Catholic Upsets No. 15 Pioneers, 1-0 in Overtime
November 15, 2008
WAYNE, N.J. - Freshman midfielder Mary Swarthout (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) scored 8:30 into overtime to lift Catholic University (14-7) to a 1-0 victory at top-seeded and 15th-ranked William Paterson (15-4) in the ECAC Field Hockey Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament Nov. 15.
The fourth-seeded Cardinals will advance to play at third-seeded Kean in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament final Sunday, Nov. 16, at 4:00 p.m.
Each team had a breakaway to start the first overtime period, but neither offensive player could get a shot on frame. Swarthout finally broke the ice with 6:30 remaining in the sudden-victory overtime period, beating Pioneer goalie Christina Auger across the goal and into the left corner of the boards.
Although the two teams combined for 12 penalty corners during the first half (10-2 in Catholic's favor), neither side had a quality chance until the 53rd minute, when the Pioneers' Christina Ayusa and Meghan Hall had their shots turned away by Catholic goalie Marian Cassilly (Gambrills, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and midfielder Ro Dixon (Ardmore, Pa./Country Day School Sacred Heart).
In all, the Cardinals owned an overall 7-4 shot advantage and a 15-4 penalty-corner edge.
This marked the third straight year that William Paterson's season has ended with a last-second opponent goal in the ECAC Tournament. In 2006, the Pioneers lost at Catholic in the first round, 2-1 in overtime, and last year, top-seeded WP fell to Montclair State 1-0 in the semifinals after a Red Hawk goal with 46 seconds to play in regulation.