#9 East Stroudsburg Claims Wild Win Over Stonehill, 7-6 (OT)

Senior Brittany Ford led the Skyhawks with two goals and an assist for five points. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Roth nets four goals, Lawville seven points to spark Warriors to win

EASTON, Mass. (September 9, 2012) – East Stroudsburg University, ranked ninth in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II preseason poll, claimed a wild back and forth 7-6 overtime victory over Stonehill College in non-conference field hockey action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium this afternoon.

Sophomore Jessica Lawville (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) posted seven points with three goals and an assist and played a role in each of East Stroudsburg's last two goals that forced overtime and then produced the game-winner. Her goal 2:46 into overtime, assisted by senior Lauren Ventrella (Norwalk, Conn./Norwalk), lifted the Warriors to the win. Lawville also set up freshman Ally Roth (Scotrun, Pa./Pocono Mountain East) for her fourth goal of the game with 1:45 left in regulation to force overtime.

Ventrella and senior Alyson Becker (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) each chipped in with two assists for East Stroudsburg. Freshman Alexis Charles (Lititz, Pa./Warwick) picked up the win in goal for the Warriors with seven saves over the final 40:21 of the contest. Senior Sarah Dobroskey (Exeter, Pa./Exeter) played the first 23:25 and also finished with seven stops.

Senior Brittany Ford (Augusta, Maine/Cony) led Stonehill with two goals and an assist for five points. Junior Devin Ingersoll (Londonderry, N.H./Londonderry) added two goals, while juniors Kelly Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) and Kelsey Davis (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) each chipped in with a goal.

Sophomore Elizabeth Genovese (Street, Md./North Harford) posted eight saves in 68:33 in the cage for Stonehill. The Skyhawks posted a 24-19 advantage in shots for the contest, including 14-8 in the first half, and edged East Stroudsburg in penalty corners, 13-11.

East Stroudsburg broke on top early with goals from Roth and Lawville less than two minutes apart in the opening 4:13 of the contest. Roth blasted a corner pass from Becker from the top of the arc past Stonehill senior starting goaltender Kaitlyn Curtis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) 2:24 into the game. Lawville followed with her first of the game on a counterattack as she deked a defender and slotted a shot to Curtis' right side.

Junior Devin Ingersoll scored a pair of early goals as the Skyhawks erased a quick 2-0 deficit. (PHOTO BY Richard Orr)

Stonehill bounced back with four-straight goals to take its first lead. Ingersoll netted both of her goals in the span of 1:36 to knot the score at 2-2. She blasted in her first goal from the top of the arc off a Ford corner pass that was stopped by senior Jessica Laurendeau (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) at 8:17. Ingersoll followed with a tip in on the right side for her fifth goal of the season at 9:53.

Davis put Stonehill in front when she tipped in a loose ball at the left post after a corner at the 13:41 mark. Ford gave the Skyhawks a two goal lead at 23:51 when she knocked in a rebound off a Dobroskey save off Ingersoll. East Stroudsburg cut the lead to a goal before halftime when Lawville knocked in a loose ball on the left side off a rebound at 25:02.

Ford put Stonehill back in front by two goals 1:26 into the second half as she knocked in a pass from junior Gina Sheehan (Shrewsbury, Mass./Shrewsbury) at the left post for her fourth goal of the year.

East Stroudsburg rallied with two-straight goals from Roth to knot the score at 5-5. She one timed a pass from Ventrella from the left side of the scoring area at 37:07 and then buried a corner pass from Becker at 51:56.

Gouveia put Stonehill back in front with 13:20 to play as she tipped in an attempt from sophomore Emily Sideris (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) at the right post for her second goal of the year. Roth then forced overtime when she redirected a drive from outside the arc by Lawville over Genovese's shoulder with 1:45 left in regulation.

East Stroudsburg followed with the winning goal 2:46 into overtime on the counterattack. Ventrella connected with Lawville, who spun past a defender and finished with a shot to the lower right corner of the goal.

Stonehill (2-2, 0-0 NE-10) returns to action on Wednesday when it visits Adelphi University for a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. The Skyhawks return home next Saturday, September 15, to host Bellarmine University on "National Field Hockey Day" at noon. East Stroudsburg (2-1, 0-0 PSAC) returns home to host LIU-Post for its Conference opener on Tuesday at 4 p.m.