New Paltz Field Hockey Falls to Cortland in Overtime

The State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz women’s field hockey team caught a tough loss against SUNY Cortland on Oct. 26 during double overtime.

In the first quarter of the game, first-year forward Natasia Plunkett sunk the first goal for the Hawks, as well as the first goal of her collegiate career, at 13:59.

The Red Dragons matched the Hawks’ energy when fourth-year forward/midfielder Molly Quinlin scored her 12th goal of the season at 24:38, tying the game 1-1. Next came four shots on goal from the Hawks, but Cortland’s fourth-year goalkeeper Marisa D’Amico maintained the Red Dragons’ defense. For the Hawks, second-year goalkeeper Mackenzie Mortimer had seven saves.

Cortland maintained their perseverance, as fourth-year forward/midfielder Hannah Burchell clinched her seventh goal of the season at 34:02, giving the Red Dragons the lead at 2-1. Plunkett refused to be ignored, and answered with her second goal 52 seconds later at 34:54, tying it 2-2.

The fourth period consisted of back and forth shots on goal from both teams, but the score remained tied, forcing the first 10-minute overtime (OT). In the first, no goals were shot, therefore forcing another.

In the second OT, the Hawks held their own for six and a half minutes until Cortland’s first-year forward Lily Fox scored her fifth goal for the season, assisted by Burchell, winning the game 3-2. 

This loss caused the Hawks’ record to drop to 9-6 overall and 3-2 in the SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), but improved Cortland’s record to 13-3 and 4-1 in the SUNYAC. New Paltz is now No. 3 in conference standings, falling behind only one place to Cortland’s No. 2, meaning the two teams may face each other again down the line in the SUNYAC tournament.

The Lady Hawks may have suffered a tough OT loss to the Red Dragons, but come back to play the Ithaca College Bombers on Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at the North Turf Field and will also be celebrating their senior day.

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Susanna Granieri is a fourth-year journalism and digital media production major. This is her fifth semester with The Oracle. Previously, she worked as an Arts & Entertainment Copy Editor and Sports Editor. She is passionate about journalism and being a watchdog for our local issues and news in the Village of New Paltz. She has also written for the Legislative Gazette, the Southern Ulster Times and Being Patient. She will continue her journalism career in the fall of 2021 at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.