News for 12 October 2013

All the news for Saturday 12 October 2013


Van der Weerden lights up EHL Day 1


Photo: Frank Uijlenbroek

The opening day of the 2013-14 Euro Hockey League season may not have been blessed with great weather, but the goals came thick and fast as some of Europe’s finest teams began their quest to win the world’s most prestigious club competition.

Netherlands star Mink van der Weerden was arguably the day’s most outstanding performer, scoring a superb hat-trick to help Oranje Zwart defeat Scottish champions Kelburne.  English duo Surbiton and Beeston were also victorious on Friday, while Russian champions Dinamo Kazan claimed a deserved draw against Spain’s Club de Campo de Madrid. 

Here is a quick summary of the action.

Pool E: Surbiton impress in EHL 2013-14 opener
England’s Surbiton produced a fine performance in the opening match of the EHL 2013-14 season, cruising to a 5-0 victory over Austrian champions SV Arminen. Goals from Matt Daly, Alan Forsyth (2), Michael Watt and James Tindall did the damage as Surbiton eventually overpowered their Austrian opponents in their Pool E encounter. Arminen will return to action on Saturday when they face Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, with Surbiton enjoying a day off before Sunday’s match against Polo.

Pool D: Ward double helps Beeston battle past Cardiff
Two goals from Sam Ward ensured that England’s Beeston HC began their Euro Hockey League campaign with a 3-1 triumph against Cardiff & Met of Wales. The English champions were given a real test by the team from the Welsh capital, but came through unscathed to claim the victory. Cardiff will be in action on Saturday against Germany’s Harvestehuder THC, a team that Beeston will have to face on Sunday.

Pool G: Mink bags hat-trick as OZ crush Kelburne
Netherlands ace Mink van der Weerden scored a hat-trick of penalty corners as Oranje Zwart cruised to a comfortable 6-0 win against Scottish champions Glynhill Kelburne HC.The Olympic Silver medallist from the London 2012 Olympic Games found the net in the 22nd, 51st and 58th minutes, with Jelle Galema, Gabriel Dabanch and Thomas Briels also on target for the Dutch club.  The margin of victory was no more than OZ deserved, being the superior side throughout the contest. Oranje Zwart will be back in EHL action on Saturday when they face WKS Grunwald Poznan of Poland. Kelburne play Grunwald on Sunday. 

Pool F: Vila own goal gives Kazan draw with Campo
The final match of the day may not have been the highest scoring, but it was certainly the most competitive as Russian champions Dinamo Kazan and Club de Campo of Spain drew 1-1. A late own goal from Campo’s Argentinean international Matias Vila ensured that Kazan came away with a share of the spoils as the famous Barcelona sunshine made a late but most welcome appearance. Vila’s “OG” was the second of the game, with an error from Kazan keeper Marat Gafarov resulting in the opening goal of the match. Club de Campo will be in action on Saturday against 2012-13 EHL Silver medallists KHC Dragons of Belgium. Dragons will be Kazan’s opponents on Sunday.

Full details of the day’s play from Barcelona can be found elsewhere on this website. Remember, the EHL website will be live streaming every match from the Round 1 events, so don’t forget to tune in.

Euro Hockey League media release



Vila own goal gives Kazan draw with Campo

The final match of Day 1 may not have been the highest scoring, but it was certainly the most competitive as Russian champions Dinamo Kazan and Club de Campo of Spain battled to a 1-1 draw. A late own goal from Campo’s Argentinean international Matias Vila ensured that Kazan came away with a share of the spoils as the sunshine finally appeared in Barcelona. 

It was the Russians who had arguably the better of cagey opening period, but it was the Spaniards who went into the quarter time break having the upper hand. The goal arrived in the 14th minute of the match when a speculative pass into the Kazan circle clipped the shoe of goalkeeper Marat Gafarov before trickling over the goal-line.

Alex Davilla had a great chance to double Campo’s advantage in the opening minutes of the second quarter, but Gafarov proved himself to be up to the challenge with a fine block.

The latter stages of the period certainly belonged to Kazan, who found themselves extremely unlucky not to go into half time with the scores level. Imran Warsi saw a powerful penalty corner effort deflected fractionally wide of the target before Ravshanjon Zakirov’s deft touch hit the Campo crossbar in the dying stages of the half.

