SALEM, Mass. -- Kristina Conlon scored 1:09 into the first overtime as Salem State held off a furious comeback by Colby Sawyer to claim an 11-10 overtime win against the Chargers in a competitive game at Alumni Field. The victory gives the Vikings (1-1) their first win of the year and drops the Chargers to 0-1 on the season.
Katie Hart struck first for Salem State when she tore down the middle for a Vikings’ goal. Erin Riley scored the team’s second goal when she rocketed in a shot across the net. Kelly Tanner, who netted a hat-trick, made it a 3-0 Vikings lead. Riley scored her second goal, and Tanner netted back-to-back goals, while Kristina Ventura added another score to make it 7-0 Vikings. Michelle Upham put Colby-Sawyer on the board, but Salem State’s Kelsey Russell answered, making it 8-1 going into the half.
Kellie Lander replaced Chargers’ goaltender Megan Castellano in the second, and Caitlyn Whearty scored two quick goals while Carly Baker notched a score to put Colby Swayer back in the game. Russell added her second goal of the day as did Hart that extended the lead to 10-4. However, the Chargers mounted a furious comeback over the final 14 minutes, scoring six unanswered goals, to tie the game and force overtime. Maryalice Gurnee, Whearty, Baker, and Upham, who scored two more goals, made it a 10-9 game, and Alyssia Jannak tied it up with 2:00 left.
The game would go to overtime and Conlon would score in the first 3:00 period to secure an 11-10 Salem State win.