Red Devils Slip Past Muhlenberg in Double Overtime

(Carlisle, Pa.) Dickinson College survived a thriller on Wednesday night, slipping past Muhlenberg, 14-13, in double-overtime.

First-year Carly O'Brien (Cranbury, N.J./Princeton Day School) converted a free position goal with 4:51 remaining in the second overtime to give the Red Devils the win.

The Devils jumped out to a 4-1 lead behind a pair of goals from sophomore Val Hoffman (Westfield, N.J/Westfield). The Mules answered to cut the margin to 4-3 before the Devils tallied three straight to pull in front, 7-3, with 2:04 remaining in the first half.

O'Brien dished out assists to Lauren Jonas (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) and Ali Dawson (Carle Place, N.Y./Carle Place), then broke through for an unassisted goal of her own.

Kelsey Elmer found the net to cut the deficit to 7-4 at halftime. Hoffman scored off an assist from Dawson to open the second half. Muhlenberg went on a 5-2 run to make it a one-goal game, 10-9, with 13:48 to play in regulation.

Senior Ella Clough (Chicago, Ill./Ignatius College Prep) scored off an assist from classmate Kaity Moore (Chestertown, Md./St. Andrew's, Del.) to give the Devils a two-goal advantage, 11-9, with 9:41 remaining in the game.

The Devils gained control and erased about five minutes off the clock on the ensuing possession. The Mules forced a turnover and went on the run. Angela Napoletano tallied to pull the Mules within a goal at the 1:13 mark.

Just 13 seconds later Stephanie Umbach found the net, scoring immediately off the draw to knot the game at 11-11. The Devils captured the draw control and had a shot at the end but could not net the winner in regulation.

Elmer sandwiched a pair of goals around a score by senior Taryn Abbassian (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) to put Muhlenberg on top, 13-12, with 3:41 remaining in overtime. Jonas scored off an assist from O'Brien to keep the Devils' hopes alive, forcing a second overtime period.

O'Brien converted the free position, 1:09 into the overtime to give the Red Devils the win.

Junior goaltender Amanda Morse (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) was outstanding in the Devil nets, making 12 saves on the afternoon, including huge stops in each of the overtime periods.

O'Brien led the Devil attack with two goals and three assists. Hoffman added a hat-trick with three goals. Moore tallied a goal and two assists while causing three turnovers and controlling six ground balls.

Elmer led Muhlenberg with four goals while Umbach tallied two goals and three assists. Tiffany Kreider made six saves for the Mules (5-7, 1-7).

The Red Devils improve to 7-8 overall and 4-4 in the Centennial Conference. They travel to #7-ranked Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday for a 1:00 pm start.

2012-04-19



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