PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rider's Stephanie Walker scored two goals, including the game winner with 12:46 to play in the second overtime, as the Broncs (16-2) earned a dramatic 3-2 victory over Rutgers on Tuesday evening in Piscataway. With the loss, the Scarlet Knights fall to 5-12 overall on the season.
Rutgers forced overtime with just five seconds remaining in regulation, as Bobbi Jo Adams (Port Norris, NJ) corralled a rebound off the pads of Rider goalie Krysta Bearish and poked the ball in the cage. Adams' goal capped a remarkable second half comeback, one that included a 15-5 advantage in shots in the second half for RU.
After Rider's Christina Ang scored her 19th goal of the season to give the Broncs a 2-0 lead just 2:01 into the second half, Mary Szymonowicz (Piscataway, NJ) cut the advantage in half when she took a pass from Corinne Back (Moorestown, NJ) and netted her sixth goal of the season with 27:04 left to play.
The scored remained 2-1 late in the second half, and with under a minute to play, Rutgers gained possession in its offensive end and pressed for the tying score. Courtney Hudson (Churchville, PA) took an initial shot, which bounced off the pads of Bearish and led to Adams' tying score with five ticks remaining.
Rider had the best scoring opportunity of the first overtime, but Tiffany Klebez (Milford, PA) made a diving defensive save on a shot by Ang that preserved the tie. The Broncs' game winning goal was set up when Ang sent a pass to Walker, who was racing up the field and beat RU goalie Kristin Van Rooij (Den Bosch, The Netherlands) to the far left corner of the cage.
"It was a great game, but when you come so close and work so hard, it hurts to lose," head coach Liz Tchou said. "This team showed how much heart and character it has. We had our chances at the end but just couldn't finish them off."
Both Rutgers and Rider took 22 shots and the Scarlet Knights held a 7-5 advantage in penalty corners. Van Rooij made nine saves while Bearish stopped seven shots.
The Scarlet Knights return to action on Friday, Oct. 29, when they host
Lafayette at the Rutgers Stadium Complex. Gametime is set for 7:30 p.m.