(Gettysburg, Pa.) – The Dickinson field hockey team was essentially in playoff mode as it headed to Gettysburg College for the regular season finale on Friday afternoon. The Red Devils posted a much needed victory to keep their hopes alive and now must receive some help from Swarthmore College.
Senior Alex Bonser (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) carried the ball past the defense and found the back of the cage with 9:52 remaining in the first overtime to lead the Red Devils to a thrilling 3-2 victory.
The Bullets struck first as Jamie Relin scored, 9:07 into in the contest. The Red Devils answered with 15:13 remaining in the first half as senior Amber Dey (Flemington, N.J./South Hunterdon) capitalized on a penalty stroke to pull the Red Devils even.
Lindsay Krause put the hosts back in front, finishing an assist from Megan Kratz with 23 minutes remaining in regulation.
The Red Devils would counter once again with first-year Maddie Dombroski (Carlisle, Pa./Boiling Springs) scoring off an assist from senior Lily Mott (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) with 16:24 remaining to force overtime.
Bancroft made a huge save to keep the match level, turning away a penalty stoke with just over six minutes remaining in regulation. She came back with another big save moments later as the Bullets forced a penalty corner.
Chelsea Kramer (New Vernon, N.J./Morristown-Beard) had a great chance with just under three minutes to play but Mowery came way off the line to make her ninth save of the game.
Dombroski had another opportunity with timing running out as well, but the Bullets held on to head to overtime for the seventh time this season.
The Bullets opened with a pair of quality chances but senior Kim Monteferante (Putnam Valley, N.Y./Lakeland) made a big play and Bancroft knocked away another attempt to start the extra period.
Bonser collected the ball and worked her way into the circle for the game-winner as the Red Devils reach double-figures, improving to 10-7 overall and moving to 5-5 in the Centennial Conference.
Mowery finished with 10 saves while Brooke Matthews added a defensive save for Gettysburg as they slip to 7-9 and are 5-5 in conference play as well.
Bancroft made three big saves for the Red Devils as they must now hope for a Swarthmore win over Haverford to advance to the conference playoffs.