News for 26 October 2013

All the news for Saturday 26 October 2013


Daily Summary - Rotterdam triumph on Day 1

It was an action-packed opening day of Euro Hockey League’s Round 1.2 event in Lille (FRA) as eight teams took to the field determined to start their 2013-14 EHL campaign in winning fashion.

Waterloo Ducks (BEL), Rot-Weiss Köln (GER) and H.C. Rotterdam (NED) were all triumphant, while French champions St Germain and Dinamo Elektrostal played out a hugely entertaining draw.

Here is a quick summary from the action from the first day.

Pool C - WatDucks fight-back sees off Poznanska
Waterloo Ducks recorded a 3-1 victory over Pool C rivals AZS Politechnika Poznanska, although the Belgians were forced to work extremely hard for their success by their Polish opponents.   A spectacular early strike from Krzysztof Kmiec earned Poznanska a surprise lead which they kept until the early stages of the third quarter, but goals from Maxime Bertrand, Alex de Paeuw and Alex de Saedeleer ensured that the Belgian champions came off the field as winners.

Pool B - Montag hits hat-trick as Köln cruise past Stroitel
The absence of double Olympic Gold medal winning siblings Philipp and Christopher Zeller did not stop Rot-Weiss Köln cruising to a 5-1 Pool B win over Belarusian champions SC Stroitel Brest in the day’s second match.  The Zeller boys were not named on the team-sheet for the match against Brest, but the German giants still had far too much quality for their opponents and cruised to a comfortable victory, with team captain Jan-Marco Montag scoring a hat-trick in the contest.

Pool H - St Germain & Elektrostal play out entertaining draw
The third game of the day in Lille saw Parisians St Germain and Dinamo Elektrostal of Russia play out an absolutely thrilling 3-3 draw, although it will go down as a day that Dinamo’s Ilya Larikov will remember for all the wrong reasons. The Elektrostal defender was credited with two own goals and missed a penalty stroke as the Russians were held by the French champions in their Pool H encounter.

Pool A - Thys double helps Rotterdam past brave Lille
H.C. Rotterdam battled to a 4-1 win over EHL Round 1-2 hosts Lille MHC in the fourth and final match of Day 1. The home favourites produced a performance to be proud of in this Pool A clash, but three goals in the final quarter gave the Dutch champions a deserved triumph.  EHL all-time top scorer Jeroen Hertzberger was on target in the contest, while Belgian international summer signing Jeffrey Thys netted a late double to help his new team claim maximum points.

EHL Round 1.2 Lille continues on Saturday with four more top class European matches. At 0930 (Central European Standard Time), Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER) take on AZS Politechnika Poznanska in Pool C before Robbert Kemperman’s Kampong (NED) make their EHL debut against Pool B opponents SC Stroitel Brest at 1200.

The 1430 game is a mouth-watering Pool A clash between H.C. Rotterdam and Reading HC of England, a team that eliminated Rotterdam in the second round of last year’s competition. The final match of the day will feature Belgium’s Racing Club de Bruxelles and Dinamo Elektrostal, with the Pool H rivals meeting at 1700.

Remember, you can watch free live streaming of the matches from EHL Round 1.1 Lille live right here on www.ehlhockey.tv or via the EHL App which can be downloaded here.

Euro Hockey League media release



WatDucks fight-back sees off Poznanska

Waterloo Ducks got their Euro Hockey League campaign underway with a 3-1 victory over Pool C rivals AZS Politechnika Poznanska, although the Belgians were forced to work extremely hard for their success by their Polish opponents in the opening match of Round 1.2 Lille.

A spectacular early strike from Krzysztof Kmiec earned Poznanska a lead which they kept until the early stages of the third quarter, but goals from Maxime Bertrand, Alex de Paeuw and Alex de Saedeleer ensured that the Belgian champions came off the field as winners.

The result earned five points for the WatDucks, while Poznanska also claimed what could be a crucial point by virtue of losing by less than three goals. Poznanska will be back in action on Saturday morning when they face Uhlenhorst Mülheim of Germany. WatDucks will play Mülheim on Sunday. 

Waterloo Ducks dominated possession in the early stages of the match, but it was Poznanska who claimed an early lead with a wonderful counter-attack. Krzysztof Kmiec was the scorer, thumping home a stunning first time strike from the top of the circle that gave onrushing WatDucks keeper Vincent Vanasch little chance of saving.

