Sept. 17, 2012
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Sandra Pena's overtime goal delivered Rider a 2-1 nonconference women's field hockey win over UC Davis on Monday afternoon at Hofstra University after UC Davis led for much of regulation before the Broncs tied it late to force extra time.
UC Davis dropped its third straight one-goal decision on its east coast roadtrip, falling to 3-6 overall. Rider improved to 6-1 after the comeback win. Cloey LemMon scored in the 31st minute to highlight the Aggies' offensive attack.
LemMon's goal in the 31st minute, her team-leading sixth of the season, put UC Davis in front 1-0, a lead the Aggies would hold for nearly 37 minutes. Goalkeeper Conley Craven provided much of the reason UC Davis was able to keep the lead, finishing the day with a nine saves, including five in the second half.
The Broncs outshot the Aggies 7-2 in the first half and 23-8 for the game and kept the offensive pressure up until the end when they tied the game in the 68th mintues on Gabby Burgo's goal which she scored after a loose ball in front of the cage.
That pushed UC Davis into its first overtime game of the season which ended in the seventh minute of extra time when Pena took a pass on a penalty corner from Jackie Adams to score from the top left side of the circle.
The hard-fought game was the third in a row the Aggies have lost by just a goal after falling at Sacred Heart on Friday, 2-1, and then losing to Hofstra, 3-2, on Sunday. The Broncos took 16 of the 19 penalty corners in the game and all four of the shots in the overtime period.
Marissa Hughes had two shots on goal for UC Davis and four overall.
The Aggies, winless in their last six games, will try and finish their four-game trip on a high note when they travel to face Siena on Wednesday. The game will also be played at Hofstra and begins at 8 a.m. (Pacific).