Last minute goal lifts TCNJ over Cortland in second round of NCAA field hockey tournament

Last minute goal lifts TCNJ over Cortland in second round of NCAA field hockey tournament

Courtesy of Cortland Sports Information Department

Box Score

EWING, N.J. - Cayla Andrews scored with 45 seconds left in regulation to lift nationally fourth-ranked The College of New Jersey past 16th-ranked Cortland, 2-1, in the second round of the NCAA Division III field hockey tournament at TCNJ.

Cortland, making its first NCAA appearance since 2011, ends the season 18-4 and finishes tied for ninth in the national tournament. The Lions (16-3) advance to the national quarterfinals on Sunday at home versus either MIT or Centre College.

Cortland kept the game tied at 1-1 when Meg Redmond (Accord/Rondout Valley) made a defensive save with 1:05 remaining, but just 20 seconds later Sidney Padilla sent a long crossing pass from the right side that Andrews one-timed from about 15 yards away into the right side of the cage for the game winner.

The teams played a scoreless first half, but TCNJ struck 6:01 into the second on a goal by Elizabeth Morrison. Cortland had a great scoring chance denied with 17:38 left when TCNJ defender Kayla Peterson turned away a shot by Jess Gibaldi (Westbury/W.T. Clarke) at the goal line.

Cortland, however, tallied the equalizer with 12:27 left. On a penalty corner play, Jessica Welsh (Hamilton) controlled the ball, made an initial move to avoid a defender and scored from straight on for her 15th goal of the season. The Red Dragons got one more shot on goal, but a shot by Gibaldi was saved with 7:55 left.

Cortland goalie Kailynne Reinoehl (Lititz, PA/Warwick) finished with six saves and TCNJ netminder Christina Fabiano recorded four saves. TCNJ outshot Cortland, 17-9, and each team earned seven penalty corners.

Cortland and TCNJ were meeting in the NCAA tournament for the fourth time, with all four games decided by one goal. TCNJ won 1-0 in overtime in the 1996 semifinals and, as Trenton State, won 2-1 in the 1989 semifinals. Cortland defeated Trenton, 2-1, in the 1994 national championship game.

TCNJ will host Centre, who defeated MIT, 2-1, tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Click here to view the live 2017 NCAA DIII field hockey bracket.

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