Senior defender Bridge McGovern scored her second goal of the year 4:13 into overtime to lift SUNY Geneseo to a 1-0 win over St. Lawrence in a NCAA Division III field hockey game at Hall/Leet Stadium in Canton on Saturday.
McGovern's goal came following a penalty corner with the teams playing seven-on-seven in the extra period and spoiled an outstanding performance by St. Lawrence senior goalie Nicole Matos, who made 17 saves in the game. Matos made her 17th save just seconds before McGovern collected the rebound and tucked it inside the post to end the game.
Geneseo almost won it on their previous corner in the overtime, but McGovern's shot banged off the post and stayed out of the net. The Knights dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half, keeping the ball in the Saint end for most of that stretch, but Matos and the Saint defense kept it a scoreless game. The Saint goaltender made eight saves in each half and one in the overtime. She made a sliding stick top on Sarah Malinak with 2:40 to go in the first half, getting back across to stuff a shot at the wide open net.
Knight goalie Dayna Mercer had her own big moments as well, stopping Saint rookie Lizzy Gendell in a first half one-on-one and making a big save on Saint scoring leader Lizzy Saward with just under 20 minutes to play. Mercer finished with eight saves and Elena Hingston picked a Saint shot off the goal line for a defensive save for Geneseo, which is 3-2 with the win.
The Saints, now 1-3, will host nationally third-ranked Middlebury College in the resumption of a game halted 4:27 into play by lightening. The game, originally in Middlebury on Sept. 11, will be completed in Canton starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Geneseo outshot the Saints 33-16 including 16-5 in the second half and had 22 penalty corners to 10 for the Saints.