A brilliant goalkeeping display from Xavi Trenchs kept Campo’s lead in tact throughout a third quarter that was almost completely dominated by the mighty Russians. The Spanish international shot-stopper made a trio of world class saves to deny Kazan’s Zakirov, Alexander Korolev and Ilfat Zamalutdinov, while two penalty corner opportunities also went begging. 

Kazan went for broke in the final quarter, but struggled to find a way past the outstanding Trenchs. Just as it seemed likely that Kazan were destined for defeat, they were given a deserved stroke of luck nine minutes from full time. A pass into the Campo circle resulted in the second own goal of the game, with Matias Vila deflecting past his own goalkeeper to restore parity. 

Campo went close on two occasions in the final stages of the match, but the game ended with the scores tied. 

Club de Campo will be in action on Saturday against 2012-13 EHL Silver medallists KHC Dragons of Belgium. Kazan will face Dragons on Sunday.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Mink bags hat-trick as OZ crush Kelburne

Netherlands ace Mink van der Weerden scored a hat-trick of penalty corners as Oranje Zwart cruised to a comfortable 6-0 victory over Scottish champions and Pool G rivals Kelburne HC.

Van der Weerden found the net in the 22nd, 51st and 58th minutes, with Jelle Galema, Gabriel Dabanch and Thomas Briels also on target for the Dutch club.  The margin of victory was no more than OZ deserved, being the superior side throughout the contest.

OZ dominated the opening exchanges and needed just six minutes to establish a lead. Brilliant Dutch international midfielder Robert van der Horst was the architect of the goal, showing great awareness with a self-pass free hit before picking out Jelle Galema for an easy close-range deflection. The Dutch outfit could easily have scored more, with Bob de Voogd and a penalty corner from Van der Weerden both going close.

Kelburne continued to be up against it in the second period, and fell further behind when Van der Weerden unleashed a blistering penalty corner flick into the roof of the net to give the Dutch a two goal cushion. It was a stunning effort from the London 2012 Olympic Silver medal-winning defender, rattling the underside of the crossbar at break-neck speed before bouncing over the goal-line.

Oranje Zwart’s third goal arrived in the 40th minute through Spanish import Gabriel Dabanch, who tapped into an open goal following some beautiful link-up play from Rob Reckers and Thomas Briels before Van der Weerden added a fourth with another penalty corner rocket.

Van der Weerden was heavily involved in the final quarter, setting up a simple finish for Briels to make it 5-0 before completing his hat-trick and the match scoring with another penalty corner effort.

Oranje Zwart will be back in EHL action on Saturday when they face WKS Grunwald Poznan of Poland. Kelburne play Grunwald on Sunday. 

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Ward double helps Beeston battle past Cardiff

Two goals from Sam Ward ensured that England’s Beeston HC began their 2013-14 Euro Hockey League campaign with a 3-1 triumph against Cardiff & Met of Wales. The English champions were given a real test by the team from the Welsh capital, but came through unscathed to claim the victory in the Pool D match-up.

Beeston enjoyed the better of the early stages and came close to opening the scoring when a Mark Wadsley volley forced a decent save from Cardiff keeper Ben Dudley.

Cardiff grew in confidence as the match progressed and came incredibly close to opening the scoring through Rupert Shipperley, who showed fine composure to move past Beeston keeper George Pinner before seeing his shot brilliantly cleared off the line by Gordon McIntyre. 

Cardiff continued to impress in the second quarter, matching The Bees in all areas of the field. However, it was Beeston who ended the period on top thanks to two quick-fire goals. A rare mistake from the Cardiff backline allowed striker Sam Ward too much time in the circle, with the Englishman rattling home a fierce reverse stick shot to break the deadlock.  Beeston added a second just a minute later, with James Blackwell clipping home from close range following a decisive attacking move down the right.

Despite trailing, Cardiff continued to frustrate their opponents in the third and fourth quarters, although Beeston’s Ward came close to adding a third when he crashed a shot against the post.

Cardiff’s Owain Dolan-Gray gave his team a life-line four minutes from the end with a fine close range finish, but hopes of a comeback were ended when a diving Sam Ward netted his second and Beeston’s third to complete the match scoring.

The result means that Beeston take all five points from the match, while Cardiff claimed what could be a crucial a point by virtue of losing by less than three goals. Cardiff will be in action on Saturday against Germany’s Harvestehuder THC, a team who Beeston will have to face on Sunday.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Surbiton impress in EHL 2013-14 opener

England’s Surbiton produced a fine performance in the opening match of the EHL 2013-14 season, cruising to a 5-0 victory over Austrian champions SV Arminen. Goals from Matt Daly, Alan Forsyth (2), Michael Watt and James Tindall did the damage as Surbiton eventually overpowered their Austrian opponents in their Pool E encounter.

