NEW LONDON, Conn. – Junior captain Jamie Navoni (Natick, Mass.) factored into four goals and set up the game-winning marker in the 81st minute to lift the Connecticut College field hockey team to a 4-3 overtime victory over Wellesley at Silfen Field on Wednesday evening.
Despite trailing 3-1 in the second half, Wellesley rallied in the late stages by most notably getting a marker from Isabella van Atten with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Connecticut College, however, was able to get a golden goal in overtime on a transition play that was started by junior defender Gabby Peterson (Worcester, Mass.). Navoni took a pass while running down the right side, drew a Blue defender, and then slipped the ball over to freshman Caroline Ferro (Wilton, Conn.) for her third tally of the season.
The entire game was a nip-and-tuck battle between the teams. Top scoring threat Arielle Mitropoulos quickly put the Blue on the board just 6:15 into the game, but the Camels responded by scoring three unanswered during the late stages of the first half and the beginning of the second frame. Navoni had a stick in all of them by scoring the equalizer, setting up the go-ahead tally and then finishing a pass from Ferro.
Even though Wellesley (5-7) was able to score twice to force overtime, the Camels still prevailed thanks to the heroics of Navoni and Ferro. The hosts outshot their opponent by a commanding 17-5 margin and held a 7-5 edge in penalty corners.
Freshman Andi McGraw (Sheffield, Mass.) picked up the victory by making three saves for Connecticut College, while Wellesley's Maggie Connelly suffered the loss after turning away two shots in a relief effort.
Connecticut College (4-8) will face its final non-conference opponent of the season when it visits Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.