abby Dusha (Greenwich, N.Y./Greenwich Central School) was turned away in the 54th minute before Bowie registered stops in the 55th and 56th minutes, and Saint Michael's ran off a pair of corner plays in the 59th minute but was unable to fire off a shot.
The Purple Knights rattled off three corners in the final 1:34 of regulation, with sophomore Morgan Johnston's (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) initial shot on a corner set being saved at 68:36. Following Matthews' entry feed late in the 69th minute, she slipped a return pass wide of the goal. The visitors earned one final corner after time had expired but were unable to send any attempts toward the net. In overtime, van der Doorn dribbled through the middle of the field on the first possession and chipped a shot high into the right corner nine seconds in for the only shot by either team.
The Purple Knights host LIU Post, now the fifth-ranked team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) national poll, on Saturday for Senior Day at 11 a.m.