Goals were hard to come by for the field hockey teams from St. Lawrence and Geneseo on Saturday as after the teams traded goals in a span of just over three minutes in the second half, they played through another 45 minutes without another before the game was finally decided by a penalty stroke shootout with Geneseo winning 2-1.
The loss snapped a two-game win streak for the Saints, now 2-7, while Geneseo improves to 5-3 on the season.
Elena Hingston put the Blue Knights on the board when she scored on a rebound shot at the 51:34 mark, but the Saints answered just 3:20 later when Emma Berry sent a long through pass from near midfield which Courtney Cartier gathered in inside the circle and put past Geneseo goalie Dayna Mercer to tie the game at 1-1. It was the team-leading fifth goal of the season for Cartier.
Saint goalie Brady Cooper made a couple of key late saves including one just after a Geneseo penalty corner to keep it tied in regulation. The Saints had a 2-1 edge in shots on goal in the first overtime period with the teams playing seven a side and Geneseo had a trio of shots on goal in the second overtime, all stopped by Cooper.
Geneseo's Kerry Hosford finally ended a marathon shootout which included 18 attempts as she scored for Geneseo's fourth successful try to two made attempts for the Saints. Berry and Cartier each scored on SLU's first two penalty strokes, but Geneseo battled back to tie with consecutive makes until Kayla DeAngelis gave the Knights a 3-2 lead in the shootout and Hosford ended it with her goal.
Geneseo finished with a 25-7 overall shot edge and had 16 corners to 14 for the Saints. Cooper made 12 saves, stopping 29 of 30 shots in two games for the week, while Mercer had five saves for Geneseo.
The Saints will return to Liberty League action on Oct. 5 and 6, playing at William Smith and Rochester.