DOVER, Del. – Gracie Daniels scored the game-winner in overtime and Lauren Mears notched the hat trick as the Wesley College field hockey team defeated Richard Stockton, 5-4, on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Scott D. Miller Stadium. The Wolverines improve to 5-1 on the year while the Ospreys fall to 3-2.
Daniels, a senior from Pocomoke, Md., finished the game at 74:20 as her and Morgan Gannon had a two-on-one breakaway and converted on the give-and-go. Daniels ran up the left side with the ball before passing to Gannon on the right and received the ball in the middle for the one-time goal.
Gannon also scored earlier in the game at 49:48 to give Wesley a 4-3 lead after a shot by Renee Schneider was saved but deflected right to Gannon in front of the goal. Richard Stockton was able to tie the score with just less than five minutes left in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Mears scored the first three Wesley goals to record the first hat trick by a Wesley player since Madison Leone did on October 28, 2012 in a Capital Athletic Conference Tournament win over Frostburg State. Looking to score quickly after a tough loss two days ago, Mears scored just 3:05 into the game after juking a defender to the left and beating goalkeeper Liz Stankiewicz on the right corner.
Richard Stockton bounced back, however, as Alexa Massa blasted a shot off a penalty corner attempt by Cassie Kirk. The Ospreys then took their first lead of the game with 9:35 left in the first half as Kirk scored off a Samantha Barcia shot that was saved by Wesley's Sarah Daniels.
A senior from Princess Anne, Md., Mears tied the score at two on a shot from the right baseline which was deflected in by an Osprey defender just 1:54 into the second period. Mears got her third goal of the game just 71 seconds later as Devin Price found her classmate on the right side of the goal.
In the victory, Sarah Daniels made 12 saves for Wesley while Price and Tenaj Moody were credited with defensive saves. Stankiewicz stopped seven shots for Richard Stockton and Caroline Bowman also made a defensive save.
Wesley will now have ten days off before traveling to take on Washington College on September 23 in a 4 pm start.