The Belgians were guilty of wasting some huge goal-scoring opportunities in the first and second periods, with Alex de Saedeleer seeing his weak penalty stroke saved before Gaultier Boccard and Nicholas Vandiest missed the target with powerful efforts.

The third quarter was completely dominated by the Belgians. A deserved equaliser came thanks to a smart close range touch from Maxime Bertrand before the outstanding Alex de Paeuw added a quick second with a moment of individual brilliance, finding the net from a tight angle after fine work down the right. 

The result was put beyond all doubt in the fourth quarter when Alex De Saedeleer made amends for his earlier penalty miss by slamming a beautifully worked penalty corner routine high into the Poznanska net.

It was certainly not a vintage performance from the WatDucks, but the victory means that they are a step closer to reaching Easter’s spectacular KO16 event. 

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Montag hits hat-trick as Köln cruise past Stroitel

The absence of double Olympic Gold medal winning siblings Philipp and Christopher Zeller did not stop Rot-Weiss Köln cruising to a 5-1 Pool B win over Belarusian champions SC Stroitel Brest in the second match of the day in Lille.

The Zeller boys were not named on the team-sheet for the match against Brest, but the German giants still had far too much quality on show to ensure that they claimed a comfortable victory, with team captain Jan-Marco Montag scoring a hat-trick in the contest. Remarkably, all six goals in the match came from penalty corners, with Stroitel’s solitary effort arguably the pick of the bunch. 

Rot-Weiss made a sluggish start to proceedings, struggling to play their usual brand of fast flowing, attacking hockey. Eventually though, they found a breakthrough shortly before the end of the first quarter when Jan-Marco Montag rattled home the first of his three penalty corner efforts.

Montag completed a first half hat-trick with blistering penalty corner drag-flicks in the 22nd and 34th minutes to give the Germans a comfortable lead at half time before Tom Grambusch added a fourth in the 39th minute.

Stroitel Brest got their name on the score-sheet in the 44th minute thanks to a penalty corner from Ivan Kisialevich, who slammed home an emphatic finish after a superbly worked three pass move unlocked the Köln defence.

However, the scoring was completed by Henning Hütterman, who produced an excellent volleyed finish after Montag’s initial penalty corner drag-flick rattled the cross-bar.

Stroitel will be back in action on Saturday when they face Dutch EHL newcomers Kampong. Kampong and Köln will face each other on Sunday.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



St Germain & Elektrostal play out entertaining draw

The third game of the day in Lille saw Parisians St Germain and Dinamo Elektrostal of Russia play out an absolutely thrilling 3-3 draw, although it will go down as a day that Dinamo’s Ilya Larikov will remember for all the wrong reasons. The Elektrostal defender was credited with two own goals and missed a penalty stroke as the Russians were held by the French champions.

The match was hugely competitive, with the Russians arguably the better team for much of the contest. Andrey Kuraev opened the scoring with a close range finish late in the first quarter only for St Germain to hit back when Ilya Larikov netted the first of his two own goals with an unfortunate touch on a cross into the circle.

St Germain stepped up their game in the second quarter and took the lead on the stroke of half time through Pierre Louis Verrier, who produced a striker’s finish to fire home a first time effort past Elektrostal keeper Roman Rogov.

The Russians were the better team in the third and fourth quarters, with veteran Russia striker Alex Platonov tying the scores before a Larikov missed a glorious chance to put his team ahead from the penalty spot. However, Dmitry Azarov produced a moment of magic to crash a stunning shot into the roof of the St Germain net before wheeling away in celebration.

Just as it seemed that Elektrostal were heading for victory, a speculative pass into the Russian circle took a touch off the stick of the luckless Larikov and flew into the net. Initially the goal was not given, but an appeal to the video umpire confirmed that the defender had indeed got the crucial touch.

Alex Platonov had a chance to win it at the death, but the match finished with the score locked at 3-3.

Elektrostal will be back in action on Saturday when they face Racing Club de Bruxelles, who in turn will do battle with St Germain on Sunday.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Thys double helps Rotterdam past brave Lille


H.C. Rotterdam battled to a 4-1 win over EHL Round 1-2 hosts Lille MHC in the fourth and final match of Day 1. The home favourites produced a performance to be proud of in this Pool A clash, but three goals in the final quarter gave the Dutch champions a deserved triumph. Belgian international summer signing Jeffrey Thys netted two goals to help his new team claim maximum points.

