News for 23 September 2013

All the news for Monday 23 September 2013


Day 1 of the Women's Pan American Cup ends with three big wins and a draw

Rebecca Kanter


Under freezing temperatures, day 1 of the Women’s Pan American Cup concluded with 3 big wins and one draw. In Pool A, Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago 12-0, including multiple goals from Carla Rebecchi, Luciana Aymar, and Martina Cavallero. Argentina scored early in the match off a penalty corner by Carla Rebecchi. Trinidad & Tobago played good defense as Argentina continued to pressure on attack. In the 14th minute Martina Cavallero scored a field goal to give Argentina a two goal lead. Luciana Aymar and Delfina Merino scored back-to-back goals that made the score 4-0 at halftime. Rebecchi again started the scoring for Argentina in the second half off a field goal. Trinidad & Tobago kept playing strong defense, but could not generate attack. Argentina then scored six goals in a ten minute span, including two more goals by Cavallero, one more by Aymar, and two more by Rebecchi. Thus, the final score ended 12 Argentina-0 Trinidad & Tobago.

Canada and Guyana played the other Pool A match. Canada scored first off an early goal by Hannah Haughn in the 5th minute.  A hard blast made it 2-0 by Thea Culley in the 15th minute. Five minutes later Canada went ahead 3-0 off a Abigail Raye field goal. Throughout the first half Canada dominated possession and was awarded a number of penalty corners. However, Guyana’s defense behind the strong play of Alysa Xavier, who was celebrating a birthday, Guyana’s keeper, prevented Canada from scoring off any of their penalty corners. Jessica Barnett gave Canada a 4-0 lead right before halftime. The second half started just like the first ended, with Canada strong on attack. Midway through the second half Canada held a seven goal lead over Guyana, after back-to-back penalty corner goals by Culley and Brienne Stairs, respectively. Much to their credit, Guyana kept playing strong defense, and prevented Canada from scoring for almost the rest of the half. Canada’s Stephanie Norlander scored in the final minutes making the final score, Canada 8-0 Guyana.

In Pool B, Chile and Uruguay battled. Both teams came out fighting for possession and most the play was in the midfield.  Throughout the match, each team earned a couple of penalty corners, but could not convert. At the very end of the first half, Chile was awarded a series of penalty corners, but Uruguay keeper Rossana Paselle Decia and her defense kept Uruguay from scoring. Thus, the match remained scoreless at halftime. In the second half, Chile had more possession, but again Uruguay’s defense held strong. In the final minutes of the match, Uruguay had a penalty corner, but the shot went just wide of the goal. As a result, the final score remained Chile nill, Uruguay nill.

The 2013 Women’s Pan American Cup started with a Pool B match between United States and Mexico. In near freezing conditions, both teams started fighting for possession. The United States, however, dominated most of the match. And received a number of penalty corners. In the 8th minute, the United States’ Katelyn Falgowski converted a penalty corner to make it 1-0 in favor of USA. Just three minutes later, Jamie Montgomery gave the USA a two goal lead also off a penalty corner. Mexico continued to play good defense and held off a number of USA penalty corners. Katie O’Donnell converted a penalty corner to make it 3-0 USA versus Mexico in the 25th minute. Mexico had a few attacking chances, but could not convert. Thus, the score remained 3-0 at halftime. The United States kept up their pressure in the second half when Katie Reinprecht scored off a penalty corner. Reinprecht scored again in the 52 minute to give the United States a five goal lead. The final score was 6-0 off a late goal by Paige SELENSKI.

Please stay tuned to www.panamhockey.org for live updates, videos, photos, and more.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release



Day 2 of Women's Pan American Cup finished.

Rebecca Kanter


Day 2 of the Women’s Pan American Cup has concluded. Currently in Pool A, Argentina has two wins and in Pool B, the United States has two wins. In the final match on Day 2 of the Women’s Pan American Cup Canada and Argentina played. The match started with both teams fighting for possession and play mostly in the midfield. In the 10th minute, Argentina earned the first penalty corner of the match. Argentina’s penalty corner shot went wide to keeping the match scoreless. Canada defended well a couple more Argentina penalty corners. In the 16th minute, Captain Luciana Aymar made it CAN 0-1 ARG. Then four minutes later, Carla Rebecchi gave Argentina a two goal lead over Canada. Canada continued to play really strong defense keeping Argentina from scoring. Argentina was awarded a penalty corner in the 32nd minute, but that was also well blocked. Yet, Argentina’s Agustina Albertarrio gathered the ball and put Argentina ahead 3-0 right before half time. The score remained Canada 0, Argentina 3 at halftime.

The second half also began with Argentina pressuring on attack. However, Canada continued playing strong defense to keep Argentina mostly outside their attacking circle. Argentina persisted and went ahead 4-0 over Canada off an another Rebecchi field goal in the 46th minute. Canada’s defense kept at Argentina and blocked a penalty corner shot in the 53rd minute. Five minutes later Canada stopped another Argentina penalty corner. Argentina’s Noel Barrionuevo put in a penalty stroke in the 59th minute to give her team a five goal lead. Barely one minute later, Barrionuevo scored another penalty stroke to making it 6-0 against Canada. Canada’s defense continued to play well and prevented Argentina from scoring again in the match. Thus, the final score ended Argentina 6, Canada 0.

In the first Pool A match on Day 2 of the Women’s Pan American Cup, Trinidad & Tobago and Guyana played. Both teams had attacking opportunities in the opening minutes, but Trinidad & Tobago earned the first penalty corner of the match. Trinidad & Tobago’s took a hard shot from the top of the circle that was deflected by Guyana into the goal to give Trinidad & Tobago an early 1-0 lead. Trinidad & Tobago continued to attack, but Guyana’s keeper Alysa Xavier made a good save to prevent another penalty corner goal by Trinidad & Tobago. Play continued in Trinidad & Tobago’s attacking half of the pitch for most of the first half. Guyana earned their first penalty corner of the match in the 22nd minute after they had a breakaway in their attacking end. Guyana soon earned another penalty corner, but the shot was blocked. Trinidad & Tobago went back on attack and earned two penalty corners in the final five minutes of the match. Again, Xavier performed big for Guyana to keep Trinidad & Tobago from scoring again.

The second half started like the first half, with Trinidad & Tobago earning a penalty corner in the opening minutes. Again, Guyana’s defense prevented Trinidad & Tobago from scoring. Guyana’s defense kept playing really well to keep Trinidad & Tobago from taking too many shots on goal. Throughout the second half, Trinidad & Tobago dominated possession and kept play in their attacking area. Again, Guyana’s defense prevented Trinidad & Tobago from scoring off penalty corners late in the second half. Trinidad & Tobago continued to pressure on attack, but were unable to get past the Guyana defense for the rest of the match. Thus, Trinidad & Tobago came away with the 1-0 win over Guyana.