The opening stages of the match were evenly contested, with both sides having good chances before Great Britain Olympian Matt Daly slammed home a penalty corner drag-flick early in the second quarter.

Despite conceding, Arminen battled hard to stay in the match and could easily have levelled were it not for two fine saves from Surbiton keeper David Kettle. However, the Londoners always looked the more threatening team and added a second goal in the third quarter thanks to a stunning backhand strike from Alan Forsyth which flew into the goal via the right post.

Forsyth’s cracking effort was bettered by Irishman Michael Watt, who created space for himself on the right before unleashing a vicious reverse stick shot into the top left corner. It was a goal of the highest quality, which gave Arminen goalkeeper Mateusz Szymszyk absolutely no chance of saving.

The rout was completed by Tindall and Forsyth, who took the score to 5-0 with simple close range finishes.

Arminen will return to action on Saturday when they face Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, with Surbiton enjoying a day off before their match against Polo Club on Sunday.

To see the official match sheet, click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



EuroHockey League starts with wins from Surbiton and Beeston


Surbiton celebrate scoring against Arminen at EHL Round 1.1 2013

As the new season of the EuroHockey League (EHL) starts two English teams will have made an impression on the European crowds, with both Surbiton and Beeston winning their first matches.

Surbiton produced a fine performance in the opening match of the EHL 2013-14 season, cruising to a 5-0 victory over Austrian champions SV Arminen. Goals from Matt Daly, Alan Forsyth (2), Michael Watt and James Tindall did the damage as Surbiton eventually overpowered their Austrian opponents in their Pool E encounter.

In the next match two goals from Sam Ward ensured that England’s Beeston HC began their 2013-14 Euro Hockey League campaign with a 3-1 triumph against Cardiff & Met of Wales. The English champions were given a real test by the team from the Welsh capital, but came through unscathed to claim the victory in the Pool D match-up.

While we'll be bringing you news on some of the matches as the round continues over the course of this month, you can have easy access to EHL news, match details, pre-match line-ups, scores & rankings, match highlights and written summaries direct to your hand-held device. Download the EHL app from here for free.

To view the full schedule of the EHL's first round, you can click here.

England Hockey Board Media release



PIA, Wapda to fight for NBP Gold Cup

KARACHI: PIA and Wapda will lock horns in the final of NBP Gold Cup Hockey Tournament being played at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore today, while Army and Navy will battle each other for the third-place playoff.

In the first semi-final, skipper Waqas Sharif scored a brace to secure Wapda’s 5-3 win over Army. With both teams tied at two goals each after the first half, Sharif, Mohammad Adnan, and Mohsin Bilal helped Wapda net three more to book their place in the final.

Meanwhile, in the other last-four match, PIA roared back from a goal down to win the tie 3-2 against Navy. With Navy leading 2-1 at half-time, crucial strikes from Yasir Islam and Imran Khan sealed the win for PIA.

The Express Tribune



PHF names squad for Asian Champions Trophy

Staff Report


LAHORE: Pakistan senior hockey coach Tahir Zaman has announced the names of 20 players for the upcoming back-to-back international tournaments in Australia and Japan. While nine-a-side tournament will be held in Perth, Australia, from October 17 to 20, Kakamigahara, Japan will host the third Asian Champions Trophy from November 2 to 10. Tahir said that among the 20 players, four players namely Rashid Mahmood, Rizwan Senior, Haseem Khan and Fareed Ahmad would be considered only for the Asian Champions Trophy, subject to their availability, form and fitness. While rest of 16-member team, he added, would go to Australia to take part in the nine-a-side International Super series.

He announced the names of the players, during the training session at the Johar Town Stadium here the other day. He added the best team for the nine-a-side team was selected and hopefully it would give better results. He said Pakistan would play the Asian event as defending champions and a strong team would be finalised for it to retain the title. Tahir said he took the charge just one month back when the team was going to compete in the Asia Cup under must-win situation. He expressed hope that a strong team would be finalised in near future.

