A career day for senior goalkeeper Megan Romelfanger, including a spectacular diving grab in the second overtime period, helped lead 23rd-ranked Case Western Reserve University to a double-overtime scoreless tie with Emory University on Friday night at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio.
The shutout was the ninth through 13 games this season for the Spartans defense. CWRU now stands at 7-3-3 overall, including a 0-2-1 mark in UAA games, while Emory 's record moved to 7-5-1, also with a 0-2-1 conference ledger.
Romelfanger finished the game with a season-high seven saves, including a pair during the two overtime periods. One of the two saves came at the 103:37 mark, when it appeared that Emory's Melissa Ardizzone had a clear shot on goal, but Romelfanger was able to preserve the shutout with a dive and a mid-air catch of the line-drive shot.
For the season, Romelfanger is now 5-3-3 with a 0.45 goals against average. The shutout was her fifth individual clean sheet of the year.
Playing conditions on Friday were made particularly difficult by poor weather at times during the game. As play began, a driving rain storm began that lasted for the first few minutes of the game. While the precipiation abated quickly, it returned early in the second half, turning into hail that coated DiSanto Field.
Offensively, the Spartans finished the game with seven shots, led by two apiece from junior Amy Lindberg and senior Makenzie Best. Five of CWRU's seven shots were on goal.
Case Western Reserve will continue its home stand on Sunday morning, when the Spartans host the University of Rochester at 11:00 a.m.