In the second match of Day 2 of the Women’s Pan American Cup Mexico and Uruguay played. Uruguay got off to a fast start earning a penalty corner in the first minute of the match. Uruguay kept up the attacking pressure and earned two more corner also blocked by Mexico’s defense. After a couple more penalty corners, Urguay’s Manuela Villa Del Valle lifted in a goal to give Uruguay a 1-0 lead over Mexico. Uruguay’s Janine Stanley quickly made it 2-0. Mexico held strong defensively and prevented Uruguay from getting into their attacking circle. Mercedes Coates put Uruguay ahead 3-0 in the 29th minute. The halftime score remained 3-0 in favor of Uruguay. In the second half, Uruguay continued to dominate possession on offense. Mexico earned a penalty corner, but could not convert. In the second half, Mexico prevented Uruguay from having many attacking opportunities. Mexico, however, was unable to gain possession long enough to get into their attacking end. Uruguay scored their first goal of the second half following a nice two-against-one that Captain Anastasia Olave put in to make the score 4-0 at the very end of the match. Thus, the final score was Uruguay 4-Mexico 0.

Finally, day two of the Women’s Pan American Cup started with a Pool B match between Chile and the United States. The United States pressured early and was awarded a penalty corner, but the shot was saved by Chile’s defense. Chile immediately countered on attack and Manuela Urroz’s field goal in the 8th minute. The United States’ immediately tied the match 1-1 off a Kathleen Sharkey field goal. The United States continued to pressure on attack. And were awarded a couple of penalty corners that were defended well by Chile, including a save by keeper Claudia Schuler. The United States went ahead 2-1 off a shot by Michelle Kasold who pushed the ball in a crowded net. Bothe teams then battled for possession in the midfield for the rest of the half. Thus, the score remained USA 2-1 Chile at halftime. The second half started like the first one ended, the teams continued the fight for possession in the midfield. However, Melissa Gonzalez put the US ahead 3-1 over Chile. The United States was soon awarded a penalty corner and Captain Lauren Crandall pushed in the shot from the right side, making it a 4-1 score. The United States maintained their attacking pressure for most of the second half. A hard shot from the top of the circle by Paige Selenski made the score 5-1 in favor of the United States. With either team unable to score again, the match ended 5-1.

The Women’s Pan American Cup will continue on Tuesday September 24th. Please stay tuned to www.panamhockey.org for live updates, videos, photos, and more.

Pan American Hockey Federation media release



Team USA propels past Chile in their second match of the Pan American Cup

MENDOZA, Argentina – The U.S. Women took the pitch today against Chile in their second match of the Pan American Cup. Undeterred by Chile’s first-half pressure, Team USA persevered through the match and captured a 5-1 result.

“We played a good game today,” said U.S. Head Coach Craig Parnham. “Chile is a good defensive team, so it was important for us to control the tempo of the game."

The U.S. came out strong on attack, despite Chile’s goal within the first few minutes of the match. Chile drove the ball past U.S. goalkeeper Alesha Widdall (Witney Point, N.Y.) in the seventh minute of play. Team USA’s Kathleen Sharkey (Moosic, Pa.) answered five minutes later as she rocketed the equalizer from the top of the circle. The U.S. took lead of the game when Michelle Kasold (Chapel Hill, N.C.) tipped the ball in off the left post to give the squad a 2-1 advantage after the first half.

“I thought we executed our game plan today,” said Sharkey. “It was a little slow in the beginning but we knew as a team if we stuck to what we knew on attack we would be successful.”

Team USA kept cracking through Chile's defense at the start of the second half. Melissa Gonzalez (Mohegan Lake, N.Y.) drove into the circle and pushed the ball into the cage for the third goal of the match. The U.S. capitalized on another opportunity when Rachel Dawson (Berlin, N.J.) found Lauren Crandall (Doylestown, Pa.) on the left post to extend the lead to 4-1. Finally, Paige Selenski (Shavertown, Pa.) sailed in the last goal of the match from the top of the circle in the 65th minute.

“I think we played a nice spell in the second half where we played together and looked very organized,” said Parnham. “We will use tomorrow’s off day to train and prepare for our next match.”

Team USA will finish pool play against Uruguay on Tuesday, September 24, 3 p.m. ET. The semi-finals are scheduled for Thursday, September 26 and the gold and bronze matches on Saturday, September 28.

To support Team USA’s progress throughout the Pan American Cup follow @usafieldhockey for live updates and results.

USFHA media release



Indian eves lose 0-1 to China in Asia Cup hockey

KUALALUMPUR: India fought valiantly against higher-ranked China before going down by a solitary goal in their second Pool A match of the eighth Women's Asia Cup hockey tournament on Sunday.

The Indian eves, ranked 12th in the world, fought tooth and nail against the seventh ranked Chinese girls and matched their opponents for most part of the match.

With a morale-boosting 13-0 win over Hong Kong China in their tournament opener yesterday, India did not give an inch to the nimble-footed Chinese, at least in the opening half, as both the teams failed to break the deadlock in the first period.

Both the teams continued in the same vein after the change of ends before Wang Meng Yu finally broke the deadlock for China by converting a penalty corner in the 50th minute.

Trailing 0-1, the Indians pressed hard for the equaliser and created quite a few scoring chances but the Chinsese defence stood tall to deny their opponents.

India's forwardline led by Rani Ramphal, who scored seven goals against Hong Kong China yesterday, were found wanting in front of the disciplined Chinese defence today.

The Indians created chances but most of their efforts fizzled out after entering opposition circle.

With two wins from as many games, China are at the top of Pool A. India and hosts Malaysia are closely behind with one win and a loss each.

India will play Malaysia in their last pool match on Tuesday.

A draw against Malaysia would ensure India's place in the semi-finals on better goal difference, while the hosts have no choice but to win against the Indians.

The Times of India



Malaysia a class act

by  Satwant Dhaliwal


Malaysia staved off the challenge of Pan American champions Argentina to walk away with all three points against Argentina, winning 4-2 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium in Johor Baru.

It was a commanding performance as the Asian champs stamped their class from the first whistle and the result never in doubt despite Argentina equalising at one stage.

The win will no doubt put Malaysia in a comfortable frame of mind ahead of their match against Korea on Monday, a match the Koreans dread.

"Malaysia are good in attack and defence and we must play a smart tactical plan if we hope to get anything out of the match," said Korean skipper Lee Beom Reyeol.

It was a Mohd Shahril saabah that set the hosts to a winning start and team manager Mirnawan Nawawi paid tribute to his boys.

"We remained composed and that was the key to the win. And from the four penalty corners, we scored off three and that is a very good percentage," said Mirnawan.

"What we need to do now is to play consistently and not make unforced errors and defence. I am happy with the outcome but I believe the players can play better."

Malaysia had a great start when Mohd Shahril saabah converted a penalty corner in the 7th minute, sending his low flick past Argentina keeper Tomas Matias Santiago and postman Nicolas Ciclleo.

Another penalty corner in the 11th minute was squandered as the push out by Firhan Ashaari way way ward and Argentina could breathe in relief.

However Argentina were fortunate to score their equaliser as a hit by Fredico Lionel Monja struck the stick of Kavin Karthik and sailed past Ahmad sobri Mohd Hazrul Faiz for an own goal.