Squad:

For nine-a-side:


Imran Shah, Imran Butt, M Imran, Khalid Bhatti, Kashif Shah, Aamir Shahzad, Rizwan Junior, M Tousique, Faisal Qadir, Sulman Hussain, Shafqat Rasool, Dilber Hussain, Umer Bhutta, Arsalan Qadir, Suleman, and Hammad Butt.

For Asian Champions Trophy:

Rashid Mahmood, Rizwan Senior, Haseem Khan, and Fareed Ahmad will be considered.

The Daily Times



Gardiner sews up Paragon victory

Nigel Simon


Keima Gardiner fired a second-half double as Paragon came from a goal down to spank national outdoor champions Notre Dame 6-2 when the Women’s Open Division of the T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship continued on Wednesday night.

Playing on a shortened programme at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, the Dames took a fifth-minute lead through national forward Blair Wynne.

However, after a sustained period of pressure, Paragon finally broke through with goals from national duo, Zene Henry and Avion Ashton in the 15th and 18th minute respectively before Danielle Thompson, added a third, a minute later for a 3-1 half-time advantage.

Six minutes into the second-half, Gardiner got her first to extend Paragon’s lead to 4-1 and then fired in a quick second item three minutes later while Pauline Joseph extended the advantage to 6-1 in the 34th before Wynne got a second item for the Dames.

In the Men’s Open Division, Dominic Young help himself to a hat-trick as Queen’s Park outgunned Defence Force 9-7.

Young’s two early goals in the third and fifth minute followed by a Shawn Lee Quay item provided the Parkites with a commanding 3-0 cushion inside the first ten minutes.

However, Anthony Morales and national defender Marcus James, replied for the “Teteron Boys”, only for Lee Quay to add another for his team to lead 4-2 at the interval.

On the resumption, Nicholas Wren scored to cut his team’s deficit to 4-3, but the Parkites then withstood some pressure before Stephan Mouttet and Nicholas Camacho both scored in the 32nd minute for a 6-3 lead.

The never-say-die Defence Force continued to take the game to its opponent and responded with goals from Morales (24th), Wren (27th) and Morales again in the 35th to level the exciting contest at 6-6 with five minutes left.

Against all odds, Defence Force went ahead for the first time in the contest through a Roger Daniel 38th-minute strike and looked set for the win, only to de denied by Young, who completed his treble and Kadeem Fortune, also in the final minute as they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat for the Parkites

Results & schedule

Results
Mixed Veterans:

QPCC 5 vs Petrotrin 0 - By Default

Women’s Open:
Paragon 6 (Keima Gardiner 26th, 29th, Zene Henry 15th, Avion Ashton 18th, Danielle Thompson 19th, Pauline Joseph 34th) vs Notre Dame 2 (Blair Wynne 5th, 35th).

Men’s Open:
QPCC 9 (Dominic Young 3rd, 5th, 40th, Shawn Lee Quay 9th, 15th, Stephan Mouttet 32nd, 37th, Nicholas Camacho 32nd, Kadeem Fortune 40th) vs Defence Force 7 (Anthony Morales 14th, 24th, 35th, Nicholas Wren 22nd, 27th, Marcus James 15th, Roger Daniel 38th)

Today’s matches:
Women’s Open:

Paragon vs Ventures, 7.15pm
Men’s Open:
Paragon vs Defence Force, 8.15pm
QPCC vs Malvern, 9.15pm
Notre Dame vs Fatima, 10.15pm

Tomorrow:
Under-19 Boys:

Notre Dame vs Paragon, 9.45pm
Fatima vs Shape, 10.30am
QPCC vs Malvern, 12 noon
Fatima vs Malvern, 1.30pm
Notre Dame vs QPCC, 3pm
Malvern vs Shape, 3.45pm
Fatima vs Notre Dame, 5.15pm
Paragon vs QPCC, 6.45pm

Under-19 Girls:
Ventures vs Malvern, 9am
Paragon vs Notre Dame, 11.15am
Magnolias vs Malvern, 12.45pm
Ventures vs Paragon, 2.15pm
Magnolias vs Ventures, 4.30pm
Malvern vs Paragon, 6pm

Mixed Veterans:
Shape vs Defence Force, 7.15pm

The Trinidad Guardian



Govia gives Magnolias winning start

National forward Brianna Govia scored a hat-trick as Shandy Carib Magnolias began defence of its T&T Hockey Board Indoor Championship Women’s Division title with an 8-5 triumph over outdoor champion Notre Dame.

