Field hockey wins OT thriller, portion of MAAC regular season championship

Tanner Harding and Owen Kingsley

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Photo: Quinnipiac Athletics

Photo: Quinnipiac Athletics

Quinnipiac field hockey ended their season with a 5-4 win over conference rival Fairfield in an overtime thriller today. The win gave the Bobcats a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title, an honor they will share with Monmouth University.

Early on in the first half, Fairfield jumped ahead with two goals scored by junior Julie de Paeuw and junior Ann Burgoyne in the opening ten minutes. Midway through the first half, sophomore Dayna Barlow and senior Meghan McCullough answered for Quinnipiac, tying it at two. Then with just under a minute remaining before the half, Burgoyne scored her second goal of the game to give Fairfield a 3-2 lead at the half.

Fairfield kept their momentum rolling into the second half as Burgoyne completed the hat trick and gave Fairfield a 4-2 lead over the Bobcats. Midway through the second half, Quinnipiac found their offense again as sophomore Felicia Costanzo scored to cut Fairfield’s lead to one goal. The Bobcats kept rolling when with just over three minutes remaining in the game, junior Angie King tied the game at four to send it to overtime.

In the overtime period Fairfield had multiple chances to win the game but were unable to capitalize. It was Quinnipiac who was able to make the most of their opportunities when during a Fairfield defensive Barlow broke away from the defenders and shot the game winner in sudden-death overtime. The win was Quinnipiac’s eighth win of the year and now they look to the MAAC Tournament, where they will be the No.2 seed.