Malaysia were undeterred with skipper Mohd Fitri Saari pulling the strings in midfield. Off their third penalty corner, Malaysia were forced to play a variation as the push out was weak. The ball was played back to Fitri whose goal bound shot was neatly deflected by Shahril for a 2-1 lead in the 23rd minute.

Argentina could not handle the fast pace set by the Malaysians are were looking tired as they went into halftime with the home team holding a slender 2-1 lead.

Three minutes into the second half Shahril completed his hattrick as a cleverly worked penalty corner was relayed to him by Fitri and Shahril flicked into the roof of the net giving Malaysia a 3-1 lead.

Mohd Syamim Yusof then went on one of his wizardy runs on the left flank and his snap shot beat the keeper and Rashid Baharom added the finishing touches to make it 4-1 in the 48th minute.

Aegentina p[ulled one back in the 64th minute as Carlos Isidoro Ibarra converted a penalty corner but it was a little to late to salvage anything.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



India edge England

by  Satwant Dhaliwal


India edged England 2-1 in a closely contested match at the 3rd Sultan of Johor cup at the Taman Daya Hockey stadium.

"We failed to capitalise on the chances we created but all credit to England who stayed in the game and gave us a tough time," said India coach Gregg Clark.

"It is a question of getting things right and this being our first match it was a decent performance as we really should have not been caught in possession as many times as we did.

"Still I am happy with the three points and a winning start is always welcomed. But we can improve."

England were the early aggressors and forced a penalty corner in the third minute which Indian keeper Harjot Singh easily saved.

Three minutes later India took the lead as Ramandeep Singh deflected a searching ball from Satbir Singh that hit England keeper Harry Jay Gibson on the helmet and went into goal.

India upped the ante and came close several times, and England failed to make a clean stop off their second penalty corner in the 18th minute.

But England defended stoutly, not giving much space to the speedy Indian forwards and at halftime it was India 1 England 0.

India forced three penalty corners early in the second half, 41st, 42nd and 45th minutes, but Amit Rohidas was woefully off target, hardly testing Gibson.

Roper came close with his penalty corner attempt in the 49th minute and the rebound fell to Brendan William who however shot into the side netting.

India were not to be denied their second goal as Talwinder Singh picked up the loose balland slotted into an empty goal after an attempt by Tirkey Amon Mirash was stopped by the keeper.

Manpreet then took to the field in the 53rd minute and India started dominating again..

England pulled agoal back in the 66th minute via Samuel Stanely French but ran out of time.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



Pakistan get off to winning start

by  Satwant Dhaliwal


Pakistan got off to a winning start in the 3rd Sultan of Johor Cup when they defeated South Korea 3-0 at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

"We did not take the chances that came our way in the first half and that made things difficult. It was too hot for us and that somewhat affected our performance today," said Pakistan Manzoor Hassan.

"We hope to improve as the tournament progresses and will take it one match at a time. This is a good result and I had no doubt we will win."

The two teams met in the inaugural edition of the SOJC with Korea winning 2-1.

For Pakistan skipper Umar Bhutta, the winning start was important towards their quest of pride redemption.

"We are looking at improving as the days go by. It took a bit of adjustment to the pitch as the players were slipping," said Umar.

"Though we never played England for a long time I am confident we can collect all three points tomorrow."

It was a rather tentative start by both teams in the opening minutes as the humidity level obviously affected both teams.

Korea forced a penalty corner in the 13th minute but failed to get a shot on target to trouble the Pakistani defence.

With Ali Shan pulling the strings in midfield, combining well with Umar Bhutta, pakistan started stringing some decent moves.

But they never troubled the Korean keeper Lee Se Young despite attempts by Muhammad dilber towards the closing stages of the first half.

Korea were awarded their third penalty corner but the attempt by skipper Lee eom Ryeol was kept out by a leaping Mazhar Abbas in the Pakistan goal.

However Pakistan started creating openings and off one such move Muhammad Dilber broke through to put his team ahead in the 48th minute.

Pakistan moved into a higher gear after the goal as they dominated play and in the 50th minute they could have doubled their advantage as Faisal Qadir's reverse stick hit was well saved by Korean custodian Se Young.

In the 53rd minute, Pakistan doubled their advantage as Uwar broke through the right and set Muhammad Umair the simplest of tasked to score with the Korean defence caught.

Pakistan had a good opportunity to increase the lead but Muhammad Tousiq was denied a penalty corner goal as Se Young dived  full length to turn the ball around the upright.

However Dilber made it count in the 63rd minute, having had his initial shot saved by Se Young only to pich up the rebound and put the ball in to make it Pakistan 3 Korea 0.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



Off to a great start

Dharmaraj’s boys outclass Argentina

By JUGJET SINGH



Malaysia’s Baharom Mohd Rashid hassles an Argentina player in their Sultan of Johor Cup opening match at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium yesterday. Pic by Roslan Khamis

MALAYSIA started their Sultan of Johor Cup campaign with a 4-2 win over Argentina with Shahril Saabah claiming a hat-trick at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday.

The scoreline indicated an easy win, but in fact it was Malaysia's penalty corner battery that saved the day by delivering three goals, as the Argentinians also displayed some impressive hockey but were blunt in the semi-circle.

"We went in looking for a win, and my players rose to the ocassion by beating Argentina comprehensively. This is the kind of attitude and performance I will be expecting from them in the remaining matches," said an elated coach K. Dharmaraj.  Malaysia play South Korea today.

"Even though Pakistan outclassed the Koreans (3-0) they cannot be taken lightly and we will be looking for early goals to make sure of another win," said Dharmaraj.

Malaysia started on a flying note when in the seventh minute, Shahril Saabah converted a penalty corner with a low flick past Argentina keeper Tomas Matias Santiago and postman Nicolas Ciclleo.

But another penalty corner in the 11th minute was squandered as the push-out by Firhan Ashaari was way off and Argentina were let off the hook.

However, Argentina were fortunate to score their equaliser in the 18th minute as a hit by Fredico Lionel Monja struck the stick of Kavin Karthik and sailed past goalkeeper Ahmad Sobri for an own goal.

Malaysia kept fighting for possession, and off their third penalty corner, they were forced to play a variation when the push out was again off tandem.

The ball was played back to Fitri Shaari whose goal-bound shot was neatly deflected in by Shahril for a 2-1 lead in the 23rd minute.

Shahril again proved his mettle when Malaysia won their fourth penalty corner three minutes after the restart, and he sent the ball crashing to the top of the net for his hat-trick.

Syamim Yusof then brought more cheers to the Malaysian side in the 48th minute when he beat three Argentinians before sending the ball goal-bound while Rashid Baharom made sure by guiding the ball home to get his name on the scoreboard.

With a 4-1 lead, Malaysia hit a home run for their first three points even though there were still 20 minutes to play.

Argentina scored their second goal in the 64th minute off Isidoro Carlos but it was too late to douse the Malaysian celebrations.

In an earlier match, Pakistan, powered by their skipper Olympian Umar Bhutta, beat South Korea 3-0. The goals were scored by Muhammad Dilber (48th, 63rd) and Muhammad Umair (53rd).

