College Field Hockey
Saint Francis (Pa.) 3, Rider University 2 (ot)
LAWRENCEVILLE—Despite two goals from senior Dezarae Fillmyer (Roebling/Florence), the Rider University field hockey team lost 3-2 in overtime to Saint Francis (Pa.) on Monday afternoon at Ben Cohen Field.
Saint Francis scored just 2:23 into the first overtime period, knocking home a left side shot after Rider put the Red Flash on its 11th penalty corner of the game.
“They (Saint Francis) created a corner opportunity and any time that happens in an overtime (7 on 7) situation, it is a huge advantage to the attacking team,” said head coach Lori Hussong, in her 15th season at Rider. “Kudos to them, they shot a beautiful shot in and beat our goalkeeper.”
This is only the fourth time in 35 games that Rider has lost at home since the lighted campus field opened in the Fall of 2010.
Fillmyer broke a scoreless tie 25 minutes into the game, converting her second penalty stroke of the season, a shot that the Red Flash goalie got a piece of.
“We came out pretty strong, playing against a team that was very skilled,” said Fillmyer a veteran of 59 games and a preseason All-MAAC selection. “We hustled all over the field for about 70 minutes of the game and worked well together but we had a couple of slip ups which cost us the game.”
The Red Flash tied the game 13 minutes into the second half on a penalty corner.
Fillmyer scored her second goal of the game, converting another penalty stroke to give Rider (1-1) a 2-1 lead with less than 16 minutes left in regulation. Fillmyer has all three Rider goals this season, all on penalty strokes and she has logged all 142 minutes of play on the back line.
“Dez is playing outstanding as well as the entire defense,” Hussong added. “Even though it doesn’t show with the three goals scored, our back line is playing spectacular.”
“I would not have had the opportunities to score on the penalty strokes if my teammates didn’t hustle and make the plays in the circle which created the chances,” Fillmyer added.
The Red Flash tied the game with 3:28 left in the second half, lofting a high shot into the right corner of the goal on a penalty corner.
Saint Francis (2-0) held an 11-7 penalty corner advantage and out-shot the Broncs 15-13, including 2-0 in the overtime period.
“I was happy with our overall performance compared to our opening game,” Hussong said. “We transitioned down the field better and were able to generate an attack. We need to gain confidence and cash those scoring opportunities in.”
Former conference rivals in the Northeast Conference, Rider and Saint Francis (Pa.) last met in 2012, a 2-1 Rider victory in Lawrenceville. This was Rider’s first loss to the Red Flash in 16 games.
“We are disappointed that we lost but I’m pleased with the progress that we are making,” Hussong added. “We had pressure on the ball and we hustled all over the field.”
Rider travels to North Carolina to face Davidson and Appalachian State September 6-7.