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Connecticut College 3, Smith College 2 OT Paiva Provides Game-Winner for Camels

Connecticut College 3, Smith College 2 OT Paiva Provides Game-Winner for Camels

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. –Katlyn Paiva scored 2:57 into overtime in a 7-on-7 situating to lift the Connecticut College field hockey team to its second consecutive victory, a 3-2 triumph at Smith College.

The Camels improve to 2-1, while the Pioneers fall to 1-2.

Connecticut finished with a 24-11 advantage in shots, including a 13-4 lead in the first half, while Smith was awarded 11 of the game's 19 penalty corners.

Junior Nora Demick (Watertown, Mass/Beaver Country Day) stood tall in goal for the Pioneers, finishing with a season-best 10 saves. Ryley van der Velde (Louisville, Ky.) finished with three saves of her own, earning the victory in goal for the visitors.

Cheyenne Asplundh (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) and Berklee Vallancourt (Manchester, N.H.) chipped in with first half scores for the Camels.

It took the Camels close to six minutes to get on the scoreboard, receiving a goal from Asplundh to take a 1-0 lead.

Nine minutes later, the Camels struck again, with Berklee Vaillancourt finding the back of the cage to put the Pioneers in an early 2-0 hole.

However, with under 10 minutes to play in regulation, Smith cut the lead in half when junior Marissa Vara (Hudson, Mass./Hudson) tipped in a pass from junior Casey Rau (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) to make it 2-1.

The Pioneers continued to control the action for the remainder of the second half and with only 5:48 to play, first-year Julia Hamilton (Williamstown, Mass./Deerfield Academy) knocked in a goal to the match at two.

Soon after, the teams headed for overtime, where Paiva ended things with her goal.