This was at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo, on Thursday night. Mika Ella Tang added a double while the trio of Kristi-Ann Chin, Michelle Leotaud and veteran Stacey Siu Butt chipped in with one each as Magnolias flicked off their campaign in style against the depleted Dames. Missing from the Dames’ lineup were without national players Tamara De Nobriga and Stephane Whiteman, both away on scholarships and Kayla Brathwaie. For the Dames, national forward Blair Wynne netted a treble to keep her club in the contest while Dana-Lee De Gannes and Tamia Roach got the others but in the end, it was not enough. Ventures also made a winning start, 4-3, over Harvard Maritime Checkers led by a double from Rachael Sheppard in the 11th and 13th and one apiece from the mother and daughter duo of Cristina and Kristin Abreu in the 31st and 34th minutes, respectively.

Checkers got all its goals in the second-half via a double from national defender Kwylan Jagassar in the 30th and 39th and ex-national captain Patricia Wright-Alexis in the 37th. In the Men’s Division, Solomon Eccles was a constant threat as he netted a hat-trick for defending champion Petrotrin to beat Corona Fatima for a second straight win. Atiba Whittington with two, Dwain Quan Chan and Brian Garcia with one apiece were the other players on target for the Oilmen to follow up Tuesday’s 4-3 win over Notre Dame. Fatima got three from David Lee and the others by Che Modeste and Marcus Pascal. In the Mixed Veterans, Malvern and Fatima battled to a 3-3 draw. Today, the Under-19 boys and girls competition begin. Competition resumes on Monday.

Results

Thursday:
Mixed Veterans:

Malvern 3 (Shawn Alexander 12th, 17th, Gary Hercules 16th) vs Fatima 3 (Gerard Vieira 19th, Derek Lee 26th, Alan Young 27th)

Women’s Open:
Ventures 4 (Rachael Sheppard 11th, 13th, Cristina Abreu 31st, Kristin Abreu 34th) vs Checkers 3 (Kwylan Jagassar 30th, 39th, Patricia Wright-Alexis 37th)
Magnolias 8 (Brianna Govia 3, Mika Ella Tang 2, Kristi-Ann Chin, Michelle Leotaud, Stacey Siu Butt) vs Notre Dame 5 (Blair Wynne 3, Dana-Lee De Gannes, Tamia Roach)
Men’s Open:
Petrotrin 7 (Solomon  Eccles 3, Atiba Whittington 2, Dwain Quan Chan, Brian Garcia)
vs Fatima 5 (David Lee 3, Che Modeste, Marcus Pascall).

Today’s matches:
Under-19 Boys:

Notre Dame vs Paragon, 9.45 am
Fatima vs Shape, 10.30 am
QPCC vs Malvern, noon
Fatima vs Malvern, 1.30 pm
Notre Dame vs QPCC, 3 pm
Malvern vs Shape, 3.45 pm
Fatima vs Notre Dame, 5.15 pm
Paragon vs QPCC, 6.45 pm
U-19 Girls:
Ventures vs Malvern, 9 am
Paragon vs Notre Dame, 11.15 am
Magnolias vs Malvern, 12.45 pm
Ventures vs Paragon, 2.15 pm
Magnolias vs Ventures, 4.30 pm
Malvern vs Paragon, 6 pm

Mixed Veterans:
Shape vs Defence Force, 7.15 pm

Monday:
Women’s Open:

Magnolias vs Paragon, 6.30 pm

Men’s Open:
Notre Dame vs Paragon, 8.15 pm
Malvern vs Petrotrin, 9.15 pm

Mixed Veterans:
Fatima vs Police, 7.30 pm

The Trinidad Guardian



The Adult Divisions announced for the 2013 US National Field Hockey Festival

Thousands of hockey enthusiasts meet every year on beautiful Bermuda grass to give thanks to life, health and field hockey. For most athletes this is or will become a Thanksgiving Day tradition amongst all other family customs. The week consists of breaking wishbones and battling other clubs for the chance to stand victorious in their respective pools.   

USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce the eleven teams who will take to the field and compete in the 2013 National Hockey Festival Adult Divisions.

