Despite out-shooting their hosts 18-5, EMU's field hockey women suffered a surprising 4-3 overtime loss to Notre Dame of Maryland on Saturday.
The Royals fought back from an early two-goal deficit, scoring three straight times, only to see Notre Dame equalize and then score a quick-strike goal just 32 seconds into extra time.
Eastern Mennonite had an 8-1 advantage in shots over the first 15 minutes, but trailed 1-0 after one, and 2-0 by the 18th minute.
Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) got her first goal of the year to get the women going, taking an assist from Brandy Troutman (Mountville, Pa./Hempfield) at the 19:03 mark. Just 40 seconds before halftime, Nichols struck again, this time notching an unassisted goal to lock up the score at the intermission.
The momentum carried into the third, where the Royals peppered more shots at the Notre Dame cage. Finally after a corner in the 44th minute, Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) took the insert from Megan Tricarico (Culpeper, Va./Eastern View) and drove it home for EMU's first lead.
The fourth was low on chances, but the Gators got all they needed to re-tie the game in the 51st minute.
The teams traded turnovers at midfield in the opening seconds of overtime, until Notre Dame made an interception and had a sudden 2-on-none breakaway with only goalie Ann Ghally (Aldie, Va./John Champe) there to stop it. A quick pass to the weak side was too much to handle as the Gators grabbed the game-winner.
Along with the edge in shots, the Royals also had a 14-2 control of penalty corner chances.
The two-goal game was a first for Nichols, who had one goal with five assists all of last year.
Now 3-4 on the year, EMU gets a tough test at home on Tuesday, hosting Goucher College at 4:00pm on the Turf Field.