Rotterdam were thoroughly dominant in the first period of the match and would surely have taken the lead were it not for some top class goalkeeping from Lille’s Matthias Dierckens who made a number of excellent blocks.

The Rotterdam pressure continued throughout the second period but the team were thwarted by more impressive defending from Lille, who reduced their illustrious opponents to little more than half chances. The best of those opportunities fell to Netherlands international Seve van Ass, who fired wide of the target from close range when he really should have done better. 

Incredibly, it was Lille who made the first mark on the score-board when Thibo Fourcroy sent the home fans wild when he finished off an impressive counter-attack from close range four minutes from half time. However, Rotterdam were soon back on level terms thanks to a blistering penalty corner flick from EHL all-time top scorer Jeroen Hertzberger.

Lille continued to frustrate the giants of Dutch hockey throughout the third period, although everything changed in the fourth quarter when the host team finally ran out of luck. A speculative pass into the circle hit the left post before bouncing off Lille keeper Dierckens and trickling over the line to give Rotterdam a 2-1 lead.

Rotterdam’s third and fourth goals came from the stick of former KHC Dragons superstar Jeffry Thys, who cracked home a beautiful backhand effort before being on hand to net a penalty corner rebound to put the result beyond all doubt.

Lille certainly impressed in this contest, but few would suggest that Rotterdam were anything other than worthy winners.

Rotterdam will be back in action on Saturday when they face Reading HC of England. Lille face Reading on Sunday.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release

 



Phil Burrows' hockey passion comes at a cost

MURRAY HILLS



ON THE RUN: Phil Burrows playing for Capital in the National League earlier this year. Fairfax NZ


Representing your country doesn't come cheap.

Veteran Black Sticks hockey player Phil Burrows knows that only too well after forking out $2300 for flights back to New Zealand for next week's Oceania Cup quadrangular tournament in Stratford.

But the 33-year-old striker wouldn't have it any other way.

"I'm passionate about playing for New Zealand. It's just that Hockey New Zealand doesn't have any money. We have to fund our own flights back from Europe if we want to play for New Zealand . . . it's not great."

Burrows said his club - Dutch side HGC - paid for two return flights a year, but he had already used one and was using the other in December.

Fellow Black Sticks Shea McAleese and Nick Haig also play club hockey in Europe.

"We arrived back a week ago for a national camp at the Millennium Institute of Sport in Auckland," he said. "We come down to Stratford on Sunday and the day after the final, the Monday, we fly out. It's a quick trip."

Burrows was looking forward to the Oceania Cup, where they will play Australia, Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

"It's going to be an interesting tournament. You've got two teams ranked highly in the world and two teams that aren't. It's not hard to pick the final," he said.

"Australia are always a challenge, they always test us."

Burrows, who has played 303 games for his country, said he could clearly remember his first game. "As a 19-year-old in January 2000. It was against Great Britain, we lost 6-3."

So what keeps him going?

"Playing semi-professional helps. I couldn't work fulltime and play. I keep fit and I'm pretty confident I can go through to Rio in 2016. But I'm happy to take it one game at a time," he said.

He's also been relatively injury-free in a sport where injury is only one swing of a stick away.

"I've had a few hamstring and calf injuries and broken fingers and my leg. But you get that with hockey with sticks and balls flying around."

Burrows said the last time he was in Stratford was for an "under-13 or under-15" tournament.

"I'm looking forward to the week. It's also a chance to catch up with an old mate of mine, Alistair Burgon, who has a farm nearby [Normanby]," he said.

"I haven't seen him for a long time. We went to school together at Newlands College in Wellington. It will be good to catch up with him and his family."

The Blacks Sticks' first game is against Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, with the big game against Australia on Thursday. Friday is a rest day, with New Zealand up against Samoa on Saturday. The men's and women's finals will be played on Sunday.

The Black Sticks women's team open their tournament with a game against Australia on Wednesday.

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Brooke's departing gift is Black Sticks selection

EVAN PEGDEN


Brooke Neal finally gets the chance to make her Black Sticks debut at the Oceania Cup in Taranaki next week and the promotion is timely as her stay in Waikato comes to an end.

Originally from Whangarei, Neal has been based in Hamilton for the past three years while at Waikato University and, having finished her time there, credits much of her development into an international hockey player to the time spent training and playing in the city.