India edged England 2-1 in the second match with the goals coming from Ramandeep Singh in the sixth minute and Talwinder Singh in the 50th. England's goal was scored by Stanley French in the 66th minute.

FIXTURES -- Sept 25: Argentina v South Korea (4pm), Malaysia v England (6pm), India v Pakistan (8pm).

Sept 26: England v Argentina (4pm), South Korea v India (6pm), Malaysia v Pakistan (8pm).

Sept 28: Argentina v Pakistan (4pm), India v Malaysia (6pm), South Korea v England (8pm).

Sept 30: Final and placing matches.

New Straits Times



India beat England 2-1 in Sultan of Johor Cup opener

JOHOR BAHRU (Malaysia): India started their campaign in Sultan of Johor Cup U-21 hockey tournament on a perfect note, defeating England 2-1 in their opening round-robin match on Sunday.

The Indians scored a goal each, both from field efforts, in both the halves to pocket full three points from the encounter.

Ramandeep Singh gave India the lead in the 18th minute before Talwinder Singh doubled the lead for his side in the 50th minute.

Sam French pulled one back for the Englishmen, converting a penalty corner in the 67th minute.

Despite the victory, the Indians looked far from convincing in the match and did just enough to secure the victory.

The Indians got four penalty corners in the match but failed to convert a single one. England were no better as they utilised just one of the six short corners that came their way.

India forced three penalty corners early in the second half -- 41st, 42nd and 45th minutes, but Amit Rohidas was woefully off target, hardly testing England goalkeeper Gibson.

The Indians should also thank their custodian Harjot Singh, who made a couple of great saves to keep a clean slate for his side till the 67th minute.

India coach Gregg Clark too agreed that his wards were not upto the mark against England.

"We failed to capitalise on the chances we created but all credit to England who stayed in the game and gave us a tough time," Clark said after the match.

"It is a question of getting things right and this being our first match it was a decent performance as we really should have not been caught in possession as many times as we did," he said

"Still I am happy with the three points and a winning start is always welcomed. But we can improve," the South African added.

The Times of India



Pakistan clinch 3-0 win in opener

KARACHI: The Pakistan junior hockey team got off to flyer at the Sultan of Johor Cup, defeating South Korea 3-0 in its campaign opener at Johor Bahru, Malaysia yesterday.

Both sides played a goalless first-half, but Pakistan dominated the final session to secure winning points, thanks to a brace from Mohammad Dilber.

Both teams started cautiously however  the match gained momentum after Korea won their first penalty corner in the 13th minute, which they failed to capitalise.

This, in turn, charged up the Pakistan team who began to break into the opposition’s defense. In spite of repeated attempts, a defiant Korean defense restrained them well.

The greenshirts continued to dominate in the second-half and found an opener with the help of Mohammad Dilber.

Pakistan geared up to make further impact and came close to doubling their lead in the 50th minute, but Faisal Qadir’s brilliant reverse hit was well saved by the Korean defender.

However, they managed to increase their lead by 2-0 three minutes later through Mohammad Umair who took a strike from captain Umar Bhutta’s pass. Seven minutes before the final whistle, Dilber sealed a 3-0 win for Pakistan.

Team head coach and manager Manzoorul Hassan was content with the start.

“We missed chances in the beginning but ended the game well,” said the Olympian. “We will take it one match at a time. This is a good result and start for us.”

Pakistan will meet England in their second match today.

The Express Tribune



Deepak, Prabhjot rise to the occasion for IOCL

S. Thyagarajan


IOCL, led by sparkling performances from Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh, claimed the Gold Cup and MCC Challenge Trophy with a 6-4 win over Indian Overseas Bank in the MCC-Murugappa hockey tournament at the Mayor Radhakrishnan Stadium here on Sunday.

The winner received a cash award of Rs. 2.5 lakh while IOB was richer by Rs. 1.5 lakh.

Incidentally, IOCL was the joint winner of the trophy with Air India last year.

With IOCL in complete command — the team led 4-0 at half-time — the final was turning into an insipid one, much to the disappointment of the huge crowd, when IOB scored two goals through Rupinderpal Singh.

The second half saw the bank side in full flow but that wasn’t enough to stop IOCL. Though beaten, the local outfit was definitely not disgraced as the final tally bears out.

The combination of Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh proved too persistent and problematic for the IOB defenders.

Served brilliantly in the midfield by Dharamvir and Inderjeet, and with Roshan Minz contributing his mite, the IOCL frontline was confidence-personified.

Almost throughout, IOCL held the whiphand, thanks to the two goals — each as eye-catching as the other — by Deepak, and two by Prabhjot.

Unfazed by the huge deficit, IOB threw everything it had into the attack after resumption even as goalkeeper Sreejesh was replaced by Shan.

Now-or-never

It was a now-or-never situation for IOB. Mudappa and Shanmugam headed the sallies, throwing the IOCL defence into disarray.

Rupinderpal first converted a penalty corner to inject some life into the proceedings and narrowed the lead by making no mistake off a penalty stroke that was awarded when Vikesh Sharma came in the way of his penalty corner strike.

This was the phase during which IOB dominated the match, but Prabhjot checked the trend with a fine goal.

Though IOB picked up the thread again, with Rafeeq scoring off a scrimmage followed by a goal by Amandeep Ekka, it was IOCL which had the last laugh.

The result:

Final: IOCL 6 (Deepak Thakur 3, Prabhjot Singh 3) bt IOB 4 (Rupinderpal Singh 2, Rafeeq, Amandeep Ekka).

Special awards:

Player-of-the-tournament: V.R. Raghunath (IOCL).

Best forward: Deepak Thakur (IOCL).

Best midfielder: Dharamvir (IOCL).

Best defender: Birendra Lakra (BPCL).

Man-of-the-final: Prabhjot Singh (IOCL).

Recognition for service to hockey: P.V. Pandarinathan (women’s hockey, Rs. 60,000 cash award).

The Hindu



Indian Oil Corporation win Murugappa Gold Cup hockey

Chennai: Indian Oil Corporation survived a brilliant second-half comeback by Indian Overseas Bank to post a 6-4 win in the final of the 88th All-India MCC-Murugappa Gold Cup hockey tournament here Sunday.

Leading 4-0 at half-time, IOC, last year's joint winners, turned complacent on resumption and the bankmen capitalised on the situation to get back into the game, but eventually succumbed to the collective class and experience of their opponents.

Starring in IOC's win were former India stars Deepak Thakur and Prabhjot Singh who scored thrice apiece while for IOB, Rupinderpal Singh (2) and Amardeep Ekka struck.

IBN Live



Aussie great Terry Walsh likely to be named hockey chief coach

Hockey India awaits Sports Authority of India nod.

Rutvick Mehta


Terry Walsh, the prolific Australian striker of the 1970s and 1980s and later coach of The Netherlands, Malaysia and his home country, is almost certain to be named the chief coach of the Indian men’s hockey team.

