A team of West Chester State (Pa.) alumni defeated Southeast, 2-1, in the women's final and the Toronto Voyagers defeated Union Bank of Lagos, Nigeria, 2-1, in a shootout yesterday in the men's final of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Field Hockey tournament at Lincoln Mall.
The Voyagers won the shootout, 6-5, after the regular overtime of two 7 1/2-minute periods was called after four minutes because of approaching darkness.
Each team had 10 shots in the shootout and the difference for Toronto was scored by Ehsan Ali on the ninth shot.
After 25 minutes of scoreless play, Taju Uthman scored to give Union Bank a 1-0 lead in the men's final. Less than a minute later, Patrick Burrows scooped a rebound of a short corner past the Lagos goalie to tie the score. The Voyagers and Union Bank held each other scoreless through the 30-minute second half.
In the women's final, West Chester lost the services of a key forward and withstood a revitalized Southeast attack in the second half to come away with the championship in the six-nation, 32-team (16 men's squads, 16 women's squads) tournament.
West Chester moved ahead, 1-0, when forward Debbie Martin scored on a reverse stick drive early in the first half.
The Southeast team, composed of field hockey players from Baltimore, Washington and the Tidewater area, appeared to tie the score when inside forward Barbara Smith converted a short corner. Moments later, the goal was disallowed.
"It was called a goal," said Janet Grubb, Smith's linemate. "And a couple of minutes later, it was called back after an umpire conference."
The umpire ruled that Smith had not controlled the corner before she shot the ball into the cage.
But Grubb evened the score at 1-1 when she was awarded a penalty shot because of high sticking. The West Chester goalie had strayed from the net to block an oncoming shot, and when the rebound popped over her, a West Chester defender lifted her stick to block the shot.
With only a few minutes remaining in the first half, center back Jane Glass put West Chester ahead to stay when she knocked a corner pass from wing Deb Brackett past the goalie.
"The pass from Debbie was good and hard," said Glass, who was named the tournament's most valuable player for her performance in West Chester's six victories. "A hard, quick pass out from the end line gives a person time. It enables the shooter to get backswing on a penalty shot."