"I definitely think it has had a huge impact on my hockey ," Neal, 21, said.

"I came down from Northland, which is also strong at hockey, and I only grew from there, so I'm really thankful for all the support I got through Midlands Hockey and also the University of Waikato - they've really supported me with the scholarship - I don't think I would be in the Black Sticks if it wasn't for them."

Having recently completed her Bachelor of Communications degree at the university, Neal has just made the move to Auckland to take up an internship with a marketing agency specialising in event management. It also eliminates the time-consuming twice-weekly travel to the city for Black Sticks squad training.

She was named in the 26-strong training squad after the National Hockey League earlier this year but until now has not made any of the 18-woman tournament/touring squads.

"I'm really thrilled. It's going to be an exciting opportunity," Neal said of her selection in the team for the Oceania Cup against Australia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.

Her trip to the Junior World Cup in Germany with the Junior Black Sticks in August obviously played its part in her selection.

Neal hopes she has some big years ahead of her with the Commonwealth Games and World Cup, both played next year, and her ultimate goal is selection for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

But she knows it all starts with her performances next week in Stratford and how much experience she can glean playing alongside the likes of 222-cap defender Emily Naylor.

"I'm not too sure how much playing time I will get, but all I can do is keep training hard.

"We've got some really experienced defenders like Emily Naylor back there so it will be good to learn off her and hopefully I can get some game time to get some experience there.

"[Australia] are really tough competition so any game time against them would be really valued."

Neal is not the first member of her family to play for New Zealand, with her brother Shay in the Black Sticks men's squad, but it has certainly brought further excitement to the hockey-mad Northlanders.

"It's created a bit of a family legacy, I guess."

While all 26 of the wider squad have been training in Hamilton this week, Neal is one of three new caps in the squad of 18 for the Oceania Cup, along with Auckland defender Liz Thompson and Canterbury striker Sophie Cocks. Fairfax NZ

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Uddingston will try and knock Watsonians off the top

Weekend Preview

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 2


This weekend we will see a top of the table match between league leaders Watsonians, who are yet to lose a match facing second place Uddingston who have only dropped one match so far. Expect a close game!

At the other end of the table bottom place FMGM Monarchs face eleventh place CALA Edinburgh who secured their first win of the season last weekend over Glasgow University, so they will be hoping to carry on their change of form to help them move up the league.

Granite City Wanderers welcome Falkirk GHG, the Inverleith side are slowly moving up the league and after a storming 6-1 win last weekend, they will be full of confidence going into this challenging match with the fifth placed team.

After a tense draw last weekend, Glasgow University have a tough match ahead of them, facing fourth place Stepps who will be wanting to redeem themselves after dropping points last weekend.

We will see a mid-table battle this weekend with St Andrews University moving up to sixth face Erskine Stewarts Melville FP. Alpha Data Carnegie play Aberdeen GSFP.

A few matches on this Sunday, Glasgow University will travel away to face a tough match against Watsonians. Fellow student based team University of St Andrews face CALA Edinburgh.

Aberdeen Asset Management Men’s National League Division 3

Sad news for Chapman Motherwell as they pull out of the league and will not play a part in this division.

Second place Perthshire face two matches at home this weekend, welcoming mid table Giffnock then face ninth place ADTI Aberdeen University. After scoring eight goals in one match last weekend they will be full of confidence going into these two matches.

Struggling Ayr will face a hard match against fourth place Harris Academy FP at the weekend. Whilst Stirling Wanderers go north and face Highland. Yet to lose a match 2020 Renewables Greenock go away to third place Waverley Inveresk Trinity, which will be a challenging match for both sides.

Regional Leagues – Central Division 1

Unbeaten Grange II travel away to face upcoming Edinburgh University II, who currently lie fifth in the table after their narrow win over PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II last weekend.

Third position PSL Team Sport Clydesdale II welcome Hillhead II who are only one point above the Titwood based team. Fourth place Inverleith had double wins last weekend and will be hoping to keep the winning streak when they travel away to Kelburne II.

Struggling Stepps welcome Edinburgh University III and Grange III travel away to Western Wildcats II.

Central Division 2

Unbeaten Rottenrow Blue Sox play another two matches this weekend, welcoming bottom of the table Livingston & West Lothian on Saturday and a rescheduled match against thirteenth placed Glasgow University II. Don’t expect the table toppers to go light on these two struggling teams.

