BRONX, N.Y. – The last 24 hours at Jack Coffey Field saw a little bit of everything from heavy rains and a flooded field to sunshine and perfect field conditions.
Drama and a little bit of overtime magic was also on the docket as the Fordham University women and Davidson College battled for the last Atlantic 10 playoff spot early Monday morning and saw Fordham pull out a 2-1 extratime victory on Marissa Stanco’s first career goal in the 95th minute.
The Rams improved to 4-4-2 in the league, 5-10-4 overall, while Davidson ended its season with at 8-8-3 and 3-5-2 in the league.
The Wildcats cashed in the 67th for a 1-0 lead. A Fordham defender tried to knock away but a Davidson it went right to Rachel Schleicher, who scored into the right side of the net for her first goal this season.
The match stayed in favor of the Wildcats until the 80th minute. Margaret Roughley headed a cross off the crossbar for the Rams, with the rebound coming to Crea Baker-Durante.Baker-Durante half volleyed a shot under the crossbar for her third goal.
In the 95th minute, goalkeeper Kelly LaMorte sent a long punt forward that was settled by Maura Holst, right to Marissa Stanco for a one-time shot from distance under the bar for the game-winning tally. It was Stanco’s first career goal.
LaMorte had two saves and an assist, while Mary Grace Bunch registered three saves for Davidson.
Fordham will move on to the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinals as the #6 seed. The Rams will play third-seeded Massachusetts Sunday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. at Rudd Field.