“Walsh is almost certain to get the job,” a Hockey India official told dna on Sunday. “The other three contenders — one from Australia and two from The Netherlands — have a very weak resume. Our last round of meetings with Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials was fruitful. The ball now is in their court,” said the official, who didn’t wish to be named.

“Look, he is an ideal replacement for (Michael) Nobbs. As far as we are concerned, he is the best man to take charge of the team,” he said, adding that the formalities should be “completed by the end of this week”.

Also, MK Kaushik, who was named the coach after Nobbs was sacked as chief coach, would continue in his role. “There are two different posts in the men’s team — chief coach and coach.

Kaushik will remain coach,” HI secretary Narendra Batra said. He, however, refused to confirm Walsh’s appointment, saying “the announcement will be made only after we receive confirmation from SAI”.

Batra added that Roelant Oltmans, under whom the team put up an impressive show in the Asia Cup (India lost to South Korea in the final), would continue to be the high-performance director of the men’s and women’s teams.

Walsh has a vast international coaching experience. He was in charge of the Australian men’s team from 1997 to 2000, and helped them bag a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games. He then guided the Dutch men’s team to a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was last associated with the American team as their technical director.

The 59-year-old is a three-time Olympian and was part of the silver-winning Aussie side in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. His team finished fourth at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.

DNA



Sam Ward brace helps Beeston beat rivals Reading


Beeston's Sam Ward scores

Sam Ward kept Beeston on track as the defending champions saw off Reading 4-3 in a tight contest in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division on Sunday.

Ward hit two goals to help his side survive a second half comeback from Reading.

Will Naylor also doubled up as he lifted Hampstead and Westminster to a 4-1 victory over Loughborough Students.

East Grinstead made it two wins from two games with a comprehensive 9-1 defeat of Canterbury.

It was the prolific Ashley Jackson who opened the scoring for East Grinstead, converting a penalty stroke after just three minutes. And East Grinstead raced to 5-0 lead by half time.

Jackson went on to score a second and Mark Pearn and new signing David Condon also bagged a brace.

Newly promoted Sheffield Hallam are still looking for their first win of the season after losing 3-1 to Surbiton. Again, the Sheffield side started brightly as they took an early lead through Mike Shaw.

But two goals from Alan Forsyth put Surbiton into the lead and condemned Sheffield Hallam to their second defeat in as many weeks.

In the other Premier Division game, Cannock lost out to Wimbledon 2-0.

Cardiff and Met seem to have picked up where they left off last year by winning both of their games so far in the NOW: Pensions Conference West. Luke Hawker and Rupert Shipperley got their names on the score sheet for Cardiff once again as they cruised to a 4-2 victory over University of Exeter.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference East, Southgate looked impressive as they put five past Brighton and Hove. Simeon Bird, Andrew Westbrook, Charlie Rookes, Nils Lloyd-Penny and Matt Coombes all got in on the action as they won 5-1.

There were goals galore in the NOW: Pensions Conference North with Leek top-scoring with six. West Bridgford had no answer for Leek’s firepower as they drew a blank. Ben White and Paul Nixon notched two goals each for Leek.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (September 22 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division:
Canterbury 1, East Grinstead 9; Sheffield Hallam 1, Surbiton 3; Beeston 4, Reading 3; Hampstead & Westminster 4, Loughborough Students 1; Cannock 0, Wimbledon 2.

NOW: Pensions Conference East: Cambridge City 2, Old Loughtonians 1; Brighton and Hove 1, Southgate 5; Bromley and Beckenham 4, St Albans 2; Teddington 2, Richmond 2.

NOW: Pensions Conference North: Olton & West Warwicks 4, Belper 2; Leek 6, West Bridgford 0; Deeside Ramblers 1, Bowdon 2; Wakefield 0, University of Durham 4; Khalsa 2, Brooklands MU 3.

NOW: Pensions Conference West: Guildford 1, Fareham 5; Isca 2, Team Bath Buccaneers 4; Cardiff & Met 4, University of Exeter 2; Havant 5, Cheltenham 2; Indian Gymkhana 4, University of Birmingham 1.

England Hockey Board Media release



Bees edge EHL rivals Reading in English Premier Division

ENGLAND: Two of England’s Euro Hockey League representatives butted heads at the weekend, with Beeston emerging as 4-3 winners against Reading in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Sam Ward continued a fine run of form by scoring two of the Bees' goals, with Gordon McIntyre and Martin Scanlon also on target. Reading’s goals came from England and Great Britain internationals Richard Mantell, Jonty Clarke and Darren Cheesman.

Fellow EHL side Surbiton were also in action, grabbing a 3-1 away victory against Sheffield Hallam thanks to goals from Geoff Mccabe and a double from Alan Forsyth.

Beeston and Surbiton have two wins out of two in the England Hockey League, but East Grinstead currently top the table courtesy of a superior goal difference. Grinstead produced a remarkable performance away from home by thrashing Canterbury 9-1, with Ashley Jackson, Mark Pearn and David Condon all netting doubles. 

Euro Hockey League media release



Rotterdam, OZ & Kampong all win in Hoofdklasse

NETHERLANDS: It was a great weekend for all three of the Dutch Euro Hockey League representatives, with Rotterdam, Oranje Zwart and Kampong all recording victories.

H.C. Rotterdam held off a late fight back to emerge as 4-3 winners against Den Bosch. Strikes from Bas Campbell, Jeroen Hertzberger, Timmo Kranstauber and an own goal helped establish a 4-1 lead for the Dutch champions, with late efforts from Matthijs Brouwer and Lucas Vila reducing the deficit for the visitors.

Oranje Zwart fought back from 1-0 down to record a fine 1-2 away victory at Pinoke. Joost van de Vijfeijken gave the home team the lead early in the second half, but penalty corners from Mink van der Weerden and Sander Baart gave OZ a fine triumph on the road. 

It was a fantastic weekend for Kampong, who powered to a 4-2 victory over 2012-13 Euro Hockey League champions HC Bloemendaal. Roderick Weusthof was the star of the show, netting a brilliant hat-trick in the success.

After four rounds of matches, Amsterdam H&BC are leading the Hoofdklasse ahead of HGC, with Oranje Zwart in third. Kampong and Rotterdam are in fifth and sixth respectively, with both teams having two wins and two losses to their name so far this season.

Euro Hockey League media release



Harvestehuder top table in Germany

GERMANY:  If their Bundesliga form is anything to go by, it would seem that Euro Hockey League newcomers Harvestehuder are warming up nicely for their appearance at EHL Round 1.1 Barcelona. The team are unbeaten after five games, having claimed four wins and a draw to sit at the top of the league on goal-difference.

Harvestehuder stormed to victories in their opening four matches of the 2013-14 season and produced a battling display to claim a hard earned point at triple Euro Hockey League champions and city rivals UHC Hamburg at the weekend.

Germany star Florian Fuchs gave UHC an early lead before Anton Pöhling and a Nico Jacobi own goal saw Harvestehuder turn the match on its head. The match swung back in the favour of UHC thanks to goals either side of half time from Fuchs and Jan Philipp Rabente before a 60th minute penalty corner from league top scorer Michael Körper earned a deserved draw for the visitors.

