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Mustang field hockey drops 2-1 OT heartbreaker to Wells

AURORA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College field hockey team battled to a 1-1 tie after regulation and was unable to hold on as a costly foul within the circle in the extra period led to the game winning tally by Wells Saturday afternoon in Aurora.

Ilze Stots (Clinton Corners, N.Y.) notched the Mustangs lone score nearly 14 minutes into the contest, collecting a rebound shot off Wells keeper Sydney Line, and firing it
into the boards for the 1-0 Morrisville State lead.

Minutes later, the Express had a second chance opportunity as a blocked shot landed on the stick of a Wells forward, who crossed it to Marina Fargnoli for the sweeping game tying score.

Morrisville State picked up the intensity in the second half and had plenty of  opportunities to post another tally, but Line made four crucial saves in the final 35 for Wells to force the overtime period.

Wells dominated the extra frame early on, forced two quick penalty corner opportunities and three shots, before forcing a critical defensive foul within the circle that awarded them another corner opportunity.

Express Shianne Stokes received the corner feed, fired a shot at goal, and Courtney Bastian was able to get the tip past Morrisville State goalie Nicole Gregg (Whitney Point, N.Y.) for the game winning tally 3:55 into the sudden victory period.

Gregg made six saves between the pipes for the Mustangs, recording the loss.

Morrisville State returns to the field Friday, hosting Utica College at 7 p.m. on Drake Field.

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