ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Virginia Wesleyan University field hockey dropped its contest to St. Mary's College in a shoot out on the road Tuesday afternoon. With the loss, the Marlins move to 4-3 on the season while the Seahawks improve to 5-4.
Nothing much came about in regulation with the Marlins slightly edging St. Mary's in the shots department 4-1. Skye Swain came up big in the overtime periods though, recording eight of her nine saves during the two ten-minute stanzas.
Still scoreless after 90 minutes of action, the game moved to a shoot out. Swain stopped the first two Seahawk attempts while Elizabeth Roberto made a nice deke to slide one pass the keeper giving the Marlins the early edge. St. Mary's came back though, scoring two of their own to put the pressure back on VWU. Emily Price then stepped in to take the Marlins final penalty shot, looking to keep the shoot out going. The junior had her first attempt stopped but gathered the rebound and fired it at the goal. The ball went in just a fraction after the buzzer though, leading to the Marlin defeat.
Swain finished the day with a shutout through regulation and the two overtimes, collecting nine saves including a stroke save in the shoot out. The senior has now gone 300 minutes of regular play without letting a ball cross her goal line.
Field hockey will return to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday, hosting Roanoke on homecoming.