Sept. 5, 2009

SYRACUSE - The third-ranked Syracuse University field hockey team was down but not out, coming from behind twice to defeat the No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes, 3-2, in overtime on Friday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Orange never led in regulation and was outshot 14-11 in 70 minutes of regulation, but SU was able to post two game-tying goals to take the contest into overtime. Sophomore forward Heather Susek scored the game-winning goal at 73:19. The Orange improves to 3-0 on the season while the Scarlet and Gray are now 1-2.

"Lindsey (Conrad) is a great playmaker and I just wanted to make sure I was in position to get a rebound if her shot did not go in," Susek said. "She made a great play and I was just able to get my stick on the ball and put it into the back of the cage. It's a great win for our team."

Syracuse's goalkeepers Ashleigh McGowan and Leann Stiver combined to make three saves while OSU keeper Lindsay Quintiliani made five stops in the game.

Jena Cacciatore gave Ohio State an early lead, scoring on the team's first penalty corner in the fourth minute of the game with an assist credited to Berta Queralt.

The Orange mounted a counter attack and outshot Ohio State, 6-2, in a 10-minute span but Quintiliani was up to the task and made four saves to keep SU at bay.

Despite Ohio State's defensive efforts, junior forward Lindsey Conrad converted a penalty corner to even the tides, 1-1, at 26:29.

The Buckeye's offense went back to work, earning three corners in a row. On the final play of the half, Aisling scored off a rebound at 34:29 to give Ohio State a 2-1 lead at halftime.

In the second stanza, the Buckeyes put pressure on the Orange defense, recording three-consecutive shots but SU was again able to tie the game as junior forward Shelby Schraden redirected a long ball from junior back Maggie Befort past the Ohio State defense to make it 2-2 at 49:04.

Ohio State had its final chance to tally in regulation, taking a penalty corner at 69:46, but the Buckeye shot went wide as time expired.

In overtime, Quintiliani made an initial save on a shot by Conrad but Susek was in position to put the rebound back on goal and tallied at 73:19 for the win.

The Orange returns to action at 2 p.m. Saturday at J.S. Coyne Stadium against No. 7 Princeton. SU ended Princeton's season last year, 3-2, in overtime in the NCAA Quarterfinals.