Goetsch Scores Last Second Heave to Key No. 19 University of Maryland Past No. 20 Princeton University 9-8 OT at CWPA Eastern Championship

Shelby Reyes
Shelby Reyes

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Christine Goetsch (Jr., Santa Barbara, Calif./San Marcus) scored the game-tying goal with 2:15 remaining in regulation and converted on a buzzer beater in the second overtime period to earn Player of the Game honors as No. 19 University of Maryland stunned No. 20 Princeton University 9-8 OT at the 2011 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship.

Tied 7-7 with 4:55 remaining following a man-up goal by the Tigers' Lauren Brunner (Sr., Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis), Princeton took its first and only lead of the game at 2:54 courtesy a shot by Audrey Zak (Jr., Carlsbad, Calif./Carlsbad).

Trailing 8-7, the Terrapins turned to Goetsch who converted on a man-up chance at the 2:15 mark to knot the game at 8-to-8 and bring on overtime.

Neither team could solve their opposition's netminder through the first overtime period before Goetsch collected the ball with two seconds on the clock, cocked and fired a crossing shot which deflected off the hand of a defender and settled inches across the plane of the goalmouth for the deciding goal as the second overtime period horn sounded.

Overall, Southern Division Player of the Year Allison Campbell (So., Maple Ridge, B.C./Maple Ridge Secondary School) led the Maryland attack with three goals, while Goetsch and Ally Beck (Sr., Mission Viego, Calif./Santa Margarita) tacked on pairs of markers.

In goal, Shelbey Reyes (Jr., Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) tallied 11 saves in earning the victory, while counterpart Kristen Ward (Jr., Sacramento, Calif./St. Francis) turned away 14 scoring attempts in the losing effort.

Maryland was unable to pull away from the Tigers for the entirety of the contest as the Terrapins could not build a margin larger than a pair of goals from opening whistle to the closing horn of overtime.

Leading 3-1 following a penalty shot score by Beck at 4:15 of the first period, the Terrapins saw their lead dwindle down to a single strike by the end of the first period when Brunner blasted a shot past Reyes to make it 3-2.

Princeton tied the game at 3-3 with 5:41 remaining in the second period when Brunner struck again with a rocket from the wings, but Maryland responded via a line-drive shot by Maddie Murphy (Fr., Coronado, Calif./Coronado) with 5:22 remaining in the first half to establish a 4-3 lead at intermission.

Again, Princeton came back to tie the game as Zak zapped the Terrapins' with a man-up goal at the 3:40 mark of the third period, but Maryland countered with back-to-back tallies by Campbell to complete a hat-trick and give the Red & Black a cushion.

Both teams found the back of the cage to open the fourth period with Maryland's Elina Goldenberg (Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) pushing a shot into the cage at 7:09 to hand the Terrapins a 7-4 lead.

However, the Tigers used speed and precision to tie the game and set-up the dramatic finale as Katie Rigler (Fr., Fullerton, Calif./Rosary) netted a natural goal (6:37) before Brittany Zwirner (So., Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill) and Brunner converted on man-up chances at 5:54 and 4:55, respectively, to equal the damage at 7-to-7.

With the victory, Maryland advances to face No. 6 University of Michigan at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 in the tournament semifinals.  Princeton will meet George Washington University at 1:20 on April 30 with a shot at the fifth place game on the line.



1 2 3 4 OT 1
OT 2 -- Final
No. 20 Princeton University
2 1 1 4 0 0
-- 8
No. 19 University of Maryland
3 1 2 2 0 1 -- 9

Maryland Goals: Allison Campbell (3); Ally Beck (2); Christine Goetsch (2); Maddie Murphy; Elina Goldenberg

Princeton Goals: Lauren Brunner (3); Audrey Zak (2); Cari Levine; Brittany Zwirner; Katie Rigler

Saves: Maryland - Shelby Reyes (11) ; Princeton - Kristen Ward (14)

Exclusions: Maryland - 14 ; Princeton - 15

Advantage Opportunities:  Maryland - 5-for-15 ; Princeton - 3-for-14

Sprints: Maryland - 3-for-6 ; Princeton - 3-for-6

Cards: YC - Derek Ellingson (Princeton)

Officials: Mark Koganov, Alex Stankevitch 

Princeton's Audrey Zak looks to shoot against Maryland's Simone Lewis

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