Harvestehuder sit just ahead of second placed Krefeld and surprise outfit Blau-Weiss Berlin in third. Euro hockey League sides Rot-Weiss Köln and Uhlenhorst Mülheim sit in sixth and eighth place respectively, with both teams having lost two of the five games that they have played so far.

Euro Hockey League media release



Ventures retain Fijian hockey titles

Arin Kumar


Shirley Robinson, right, controls for Stingers against Ventures in the women's hockey final at the National Hockey Centre yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

THE Ventures men's and women's side successfully retained their respective titles at the Marist Eastgate Memorial Hockey tournament last night.

The men's side overcame Stingers 5-4 on penalty strokes after both sides were locked 1-all at full-time while the women's side defeated Stingers 3-0 at the National Hockey Centre in Suva.

The Ventures men's side laced with national reps Adrian Smith and Leevan Dutta retained the Reginald Eastgate Memorial Trophy while the women's side retained the Dorothy Eastgate Memorial Trophy.

Results: Friday: Women's: Marist 0 Stingers Fusion 0, Ventures 10 Hackers 0.

Men's: Stingers 0 Marist White 2, Ventures II 1 Hackers 1, Ventures I 10 Bobcats 1, Marist Blue 0 Stingers Extreme 0, Stingers 6 Ventures II 0.

Saturday: Women's: Stingers Fusion 2 Jetsetters 0, Ventures 4 Rebels 0, Marist 5 Jetsetters 0.

Men's: Hackers 2 Rebels 2, Stingers Extreme 0 Falcons 1, Mates 3 Bobcats 0, Marist White 0 Hackers 0, Stingers 6 Rebels 1, Marist Blue 5 Bobcats 0, Mates 3 Falcons 0, Marist White 0 Rebels 0, Ventures I 6 Mates 0, Marist Blue 2 Falcons 1, Stingers Extreme 0 Bobcats 1, Marist Blue 1 Mates 2, Ventures I 8 Falcons 0, Stingers 7 Hackers 0.

Yesterday: Men's: Ventures I 3 Stingers Extreme 0, Bobcats 2 Falcons 0, Marist White 0 Ventures I 1, Mates 1 Stingers Extreme 0, Ventures II 1 Rebels 2, Ventures I 9 Marist Blue 0.

Women's semi-finals: Ventures 2 Hackers 1, Marist 1 Stingers 3.

Men's semi-finals: Ventures I 6 Marist White 1, Stingers 3 Mates 0

Women's final: Ventures 3 Stingers 0

Men's final: Ventures 5 Stingers 4

The Fiji Times



Burnside Hockey Club takes prizes at Hockey SA Awards despite not having a home base

Emma Altschwager



Burnside Hockey Club players Miki Spano, James Keeves and Lucy Talbot. Source: News Limited

BURNSIDE  Hockey Club has been a smash hit at the recent Hockey SA Awards despite not having a home ground for eight years.

Lucy Talbot was named women's player of the year after moving to Adelaide from New Zealand last year.

James Keeves and Miki Spano were named the 2013 rising stars, while Matt Claxon was runner up men's player of the year.

The club also won the ­Japan Cup for the best overall club, based on criteria such as team results, the number of state and national players and a low number of penalty cards.

The club has been searching for a new home ground since its base at Kensington Gardens Reserve was ­demolished in 2005.

A bid to return to the reserve in 2011 was rejected by Burnside Council and the club has since been training at Prince Alfred College and Gepps Cross.

Club president Steve Shearer said the awards were testament to the club's   spirit and players' commitment.

"When you consider that we don't have a clubhouse and we don't have a ­synthetic pitch, it is ­extraordinary that the Burnside Hockey Club ­performs as well as it does," Mr Shearer said.

"Any other club would have utterly collapsed by now, but not us."

He said the club would be even stronger if it had a ­synthetic pitch.

"This year, while we did well and had a number of our senior and junior teams in the finals, we only managed to secure premierships in the under-18 women and Metro 4 women," he said.

"Without our own synthetic pitch our training time is severely limited and we often have only a half field per team for training.

"This limits players' skills development as well as team skills."

Talbot, 24, was surprised and honoured to be named women's player of the year.

She agreed with Mr Shearer that a home ground would boost on-field success.

"Being able to have a turf and clubroom would build morale … and hosting games on a home turf is an advantage," ­Talbot said.

"It would also allow us to train more often and at more convenient times."

Mr Shearer said the club was considering three sites for a new clubroom and synthetic pitch and hoped to secure a home ground site within the next few months.

BURNSIDE'S AWARDS

WOMEN'S player of the year: Lucy Talbot

RISING Stars: James Keeves and Miki Spano

MEN'S player of the year runner-up: Matt Claxon

Eastern Courier Messenger




East and Midland take Inter-District honours

East and Midland were the winners of the Scottish U18 and U16 Inter-District competitions at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre this weekend.

Following two days of excellent youth hockey at the new venue, the youth international coaches and managers will get together to select the squads for the Scotland U16 and U18 performance programmes.

In the U18 Boys event, it came down to a 'winner takes all' contest between East and West, with the former running out 2-1 victors ensuring they topped the standings.

In the U16 Boys event, Midland's 2-0 win over West yesterday turned out to the be the all important result.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches, officials, volunteers and staff for making it an enjoyable and excllent weekend for all who participated.

The U18 and U16 Girls Inter-District event will take place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre next weekend (28/29 September). The schedule is now available in the youth competitions section.

U18 Boys Inter-District Results:

Midland 1 v 3 West
East 7 v 1 North
Highland 2 v 9 Midland
North 1 v 9 West
East 12 v 1 Highland
West 6 Highland 1
Midland 1 East 4
Highland 2 North 3
East 2 West 1
North 1-2 Midland

U18 Boys Inter-District Final Standings:

1. East
2. West
3. Midland
4. North
5. Highland

U18 Boys Inter-District Results:

East 0 v 1 Midland
West 3 v 0 North
Highland 1 v 4 East
West 0 v 2 Midland
North 5 v 1 Highland
Midland 5 Highland 0
North 3 East 7
Highland 1 West 2
Midland 7 North 1
West 2-3 East

U16 Boys Inter-District Final Standings:

1. Midland
2. East
3. West
4. North
5. Highland

U18 Boys Inter-District Results:

Midland 1-3 West
East 7-1 North
Highland 2-9 Midland
North 1-9 West
East 12-1 Highland
West 6-1 Highland
Midland 1-4 East
East 2-1 West
North 1-2 Midland

U18 Boys Inter-District Final Standings:

1. East
2. West
3. Midland
4. North
5. Highland

U16 Boys Inter-District Results:

East 0-1 Midland
West 3-0 North
Highland 1-4 East
West 0-2 Midland
North 5-1 Highland
Midland 5-0 Highland
North 3-7 East
Highland 1-2 West
Midland 7-1 North
West 2-3 East

U16 Boys Inter-District Final Standings:

1. Midland
2. East
3. West
4. North
5. Highland

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Degnan scores two to lead Orange past defending national champs


Serra Degnan had two goals as Syracuse defeated defending national champion Princeton. Syracuse Athletics

No. 1 North Carolina 6, VCU 0

RICHMOND, Va. – Top-ranked North Carolina scored early and often Sunday afternoon at VCU en route to a 6-0 victory against the host Rams. Playing at Cary Street Field, the Tar Heels stayed undefeated with the shutout, improving to 8-0 on the season. VCU fell to 2-5.

