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ODU Field Hockey Rallies To Defeat Providence 2-1 On Friday


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It took 69 minutes, but Marlon de Bruijne took a pass in overtime from Rina Tsioles and rifled a shot into the bottom left corner to give the Old Dominion Monarchs a win 2-1 over Providence. 
The first half of the game was even all around as neither team could separate themselves. Providence (5-5, 0-3) outshot ODU 2-1 in the first half. 
The third quarter is where the scoreless tie was broken when Providence was granted a penalty corner and Elenore De Kyser hit a shot past Suus Broers six minutes into the second half. The Monarchs couldn't get a shot off in the third quarter.  Both teams picked up the intensity in the fourth quarter, Providence outshot ODU 3-2, but Broers denied the Friars of a goal. With time running out for Old Dominion they were granted a penalty corner with just over three minutes left in the game. Frederique Zandbergen sent a pass into Danielle Husar who stopped the ball for Sacha De Gier who then did the rest and tied the game. 
Old Dominion (5-5, 2-1) would dominate the one overtime period played as they would rack up four corners and three shots. The fourth and final corner was the deciding factor as Marlon de Bruijne created space for herself and slotted a shot away to give ODU the win. 
"That's a great team win for us. We showed resilience and toughness even though we didn't play great. It's never easy to come back in the last few minutes away from home. We are able to fly home with an exciting win and have plenty to work on for next week," said head coach Andrew Griffths
"Providence played really well, tough and aggressively. They are well coached. They defended strong and physically, and it's a tough place to play."
"We pulled the goalie with a few minutes left in regulation and put some real pressure on, and Sacha picked a great time to score and tie it up. Then in overtime Lon smashed home a beautiful shot to get the win. We stuck together when the pressure was on near the end, played well in overtime and travel home with the result we wanted and have been working for," said Griffiths.
The Monarchs are back in action on Friday, Oct. 6 at 5 p.m. when they host Georgetown for a BIG EAST matchup at the L.R. Hill Sports Complex.