DALLAS TWP. — Just after earning the first national ranking in program history, the Wilkes field hockey team triumphed in one of its toughest challenges of the season.
Amanda Tilley scored on a penalty corner with no time remaining in double overtime to give the Lady Colonels a dramatic 2-1 win over local Freedom Conference rival Misericordia on Wednesday at Mangelsdorf Field.
Alyson Paulauskas scored in the first five minutes for Wilkes, with Jen Lozier tying the game for Misericordia with 2:06 left in regulation. Alyssa Koncelik assisted on Tilley’s overtime winner.
In net, Lindsey Davenport stopped 18 shots for the Lady Colonels, while Ellen Howanitz made 12 saves for the Cougars.
Wilkes (14-1, 5-0) had debuted this week at No. 19 in the STX/NFHCA National Coaches Poll, which ranks the top 20 Division III teams in the country. The Lady Colonels currently sit first in the conference despite being picked to finish seventh out of nine teams in the preseason poll.
Misericordia is third in the league at 4-2, with an 11-5 record overall.
Debbie Wychock tied a school record by recording her 61st point of the season in a Freedom Conference road loss to Eastern.
Wychock had the lone goal for the Lady Monarchs (12-3, 3-2).
Wilkes’ T.J. Balogna stopped seven shots and the Monarchs’ Tim Kelly made three saves to keep the city rivals scoreless through 110 minutes of regulation and two overtimes.
King’s held the edge in shots (11-7) and corners (9-3).
The Pride scored 7:46 into the contest and made it stand up in a physical, hard-fought contest.
Misericordia (5-11) outshot Widener 9-6.
Misericordia opened its season with a dual meet wins over FDU-Florham. The men won 133-62 and the women earned a 112-38 vcitory.
Crissy Condus won the 100 fly and 1,000 free for the women while Jeff Clark won the 100 breast and 200 IM.