In the final match of their 2012 Bermuda tour the Ithaca College Womenís Field Hockey team narrowly lost an exciting 7 goal end to end game against the Bermuda Federation team 4-3.
The Bermuda Federation squad, using a blend of youth and experience, who as a team were playing together for the first time, were able to be competitive against Ithaca College team which was obviously a lot fitter. Ithaca College took the lead in the 9th minute when Jamie Hargaves scored the first goal. The Federation team leveled the score in the 12th minute with Chloe Pullen scoring for Bermuda. The remainder of the first half saw end to end action with both teams midfield players feeding the forwards, forcing both teamsí goalkeepers to make saves or forwards shooting narrowly wide while perfectly placed.
In the second half Ithaca College came out running hard at the Bermuda Federation team and they were rewarded with an early goal in the 42nd minute which was scored by Danielle Corio. Bermuda trailing but still competitive as they did not drop their heads as the lead did not last long, a defensive mistake was punished in the 47th minute as Georgia Harris scored the first of her two goals for Bermuda. Ithaca College took the lead once again with Julia Conroy scoring to make the score 3-2 in the 52nd minute.
The intensity of the game picked up as the fit visitors sensing a victory ran hard at the Federation team forcing defenders to work hard while up front the Bermuda team had their chances on the counter attack as Ithaca went in search of their next goal. In the 58th minute the Federation team leveled the score once again as Harris scored her second goal of the game. Ithaca used their superior fitness and went search of the tying goal and attacked the Federation team in waves but they surprising were able to withstand the onslaught.
Bermuda took the lead in the 65th minute when Pullen scored her second goal of the game. The intense last 5 minutes saw both teams squander one on one opportunities, but Bermuda were able to narrowly hold on for a 4-3 victory.