Junior Loren Shealy scored the game-winner in the fourth minute of play, deflecting in a ball from sophomore Emma Bozek. Thirty-two seconds later, Shealy helped make it 2-0, driving into the circle and sending a ball to the cage, where junior Abby Frey tipped it in from the left side. In the 16th minute, freshman Lauren Moyer scored on a pass from junior Charlotte Craddock to put UNC up 3-0.

In the 28th minute, freshman Kristy Bernatchez scored the first of her two goals on the day, grabbing a rebound and putting it past VCU goalkeeper Megan Botteri to make the advantage 4-0.

In the 31st minute, on one of six first-half penalty corners, sophomore Nina Notman sent a hard shot into the goal, assisted by sophomore Emily Wold on the stick stop and graduate student Janne Grove on the push-in.

Two minutes before halftime, Bernatchez got her second goal of the day to put the halftime score at 6-0.  That would remain the final, as the Tar Heels didn’t score on any of their eight second-half shots, four of which were on-goal and saved by Botteri.

No. 2 Maryland 2, Michigan 0

COLLEGE PARK, Md. –  Second-ranked Maryland shutout future conference opponent Michigan 2-0 on Sunday in its final game of a three-week homestand. The Terrapins (8-0, 1-0 ACC) gritted out the victory against a tough Michigan squad that had won three in a row.

Sophomore Sarah Sprink put Maryland on the board first when she slammed one in off a penalty corner set up by freshman Mieke Hayn and senior Hayley Turner in the 14th minute.

Senior Ali McEvoy made it a two-goal lead for the Terps in the 21st minute with a shot off a penalty corner. Junior Katie Gerzabek notched an assist on the play.

The Terps and the Wolverines (4-4) were even in shots with 13 apiece. Michigan threatened to get on the board throughout the second half, as the Terrapins were down a player for nearly a 10-minute stretch after Gerzabek was awarded one in the 49th minute and Shelby Sydnor was given one in the 54th minute.

Maryland goalkeeper Natalie Hunter anchored the Terrapins’ defense with five saves. Michigan keeper Haley Jones had seven stops. The Terps were awarded six penalty corners to Michigan’s five.

No. 3 Connecticut 2, Rutgers 0

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Anne Jeute scored her fifth goal of the season and Chloe Hunnable added her seventh to lead No. 3 Connecticut to a 2-0 victory against Rutgers on Sunday afternoon in Piscataway, N.J. With the win, UConn improves to 7-0 on the season while RU slips to 3-4.

UConn is now 26-2-1 all-time against Rutgers and Huskies have won 13 consecutive games against the Scarlet Knights. In fact, Connecticut has not allowed Rutgers to score in the previous five games between the two squads with UConn outscoring the Scarlet Knights 21-0 during that span.

UConn has won its previous six Big East openers, dating back to a 3-2 loss against Villanova on Sept. 16, 2007.

Jeute’s second goal of the week, which she scored 14:07 into the contest, was all the Huskies would need on Sunday. She collected the loose ball in the Rutgers circle and knocked it past Sarah Stuby and into the back of the net. Jeute is now second on the team with five goals, three assists and 13 points.

Hunnable, UConn’s leading scorer, gave the Huskies some insurance 13 minutes into the second half. After the Huskies had created one of their 11 penalty corner opportunities, sophomore defender Roisin Upton received the ball at the top of the circle and dished to Hunnable who struck a shot past Stuby to all but put the game away.

No. 4 Virginia 2, No. 13 Northwestern 1

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Fourth-ranked Virginia closed out the weekend with a 2-1 victory against No. 13 Northwestern on Sunday at Turf Field.

The victory was Virginia’s third win against a ranked opponent this season with the Cavaliers improving to 8-1. It was also the second consecutive game in which the Cavaliers had to face a ranked opponent after falling 2-1 to No. 1 North Carolina on Friday. The loss snapped an eight-game win streak for the Wildcats who fell to 8-2 on the season.

Freshman Caleigh Foust scored the game-winning goal with 5:06 remaining in the game after senior Hadley Bell rifled a pass from the top of the circle. Foust was perfectly positioned in front of the net to flick in the shot past the diving goalkeeper.

Virginia got off to a fast start on the attack, earning five penalty corner opportunities in the first eight minutes of the game, but Northwestern’s defense clogged the circle, blocking four of the attempts with goalkeeper Maddy Carpenter saving the fifth.

Virginia’s first score also came after a foul with Foust drawing a whistle right in front of the net after being interfered with by the goalkeeper, setting up a penalty stroke for senior Carissa Vittese. Vittese converted the stroke, smashing her shot in high over the goalie’s shoulder to give UVa a 1-0 lead a little more than 12 minutes into the game.

No. 5 Syracuse 4, No. 6 Princeton 0

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Serra Degnan scored two of the Orange’s four first-half goals that led No. 5 Syracuse  (7-1) to a 4-0 shutout victory versus defending national champion and sixth-ranked Princeton (4-2) on Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The win runs the Orange’s home winning streak to 39 games, dating back to 2009.

Degnan, a freshman from Wyoming, Pa., netted the first two goals of her collegiate career, while Leonie Geyer and Alyssa Manley also scored for Syracuse, which rebounded well from its first defeat of the season, 6-3 at No. 17 Boston College on Friday.

The Orange used a strong performance in the opening half, outshooting the Tigers, 8-2 and scoring all four goals between the 10th and 27th minutes.

Geyer started the scoring in the 10th minutes when she took a pass on the right side of the circle from Lindsey Nerbonne, dribbled in and scored from a sharp angle. It was the reigning ACC Player of the Week’s sixth goal of the season and ran her scoring streak to four consecutive games.

In the 19th minute, Princeton goalkeeper Anya Gersoff (six saves) made the stop on a blast from the top of the circle off the stick of Jordan Page, but Degnan was there at the left post to stuff home the rebound for her first career goal, making it 2-0.

Degnan struck again just 2:13 later when she tipped in a shot by Laura Hahnefeldt on a penalty corner, extending SU’s lead to three. In the 27th minute, the Orange tacked on its fourth goal when Manley deflected home another Hahnefeldt shot on a penalty corner, making it 4-0.

No. 7 Massachusetts 5, Hofstra 1

AMHERST, Mass. — Seventh-ranked Massachusetts tallied a 5-1 victory against the Hofstra Pride at Garber Field on Sunday afternoon. Brooke Sabia recorded two goals to spearhead the offense while Allie Sabia, Lauren Allymohamed and Charlotte Verelst earned one apiece.