Mixed Adult
B’ Blue Eagles Hockey Club (NJ)
Jack and Jill (VA)
Miami Surf FHC (FL)
True North (PA)
Venezuelan Senior Team (VEN)

Women’s Open
Defense Against the Dark Arts (CA)
Head to Toe Field Hockey (IN)
Jersey Intensity (NJ)
Red Rose Field Hockey (PA)
Reunion (PA)
Second Effort (PA)

Registration is open for one more week for the Women’s and Mixed Adult Divisions. If you are looking to fill a team, please contact Emily Thomas at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

With the continued growth of the sport, USA Field Hockey looks to expand post-collegiate and adult opportunities from recreational play to competitive leagues.  Whether you are a post-collegiate athlete, a field hockey parent or interested in masters, there are plenty of ways you can stay involved and stick with it!

USFHA media release



US Mens National Coach Hosts Clinics throughout Country

Colorado Springs, Colo. - Last week, the U.S. Men’s National Squad Head Coach, Chris Clements, shared his wealth of knowledge and experience through several clinics across the country. Over the course of five days and three states, he hosted six different clinics for boys, girls and coaches in the hopes of growing the sport and discovering areas to build developmental programs for boys.

“We really wanted to promote the game for boys and support the regions and people within those regions showing initiative around development for boys and men,” said Clements. “As a whole, it’s imperative for us to continue to identify regions and key people suitable for developmental sites to help build the Olympic pipeline and connect these programs to our current pipeline from boys to men.”

The clinics offered a unique opportunity not only for the participants, but also for Clements to gain better insight into the grassroots programs of the nation. While athletes had hands-on coaching from one of the most reputable and outstanding coaches in the sport, Clements learned first-hand of the struggles faced by upstart programs and the hopeful opportunities for new boys development sites.

Beginning on Tuesday in California, the locals from Southwest High School visited the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista with their high school field hockey program. Several boys in the group, inspired by the words and actions of Clements, hope to play at the Chula Vista Boys Development site.

Traveling onward to Virginia, Clements held a clinic in Virginia Beach for boys ages 10-16 on Wednesday. On Thursday, Clements hosted a coaching clinic, a skill development clinic for boys and girls, and a coach education session. On Friday, Clements made his way down to Florida to observe club training and then held another clinic for boys ranging in age from 6-13 on Saturday. He also hosted a skill development clinic for girls followed by a coaches’ clinic, which covered coaching tips and advice, as well addressing the specific needs of Florida coaching and player development plans.

“The clinics were a fantastic success,” said Clements. “The places that were visited, the great number of boys that participated, the encouraging level of play and the excitement that we saw from coaches and boys is certainly driving us to create more events and opportunities for boys.“

While athletes and coaches walked away with newly acquired game knowledge from a world class coach, Clements found love and passion for field hockey thriving in new and lifelong players alike. It was a powerful learning experience that neither party will soon forget.

USFHA media release



UConn moves to top of conference; Maryland beats Princeton


Chloe Hunnable scored the 100th point of her career in Penn State's win. Connecticut Athletics

No. 1 Maryland 3, No. 9 Princeton 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland topped the defending national champion Princeton Tigers 3-1 on Friday night in College Park. Senior Jill Witmer led an offensive charge late in the first half that carried into the second with two goals.

After a back-and-forth first half, Maryland (13-0, 3-0 ACC) finally broke through with a little more than a minute to go before halftime. Senior Ali McEvoy sent a long pass to the forward line from the midfield line. Witmer corralled it, shot and then scored off her own rebounded shot that was saved to put the Terps up 1-0 with 1:19 left in the first period.

Maryland, the nation’s top offense, kept its spark alive and scored twice in the first three minutes of the second half for a 3-0 lead. Sixty-four seconds after halftime, junior Maxine Fluharty sent a hard shot in from the top of the circle and redshirt freshman Emma Rissinger deflected it in from the left post.

Just under two minutes later, Witmer deflected in sophomore Sarah Sprink’s long hit from the right side for a three-goal lead.

Princeton got on the board in the 49th minute when Maddie Copeland got one to trickle past Terps goalie Natalie Hunter.

Each team took 10 shots in the match. Hunter and Princeton keeper Anya Gersoff each notched six saves.

With her two goals Friday, Witmer is tied for No. 5 on Maryland’s all-time scoring list with 60 career goals. She is tied with Susie Rowe and Caroline Walter.

No. 3 Syracuse 2, No. 7 Duke 1 (2OT)

DURHAM, N.C. – Syracuse overcame a tough Duke defense to claim its second ACC victory of this season beating Duke 2-1 in double overtime on Friday night in Durham, N.C. Lauren Brooks scored the game winner while Jess Jecko recorded seven saves against the Blue Devils.

