College Field Hockey
Rider University 5, Robert Morris University 4 (ot)
Northeast Conference Game
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa.--Senior Marlaine Schneider (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) tipped in a shot 2:58 into overtime, her second goal of the game and sixth of the season, as the Rider University field hockey team won the 2012 Northeast Conference opener 5-4 on Sunday at Robert Morris University.
This is Rider's 24th regular season NEC win in a row, dating back to the 2008 season.
"The goal was shocking," said Schneider. "I was just in the right spot at the right time with my stick down."
"I'm proud of the team," said head coach Lori Hussong. "They hung tough and having a team overcome a three-goal deficit in the second half could have really taken the wind out of our sails. We toughed out a win, RMU was outstanding."
Schneider scored off an assist from sophomore Eefje Kok (Berkel Enschot, Netherlands) 13:50 into the game as Rider (8-4, 1-0 NEC) took a 1-0 lead.
"Marlaine played out of her head today," Hussong said. "Her contributions were much needed. Because we are young in spots, that senior leadership is so important. We are progressing a little slower than I thought we would be but the offense did its job today and now we have to tighten things on the defensive end."
Schneider had a four point day and her 98 career points are 10th best all-time at Rider.
The Colonials scored just 1:02 before intermission and the teams went into the locker room tied at 1-1.
Penas scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season 1:23 into the second half off a Muschs assist with senior Jackie Adams (Medford Lakes/Shawnee) converting a Muschs pass into her third goal of the season just 3:02 later to give Rider a 3-1 lead.
Muschs had three assists in the game.
Just 1:18 later, Penas passed up the field to put senior Gabby Burgo (Collingswood) in on a breakaway with Burgo hitting the back of the cage for the seventh time this season and the Broncs led 4-1 with 30 minutes remaining in the contest.
Penas finished the day with a goal and two assists (four points). Her 44 career goals are tied for sixth all-time at Rider and her 109 career points are seventh best on the all-time scoring list for the Broncs.
RMU (3-9, 0-1 NEC) wouldn't go down without a fight, scoring three times in the next 19 minutes of play to tie the game 4-4 and force overtime.
"RMU executed on their corner plays," Hussong said. "We didn't go on cruise control or anything, they (RMU) just took advantage of every opportunity we gave them and we need to do a better job of not giving up corner plays the way we did."
"When we were up three goals, I thought we had this game won," said Schneider. "All of a sudden it was tied 4-4 and I was thinking a few things that couldn't be printed. It was a whole gamut of emotions."
Rider freshman Alicia Carthan (Bordentown) made one save as the Broncs out-shot RMU 27-7 (16-5 shots on goal) and Rider held a 15-6 penalty corner advantage.
The Broncs defeated Robert Morris 8-0 in Lawrenceville in 2011. Rider defeated Robert Morris 5-0 in 2010, 4-0 in 2009, 3-0 in 2008, 1-0 in 2007 and 5-0 in 2006 and the Broncs have won eight of the nine games all-time against the Colonials.
RMU had last scored against Rider on September 23, 2005 when the Colonials won 1-0 at Moon Township before today's game.
"Both Dezarae and Alicia stepped up when we needed them to step up on the field," Hussong said. "They put forth an awesome effort in the game."
Rider improved to 3-0 this season in games that have gone into overtime.
"We are going to take out of this that no game is given to us," said Schneider, a 71-game veteran. "Every single game, we need to come out and give it our all for 70 minutes and not 60 minutes. Overtime is a lot of stress and it would be much better if we took care of things in regulation."
"Every opponent brings their best against us," said Hussong. "We are aware that we are always a 'team to beat' and other teams have energy when they play us. We need to be better prepared for that and be ready to play a complete 70 minute game."
Rider travels to Connecticut for a pair of NEC games, visiting Sacred Heart on October 12 and Quinnipiac on October 14.