No. 19 Penn State field hockey team wins thriller in overtime

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. September 25, 2004 -The No. 19 Penn State field hockey, after holding off a late push from Princeton, escaped with a 1-0 overtime win. Senior Karin Grap (Van Etten, N.Y.) scored found the back of the cage at the 81:45 mark to give Penn State its first overtime win of the season.

Seniors Michele Rigby (Dover, Del.) and Amanda Eckert (Lititz, Pa.) assisted on Grap's sixth goal of the season. Eckert started the game-winning play with a stolen pass at mid-field.

Penn State controlled much of the second half and was able to hold off a late flurry of shots from the Tigers (2-6). Goalkeeper Megan Akstin (Poughkeepsie, N.Y) tallied four saves in the contest, with three of them coming in the final minutes. The shutout is Akstin's fifth of season.

160 fans braved the rain to see the Nittany Lions improve to 6-5 (1-0 Big Ten) on the season, winning five out of their last six games after a 1-4 start.

The Lions will look to continue their winning ways this Saturday when they host the Indiana Hoosiers. Game time is set for 12 p.m. at Bigler Field. For more information on Penn State field hockey and Nittany Lion athletics, visit




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