Field Hockey: Cal Overcomes Hoyas, Weather in Overtime

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Hurricane Cal tore through Georgetown at Kehoe Field yesterday afternoon. There were no reported survivors.

Playing in a virtual downpour, the No. 14 Cal field hockey team (6-1, 1-0 in NorPac) overcame adverse conditions and a scrappy Hoyas squad to take a 3-2 overtime victory.

"We took care of business," Cal coach Shellie Onstead said. "That's one down and two huge ones to go."

The Bears face No. 18 Virginia tomorrow at 3 p.m. and take on No. 1 Maryland Sunday at 10 a.m.

The Cavaliers (4-3) have been struggling of late and will be attempting to end a three-game losing streak.

The biggest test of the season will come against the Terrapins (8-1), last year's national title runners-up. Maryland is 4-0 at home.

Cal will get to test itself against the nation's best in this weekend's slate after battling the elements in its last game.

Against the Hoyas, the Bears faced an extra challenge from the torrential weather conditions.

Because of the saturated field, Cal's superior precision play could not be utilized, which made the match look more like a grass game, according to Onstead.

"(Georgetown) played with a whole lot of passion," Onstead said. "And the standing water negated our stick skills. It wasn't pretty."

Cal went ahead twice in regulation, but Georgetown (3-4) found an answer each time. Motivated to knock off a ranked team, the Hoyas hung on by the skin of their teeth.

Down 2-1 with six minutes left, Georgetown took advantage of a backfield error to score the tying goal and send the match to overtime.

Disregarding the poor weather, Onstead drew up a play to feature Cal's stick skill in the extra period. The team didn't disappoint.

"I told Nora Feddersen to dodge the first runner (on the corner) and dribble in closer for the shot," Onstead said.

The play worked just as planned, and Feddersen stuffed in the winning goal to crush the Hoyas' hopes.

The matchup was nearly a mirror image of the Bears' upset victory over Iowa last weekend, when it was Cal that came back to defeat the favorite 3-2 in overtime.

Luckily for the Bears, the pebble glanced off Goliath's head without leaving a mark this time, but they'll be back in David's shoes against the Terps.

"We'll be up against two formidable teams," said Onstead. "But the team's attack is looking good and it is only a matter of time before (our young) backfield can (avoid rookie mistakes.)"


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