A goal by Mary Nikish with just 17 seconds to play broke a tie game and lifted Stevens to a 3-2 win over Wesley College in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Field Hockey Quarterfinals.
The two squads battled through a scoreless first half before combining for five scores in the final 35 minutes.
The Wolverines (12-10) struck first, less than two minutes after play resumed. Danielle Tearl tapped the ball in off a centering pass from Madison Leone.
The Ducks' (12-7) Rachel Chavez had an assist and a goal in the next six minutes as Stevens took a 2-1 lead. Rachel Chavez sent the ball to Marguerite Chavez, who found the back of the cage to finish a breakaway exactly 41 minutes into the game. Rachel Chavez put the Ducks on top just 70 seconds later when she came down the right side and cut across the circle for a shot.
Wesley evened the game at 2-2 during the 48th minute when Leone scored unassisted and the game appeared headed for overtime.
Marguerite Chavez, however, sent a cross from left to right where Nikish deposited into the cage for the winning score with 17 seconds remaining in the game.
Amanda Hudson started the game and made four saves in the first half. Elizabeth Groom stopped three shots in the final 35 minutes. Krysten Suarez made just a single save in the win as Wesley scored twice despite mustering just six shots in the game.
The loss ends Wesley's 2011 season. The Wolverines won 12 games, marking the 15th consecutive season Wesley has won at least 11 games.