ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Muhlenberg salvaged a Senior Night victory for goalie Jordan Segrave, scoring in the 72nd minute to dispatch Washington, 2-1, in the final field hockey game of the season for both schools Nov. 2.
Rachel Richards scored the walk-off goal for the Mules (10-7), who reached double digits in wins for the fifth time in the last six years. Nine of their 10 wins this year were by shutout.
Sarah Raab set up Richards with a long pass for a one-on-one with Washington keeper Kayla Zapcic. Richards dribbled into the circle and put a reverse sweep high into the cage for the golden goal with 1 minute, 29 seconds elapsed in a second 10-minute extra period.
After honoring their lone senior, Segrave, the Mules controlled play for most of the game. They led 22-4 in shots and 15-3 in penalty corners.
Their first goal was scored off a corner when Kristin Oberg tipped in a pass from Alexandra Gann with 5:22 remaining in the first half.
Maddie Knight netted the equalizer for Washington with 6:38 remaining in the third quarter. It was the first collegiate goal for the sophomore from Parkton (Hereford High School), and it also was the end result of a penalty corner. Parker Wolf was credited with the assist.
Muhlenberg had all three shots in the first extra period, where the number of field players is reduced from 10 to six. Zapcic (seven saves) made two saves and the third shot went wide.
Richards scored on the only shot of the second extra period.
Muhlenberg bottled up Washington over the final 33 minutes and did not allow a shot after Knight’s goal.
Washington finished 4-12 on the season, absorbing its second one-goal loss of the week.
Nationally ranked Ursinus (11-7) defeated Washington in its final home game, 2-1, on Oct. 30.
Gemma Dufoe and Emma Saybolt provided the goals for the No. 12 Bears, who nearly squandered a 2-0 lead. They led 23-3 in shots and 14-0 in corners.
Washington got a huge game from Zapcic, who tied her season high of 15 saves.
Despite outshooting its host, 8-1, Ursinus was unable to dent the scoreboard in the first period.
Dufoe changed that midway through the second, putting back the rebound of a Saybolt shot that initially was saved by Zapcic.
The Bears held a 20-2 advantage in shots through the first three quarters, and all of that pressure paid off again with 20 seconds remaining in the third when Saybolt blasted home a shot from just inside the circle after a restart.
Ursinus was forced to sweat out the final quarter, however, as freshman Kyra Heap scored from close range with 11:27 to go on Washington’s only on-target shot of the game. The Bears did not permit another shot.