Cornell Beats Yale 3-2 in Overtime

Cornell Beats Yale 3-2 in Overtime

Sept. 23, 2005

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New Haven, CT - Belen Martinez' goal on a penalty corner with 7:11 left in overtime lifted Cornell to a 3-2 victory over Yale Friday night at Johnson Field. The Big Red rallied from a 2-1 deficit to tie the game at two with 6:54 left in regulation before Martinez' game winner in the extra session.

The first half was scoreless, with Cornell (5-1, 3-0 Ivy) generating the best scoring opportunity on a penalty corner with seven minutes to play. A sprawling save by Bulldogs goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (4 saves) denied that shot.

The Big Red opened the scoring at 25:09 of the second half when Abbi Horn tipped one past Friedlander, assisted by Blair Corcoran.

Yale (1-5, 0-2 Ivy) got the equalizer less than four minutes later when the Bulldogs clicked on the third in a string of three straight penalty corners in one sequence. After pushing the ball in, Lindsay Collins was in perfect position just to the right of Big Red goalkeeper Lizzie Goldblatt (11 saves), deflecting a pass from Heather Orrico into the corner of the net.

Harriet Thayer then gave Yale the lead with 10:07 to play. After her initial shot was stopped, Thayer stayed with the play and knocked the ball past Goldblatt for a 2-1 lead.

That lead lasted just over three minutes before Cornell took advantage of another penalty corner. With Friedlander hitting the ground to try to block the shot, Alyssa DePaola was able to deflect the ball over her to tie the game at two. Martinez picked up an assist on the play.

Yale had several good offensive chances early in overtime, including a shot by Orrico on a penalty corner that went just wide four minutes before Martinez' winner.

"Cornell's a very good, young team, and right now they're riding the momentum of their wins," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "I think our kids played the best game of hockey they've played all year."

Stuper was particularly happy with the way the Bulldogs adopted a new defensive approach. Yale had allowed a stretch of three straight unanswered opponent goals in each of its last three games but did not allow such a string on this night.

"We played a much tighter defense," Stuper said. "We marked well in the circle and didn't give them opportunities to tip and touch and make runs."

Yale returns to action Sunday at Holy Cross at 1:00.

report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity