PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The sixth seed Johnson & Wales field hockey team (6-13) fell to the third seed Simmons University (8-11), 4-3, in double overtime in the 2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.
Simmons opened the game scoring a pair goals within the first six minutes and held a 6-3 shot advantage in the period. Johnson & Wales countered with an 8-2 shooting effort in the second quarter which resulted in two goals by sophomore forward Jillian Miele (Wilmington, Mass.) to tie the game at 2-2 before halftime.
Five minutes before the end of regulation, Simmons junior back Brianna Desharnais (Freedom, N.H.) lifted a shot into the back of the gage to give the Sharks the 4-3 lead. It appeared as though the Sharks were going to hang on to the lead as the defense kept the Wildcats off the board until final minute.
With under a minute to play in regulation, Miele peppered the cage with a pair of close range shots that were denied, but was resilient to score her third goal of the game. Senior forward Alaina Narslico (Rome, N.Y.) assited on the equalizer that forced overtime.
The Wildcats were in position to put the game away in the first overtime after they were awarded a penalty shot with 2:24 to play. First year forward Mackenzie Wolf's (Reistertown, Md.) shot was stopped by Simmons junior goalkeeper Lucy McNamara (Brewster, Mass.) to keep the match tied.
However, Simmons was able to squeak out the victory with 9:06 to play in the second overtime period. Senior forward Olivia Trull (Lowell, Mass.) fired rebound into the back of the net into her 11th goal of the season and send the Sharks onto the GNAC semifinals where they will meet two-seed Lasell on Wednesday, November 5.
The Wildcats conclude the 2019 season with a 6-13 overall mark.