With 29 seconds remaining in the first half, the Orange attacked the net, rebounding two saved shots until Karlee Farr sent one into the right corner of the net on the third try to give the Orange a 1-0 lead at halftime. It was her fifth goal of the season and her fourth in the past two games.

Syracuse couldn’t keep its advantage and Duke finally got on the board off a corner, its fifth in the second half, with a hard shot taken by Hannah Barreca at the top of the circle getting past all SU defenders and into the goal to tie the game at 1-1 and force overtime.

Lauren Brooks finally put an end to the battle, scoring in the 91st minute of play when she got a shot off eight yards out off a deflection by the goalie to give the Orange a 2-1 victory. The goal was her ninth of the season and her second game winner.

No. 4 Connecticut 6, No. 14 Louisville 0


STORRS, Conn. – Junior forward Chloe Hunnable and senior forward Marie Elena Bolles each tallied the 100th points of their careers to lead ConnecticutLouisville 6-0 on Friday evening at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.  With the win, UConn improves to 11-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big East while the Cardinals slip to 10-3, 3-1.

Hunnable scored her team-leading 12th goal of the season and also added an assist while Bolles scored a pair of goals and dished-out two helpers. 

UConn got a 1-0 lead on Hunnable’s milestone goal within the first four minutes of the game. Sophomore back Roisin Upton dribbled to the top of the circle and dished off to Marie Elena Bolles, who was in the near corner. She struck a cross to Hunnable who redirected inside the near post and Hunnable posted the 100th point of her career. Hunnable is the 16th Husky all-time to reach the 100-point plateau. 

Bolles netted her 100th career point, which built UConn’s lead to 3-0 at the 16:32 mark. Jeute dribbled along the baseline and flipped a cross through the circle to Bolles, who was waiting at the far post. Bolles was able to control the ball and hit it past Sydney King, becoming the 17th Husky all-time to post at least 100 career points.

No. 5 Virginia 1, No. 6 Boston College 0 (2OT)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia defeated Boston College 1-0 in double overtime on Friday night at Turf Field.

Junior Kelsey LeBlanc broke the scoreless tie 3:24 into the second overtime period, tapping in a shot from freshman Lucy Hyams from the top of the circle after the Cavaliers’ second penalty corner opportunity of the period.

With the victory, Virginia improved to 14-2 (2-2 ACC) while Boston College fell to 10-3 (1-2 ACC).

Senior Elly Buckley got a ball into the cage in regulation, but the goal was whistled off because of a penalty committed by another UVa player. Boston College also saw the ball go into the cage, but that play was whistled dead on a penalty before the shot was fired off.

Junior goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone made three saves, playing the entire 88:24 in goal. Settipane ended the game with nine saves for the Eagles. The goal was LeBlanc’s third of the year with Hyams logging her seventh assist.

No. 8 Penn State 6, Ohio State 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Lions put on an strong offensive showing on Friday night, winning by a final of 6-1 against Ohio State. The win increases Penn State’s current winning streak to eight matches.

The Penn State goals came from a multitude of players on the afternoon, with a season-high five different players scoring for the Lions. Brittany Grzywacz scored off two penalty corner pieces and Amanda Dinunzio, Jenna Chrismer, Taylor Herold and Lauren Purvis each added a goal.

The five-goal margin of victory matches the largest of the year for Penn State, with the other coming in a win against Delaware. Grzywacz’s multi-goal performance is the second of the season for the team, the first came from Herold against Delaware.

Ohio State’s goal was the first PSU allowed in Big Ten play this season

NCAA



Field hockey set for Pink Day vs. Ohio State



UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Nittany Lion field hockey team hosts Big Ten rival Ohio State on Friday (Oct. 11) at 3 p.m. to kick off the Penn State homecoming weekend. After the matchup with the Buckeyes, the Blue and White will travel to Bucknell to play the Bison on Sunday in a match that is set to start at noon.

Friday's match vs. Ohio State is Penn State field hockey's official Power of Pink Day, with all proceeds going to the Pink Zone, which raises money to fight breast cancer. The first 250 fans to the match will receive a free pink t-shirt and there will be pink field hockey hats on sale for $10. Penn State will be wearing special pink jerseys for the match to commemorate the event.

All fans are reminded that Penn State has a no bag policy that will be enforced at every Penn State home event throughout the year. One clear plastic one-gallon bag per person is the only bag permitted at all Penn State home events.

