Gibbs Preston (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) led the Green Terror (3-1) with a natural hat trick, turning a 6-4 deficit midway through the third period into a 7-6 advantage with fewer than four minutes to play in regulation. He also added one assist.
Brent Fisk led the Eagles (4-2) with three goals while Charlie White tallied two goals and two assists.
Trailing, Matthew Daley (Wilmington, Del./A.I. Dupont) found Preston with 7:58 remaining in the third period to pull the visitors within one.
With 7:39 showing in the fourth quarter, Preston found the back of the net with an unassisted marker to knot the game before finishing a second solo run 3 minutes, 40 seconds later to give McDaniel a late lead.
Kohl Meyer forced overtime with just five seconds remaining in regulation before Deal finished a White helper for the win.
Fisk staked Mary Washington to a 1-0 lead 1:40 into the game before Mike Hatton (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) and Deane Mellor (Chadds Ford, Pa./Wilminton Friends School) gave the Green Terror a 2-1 lead at the end of the period.
Three straight Eagle goals over the first 8:28 of the second quarter gave the hosts a 4-2 lead before Bill Warner (Yardley, Pa./LaSalle) and Hatton booked Fisk’s third goal to make it a 5-4 game at the intermission.
White stretched the lead to 6-4 three minutes into the third quarter before Preston’s three straight goals gave McDaniel the lead again.
Mary Washington finished with a 32-23advantage in shots, including 12-5 in the fourth quarter but the Green Terror picked up 25 ground balls to the Eagles’ 19.
McDaniel returns to action against Connecticut College at Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 12 p.m.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 OT - F
McDaniel (3-1) 2 2 1 2 0 - 7
Mary Washington (4-2) 1 4 1 1 1 - 8
McDaniel: Gibbs Preston 3, Mike Hatton 2, Deane Mellor, Bill Warner.
Mary Washington: Brent Fisk 3, Charlie White 2, Kohl Meyer 2, Brian Deal.
McDaniel: Hatton, Preston, Matthew Daley.
Mary Washington: White 2, Evan Weiss.
Shots: M 23, MW 32. Ground Balls: M 25, MW 19. Goalies: M (Kenny McHugh 63:18 – 9 saves, 8 GA) MW (Ryan Kleman 63:18 – 10 saves, 7 GA). Extra-Man: M 0 of 1, MW 0 of 2. Face-Offs: M 9, MW 10. Clearing: M 10 of 12, MW 11 of 13. Penalties: M 2 for 1:30, MW 1 for 0:30.