HOBOKEN, N.J. (9/27/15) – The Kean University field hockey team dropped a tight 3-2 overtime decision to Stevens Institute of Technology on Sunday. The setback knocks the Cougars from the ranks of the unbeaten after beginning the season with 10-straight wins.
Kean led twice in the game. Krista LaMaina scored the first goal of the day 20 minutes into the game on a one-timer from Jordan Colna. It was her 18th goal of the season and the only score of the first half for either side. Despite trailing, the Ducks outshot Kean 8-3 and had a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners in the opening period.
Stevens finally broke through in the 52nd minute. Nolie Prouty scored an unassisted goal to knot the game at one.
Six minutes later, Chelsea Mann wound up and took a hard shot that Raykena Brown (pictured left) re-directed into the Ducks' cage for the go-ahead goal. It was the sophomore's ninth marker of the year.
With less than four minutes remaining and Stevens desperate for an equalizer, Katti Thomasian scored off a deflection to send the game to overtime.
Kean had the better stat line in the second period, outshooting the Ducks 6-4 and getting a corner advantage of the same count. But as was the case in the first half, the better stat line led to being outscored in the period.
Stevens dominated the overtime. The shot count was 5-0 and they earned the only corner. Thomasian proved to be the hero when she tipped Prouty's shot into the Kean goal for the sudden-death victory. The Ducks are now 7-2 and Kean's record is 10-1.
Kean will return to action in their first NJAC matchup of the year on Saturday against William Paterson University at 1 p.m. inside Kean Alumni Stadium.