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  • FIELD HOCKEY: New rules for playoff overtime

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  • LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. — Count Little Falls Mounties coach Monica Tooley among the fans of a change to the postseason overtime procedures approved last month by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.
    A consistent critic of using strokes for a shootout to determine a winner in tie games, Tooley welcomes the arrival of the college tie-breaking format. Rather than lining a series of players up for strokes against the opposing goalies, the shootout will now feature a one-on-one attach at the goal with a time limit, similar to the shootout used on ice by the National Hockey League during its regular season.
    “I love this,” Tooley said when the rule change was adopted. “This is what I’ve wanted.”
    After exhausting overtime field play — two 10-minute, seven-on-seven periods of sudden-victory competition — each coach will select five shooters to take the ball 25 yards out from the cage with 10 seconds on the clock. The shooter has until the clock expires to carry the ball into the circle and attempt to score against the opposing goalie.
    “This is still two people,” Tooley conceded, “but it requires you to have a strategy. ... It puts the pressure on the field player instead of the goalie.”
    If the tie remains unbroken after five shooters, a second round of five would follow with the teams trading shots in a sudden victory format thereafter.
    The rule was adopted two years ago by the NCAA and Tooley described the high school change as a “trickle down” effect.
    “It’s going to force you to teach your goalie to be more aggressive, more active,” she said.
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