Hannah Prince secured a pair of assists while Lindsay Bowman, Molly MacDonnell, Alexa Sikalis and Courtney Spleen added one helper each. The multi-goal game for Brooke Sabia was the fourth of the season for her as she leads the Atlantic 10 in scoring with 22 points on a conference-best 11 tallies.

Brooke Sabia opened scoring in the 11th minute with a penalty corner goal. Allymohamed followed up with her third of the year to double the UMass advantage. Directly following a penalty corner, Prince controlled possession and flicked the ball to Allymohamed at the goalmouth, with Allymohamed pushing a shot into the right side of the cage, past Hofstra goalie Kaitlyn De Turo.

Leading by two goals at the halftime break, the Minutewomen (7-2 overall) opened the final stanza with back-to-back strikes to push the lead to 4-0. Allie Sabia tallied her first goal of the season at the 39:08 mark on a shot attempt into the right side following a pass across the front of the goal by Bowman.

Four minutes and seven seconds later, Brooke Sabia earned her second tally of the game following a pass by MacDonnell across the goalmouth.

Hofstra (3-6) got on the board with 4:40 remaining to play. However, the Minutewomen extended their lead back to four goals following a penalty corner in the final minute of the game. After the initial shot by Brooke Sabia was saved, Spleen corralled the loose ball and sent a pass between De Turo and the cage to Verelst at the left post for the 5-1 final score.

No. 9 Duke 6, Radford 0

DURHAM, N.C. – Five different Blue Devils registered goals as ninth-ranked Duke topped Radford 6-0 in non-conference action on Sunday at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.

Duke (6-2) out-shot the visiting Highlanders 37-2 for the contest, with eight different players combining for 19 shots on goal. The six goals marked the highest scoring output of the season by the Blue Devils, while the 37 shots were the most by a Duke team since the program tallied 38 in a 10-1 win against Appalachian State Oct. 25, 2008.

Senior Brenna Rescigno struck first for the Blue Devils, converting on a penalty corner opportunity in the fifth minute of the match. Redshirt senior Devon Gagliardi found junior Jessica Buttinger open at the back post just a few minutes later to quickly make it a 2-0 Duke advantage.

The Blue Devil defense and midfield continued to create offensive opportunities throughout the first period, setting up a pair of goals off of penalty corner opportunities. Graduate student Cherry Seaborn punched in a touch from Rescigno in the 18th minute and sophomore Hannah Barreca made it 4-0 in Duke’s favor just before the end of the half.

Strong outlet passing and aggressive play up front resulted in Duke’s fifth goal at the 23:53 mark in the second half, as Gagliardi scored off of a pass from freshman Hunter Bracale. An own goal by Radford following a great run downfield by freshman Heather Morris capped the 6-0 Blue Devil victory.

Senior forward Emmie Le Marchand and junior midfielder Abby Beltrani finished with two assists each on the day while Gagliardi and Bracale each had one.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing picked up the win, posting one save in the contest, while senior Ashley Camano also saw time in the cage during the second half.

No. 10 Iowa 6, Kent State 0

KENT, Ohio – Tenth-ranked Iowa defeated Kent State (4-4) 6-0 on Sunday afternoon at Murphy-Mellis Field.

The Hawkeyes (5-3) wasted no time as Natalie Cafone scored 1:49 into the game. After out-running her defender, Cafone beat the Kent State goaltender on the back hand to put the visitors on top. Iowa added to its lead as Marike Stribos scored off a rebound at the 11 minute mark.

Kelsey Mitchell added to the visitor’s advantage at the start of the second half, scoring back-to-back goals in under two minutes to put the Hawkeyes up by four.

Cafone followed suit by scoring back-to-back goals of her own a little more than two minutes apart. Cafone’s two goals gave her a hat trick and put the Hawkeyes up, 6-0.

Goalkeeper Kelsey Boyce had five saves on the day to post her third shutout of the season.

NCAA



Late goal downs Duke field hockey

By Brian Mazur



Duke had scored a string of late goals to clinch victories recently, but it was a late goal by Northwestern that sent the Blue Devils home with a loss. Martha Berg / The Chronicle

Despite overcoming a two-goal deficit in the second half, a late Northwestern goal shut the door on any chance of a Duke comeback.

Coming off of an impressive 1-0 win against No. 15 Old Dominion, No. 9 Duke fell short against the No. 13 Wildcats, losing 3-2 at Jack Katz Stadium Friday night.

“I thought we made some great adjustments in the second half, but time is not on our side when we wait until the second half to play," head coach Pam Bustin said. "They are a good team and we had a great run with them, I just wish we had started a little earlier."

Northwestern senior midfielder Tara Puffenberger scored both of her team’s first-half goals, but even though Wildcats had the advantage going into the second half, a pair of Blue Devil goals would tie the game at two.

Although Duke had managed to even the score, the Blue Devils could not capitalize on the momentum, failing to find the back of the cage the rest of the game. With just 7:48 to play in the game, Northwestern’s Carolin Troncelliti scored the go-ahead goal on her only shot of the game.

Duke (5-2) began the game allowing an uncharacteristic rebound goal in the 10th minute, when redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing blocked a Wildcat shot, but had it returned from 12 yards out by Puffenberger.

The Blue Devils only registered one first-half shot, giving up eleven to Northwestern (8-1). The Wildcats also had seven first-half penalty corner shots, one of which would lead to a Northwestern goal in the 22nd minute, making the score 2-0.

“I think we got caught up in the aggressive and physical play in the first half which put us behind,” said Bustin.

Duke emerged from the locker room on the offensive, when sophomore midfielder Aileen Johnson rebounded a missed shot and slid it past the Northwestern goalie Maddy Carpenter for the Blue Devils’ first goal of the game—her first of the season.

“It was exiting [to score my first goal] because it was at a point in the game where we really needed [a score],” said Johnson. “The pressure was really high. I saw the ball come across and bounce, and I just put it in.”

Both defenses remained strong for the next 20 minutes, with neither team able to gain an advantage. But just four minutes later, Duke freshman Heather Morris found the cage, neutralizing the Northwestern lead and scoring her team-high fifth goal of the season.

With the game tied, the Blue Devils could not convert on their shots, even though they had two back-to-back penalty corner shots in the 62nd minute. Instead, it was Northwestern who scored the game’s final goal when Troncelliti tapped the ball past Blazing.

Although Duke was able to get back into the game, poor first-half play hindered the Blue Devil’s chances at winning the game.

“If you are going to come out with energy we need to set the play first instead of reacting to it,” Bustin said.

Even though the loss has set Duke back, Johnson is optimistic about moving forward in the season and entering conference play.

“We are having a positive season, each game we are getting better and better. We got to play Northwestern now and we are going to learn from it moving forward.”

After loosing its second game of the season, Duke will remain at home to take on Radford Sunday at 1 p.m. Next Friday the Blue Devils will travel to Chapel Hill to take on No. 1 North Carolina.

“This is a good team, and they have had their eyes open,” said Bustin. “This is a good lesson for when we get into conference play. We have to step it up every game from the first whistle.”

The Chronicle