With their win on Thursday night, Field Hockey advanced to a quarter-final match-up against Greenhill, played on the grass surface at FWCD. First pass-back was at 10:00 a.m. and the game took off in a seesaw pattern until the end. Their low seeding (S3) and grass playing surface was no longer an issue for the back to back champs as they came from behind to win it in overtime.
Greenhill dominated play early on, but like last night at Trinity Valley, the Mavericks found their groove on the grass surface. Midway through the first half Piper Edwards ’21 got the Mavericks on the board with an assisted goal (Isabel Windham ’18) for a 1-0 lead. It looked like the Mavs would run away with the game in the same fashion as their 2-0 win over Greenhill on September 15. The playing surfaced was no longer a topic of conversation. The focus was all on teamwork.
“Playing together as a team and not feeling like you have to do it all yourself is what works for us to have a chance to win,” said Head Coach Craig Chambers ’81.
With five minutes to go in the first half, Greenhill answered with their first score and the game remained 1-1 at the half. Early in the second period St. John’s was signaled for their second goal that was subsequently called back. Soon afterward the Hornets would put in another score that would stand for a 2-1 lead and a running clock in their favor. With just over three minutes remaining, Natalie Stone ’19, who scored the game winner last night, found Audrey Ledbetter ’18 for the game-tying goal and the score remained 2-2 at the end of regulation. In overtime, opposing teams play 7 v 7 (six field players and a goalie). St. John’s still had one player in the penalty box and was competing with five players on the pitch in the extended frame. St. John’s defender Sinclair Mott ’20 was one of those five on the field when the Mavericks were awarded a corner just a few minutes into the OT.
“Isabel Windham told me before the corner when we were in the huddle: ‘make sure you get on the post, get low and you can do this,’” said Mott. “I felt so inspired. It was an excellent ball in by Isabel.”
Mott made contact and the ball crossed the goal plane for the sudden victory winner.
“This is the best feeling that I have ever had that I could help my team because I love them so much,” said Mott with a game-winning grin.”
St. John’s advanced to the championship semi-finals against South #1 Kinkaid, who defeated the Mavericks 4-2 in their last regular season contest. The Mavericks could never get on the board and Kinkaid's lone goal in the first half stood as the game-winner. In their final game, St. John's lost to St. Stephen's to finish 4th.