Fans are strongly encouraged to park in the East Deck parking lot for Friday's match against Ohio State. Curtin Road will be blocked off at 5:30 for the homecoming parade, so please plan accordingly.

Penn State is coming off a big win against No 10 Northwestern by a final score of 2-0 the last time it took the field. By winning, the Nittany Lions extended their win streak to seven matches and remained perfect in Big Ten play, moving their record to 2-0.

The Nittany Lions defense has been on lockdown during its current win streak, recording five shutouts in its last seven matches. The Blue and White's five shutouts are the most in the Big Ten this season. The Lions have allowed one goal in their last five matches combined. Individually, Penn State has won each of the last four Defensive Big Ten Player of the Week awards, with Kylie Licata (Mountain Top, Pa.) being the most recent recipient.

Penn State holds a commanding series lead over the visitors from Ohio State in the all-time series, going 33-10-2 against the Buckeyes. Despite owning a big lead in the head-to-head record, the matchup has been much more even over the past few years.

The two sides have split the last four matches in the series going 2-2 since the 2010 season, with the Nittany Lions claiming victory in the last two meetings. The Blue and White has outscored Ohio State by a combined 4-0 in the previous two contests, winning 1-0 in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament and 3-0 in Columbus a season ago.

Ohio State has had a roller-coaster season thus far. After opening the season with a 2-1 record, including a 3-2 double overtime victory over then No. 20 New Hampshire, the Buckeyes lost four consecutive matches, with back-to-back 1-0 shutouts against No. 7 Massachusetts and No. 6 Syracuse. The team has regrouped from the losing streak and has won two of its last four contests, including a 2-1 win over Ohio this past Sunday.

After Friday's match with the Buckeyes, Penn State will travel to Lewisburg to square off with the Bison. Sunday's match will mark the 40th time Bucknell and Penn State have met. The Nittany Lions have dominated the matchup over the years, compiling a record of 35-2-2 vs. the Bison. Bucknell represents Penn State's oldest ongoing rivalry, as the two sides met in the Nittany Lions' inagural season in 1964. PSU won the match by a final of 4-0.

Bucknell brings a 6-5 record into the weekend and is off to a perfect 3-0 start in the Patriot League. The Bison have won two of their last three matches, picking up wins over Colgate and Lafayette before falling to Temple by a final of 3-1. Bucknell is averaging 2.45 goals per outing while holding opponents to just 1.91 scores per match.

After the meeting with the Bison, the Nittany Lions return home to host the Spartans from Michigan State in their last home match of the season. The contest will be played on Saturday, October 19 at noon.

Penn State media release



Hockey trial for youths

Arin Kumar


THE Fiji Hockey Federation has begun its search for players to form a team to represent the country at the Youth Olympic Games in China next year.

A two-day trial ended yesterday at the National Hockey Centre in Suva where four men's and four women's teams competed.

FHF development officer Tai Smith said the trials were held in the under-17 category.

"We had teams from Levuka, the Western Division and the Central Division compete in the trials," she said.

"168 players turned up for the trials and the FHF is pleasantly surprised by the turnout."

She said 25 men and 25 women would be named to begin training for the Youth Olympics

The Fiji Times



England Hockey shortlisted for Sports Event Management Award



The ISEM Awards are the only international Awards to recognise excellence in the global sports event management industry. - See more at: http://www.iirme.com/isem/awards#sthash.1xxDMKnh.dpuf

The ISEM Awards are the only international Awards to recognise excellence in the global sports event management industry, and the Investec World League has been shortlisted in the Event Overlay Facilities category after having been put up for nomination by ICON.

England Hockey and ICON have a partnership for delivering events going all the way back to 2007, starting in Manchester and now running events across the country. From building our temporary international event venues to helping supply England Hockey roadshows with inflatables and power, SLS (part of ICON) have allowed us to deliver the best looking events that we can.

ICON have delivered and dressed events from the Investec World League all the way up to London 2012, helping turn spaces into world-class environments. This has now come together with the Investec World League being shortlisted for an award at the 7th International Sports Event Management Awards. The ISEM Awards are the only international awards to recognise excellence in the global sports event management industry, through the acknowledgment of outstanding performance in the organisation of major sports events.

ICON have also helped us deliver world-class hospitality and corporate events, allowing our guests to enjoy the best experience at England Hockey. To be part of the corporate side of England Hockey and gain access to special events, tickets and discounts, why not join The 1908 Club?

England Hockey Board Media release