Third place Uddingston II travel away to GHK wanting to redeem themselves after a 6-0 loss last weekend. Second place Anchor face East Kilbride who are sitting solid in sixth, while PSL Team Sport Clydesdale III face the besieged Glasgow University II.

Near the bottom of the division Falkirk GHG face Alpha Data Carnegie II, both teams will be wanting to scrape a win for those vital points to move them up the table.

Clydeside welcome Erskine Stewarts Melville FP II and CALA Edinburgh II go away to Watsonians II.

North Division

Top of the table Granite City Wanderers II will welcome Grove Menzieshill II whose goal tally is 20 plus, in which they will fancy their chances against the top side.

ADTI Aberdeen University II who have not yet won a match go up against AAM Gordonians II and Aberdeen GSFP III face Gordonians III.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



Hillhead face fellow Glaswegians - Glasgow Uni

Weekend preview

Aberdeen Asset Management Women’s National League Division 2


Second place Hillhead travel away to face Glasgow University, Hillhead have two games in hand and after a point slipping through their fingers last weekend to Inverleith they will be wanting to get back to winning results.

Dundee University welcome Inverleith, the student based team have been struggling with only one win so far this season so will be hoping to not to lose too many points this weekend.

Bottom placed Haddington are six games out of six without a point, they travel away and face a tough match against fourth place Erksine Stewarts Melville FP.

Mid table team Borders Fjordhus Reivers have a had a mixed start to the season, losing three and winning three, they go away to fellow mid table team Granite City Wanderers.

On Sunday we see the two universities go up against each other, Glasgow University, who secured their first win last weekend go up against Dundee University.

Aberdeen Asset Management National League Division 3

Ayr move up to fourth even though only securing one point from last weekend’s double header, they welcome bottom Strathclyde University.

ADTI Aberdeen University are yet to win a match and they welcome second place Waverley Inveresk Trinity, which will be a tough match for the east coast side.

Top of the table St Andrews University go up against third place Stirling University, who will try and secure a point off the student based team who are yet to lose a match.

Strathclyde University welcome Stirling University and Bon Accord MBC are away to St Andrews University on Sunday.

Championship – East Division

With a game in hand Edinburgh University II welcome mid table team Grange EL. Edinburgh University III secured their first win last weekend and will be wanting to carry on that form when they travel away to Grove Menzieshill A. Watsonians A face CALA Edinburgh II.

West Division

The Milne Craig Clydesdale Western teams are full steam ahead with their IIIs travelling away to third place Glasgow Accies. The Titwood outfits IIs top the table and welcome struggling Kelburne II over the weekend. Stirling Wanderers go away to Giffnock in a friendly.

Scottish Hockey Union media release



New Scottish Hockey Chief Exec Appointed


David Sweetman confirmed as new Scottish Hockey Chief Executive

Scottish Hockey today announced the appointment of David Sweetman as the national governing body's new Chief Executive Officer.

Sweetman, 32, will join the organisation in January 2014 from Diageo, who employed him as a Graduate Trainee in 2005. He has since progressed rapidly within the company's business functions to his current role of Business Leader.

He is also currently a International Hockey Federation (FIH) Grade One umpire and part of the FIH's 'Road to Rio' Olympic umpire programme. He recently took charge of the Youth Olympics Hockey Final in Singapore.

Commenting on his appointment, Sweetman said, "I am delighted to be appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Scottish Hockey at such an important and exciting time for the sport.

"I have been part of the hockey community in Scotland for many years as a player, coach, umpire and North District President. I am very much looking forward to the challenge of leading the organisation from 2014, when we will have the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and beyond."

Scott Baird, Chair of Scottish Hockey, added, "On behalf of the board and staff, I am delighted to welcome David to the Scottish Hockey family as the new CEO.

"We are excited about this appointment and we look forward to him leading the organisation from 2014. This is a fantastic time to be involved in hockey with Glasgow 2014 on the horizon and ensuring as an organisation we are fit for purpose and developing the sport beyond 2014.  We are sure David will bring great value, business skills and acumen to the role.

"His knowledge and experience of hockey at a national, European and World level will also be great assets to utilise."

Scottish Hockey Union media release



ODU moves into tie atop Big East with win vs. UConn


Kelsey Smither's three assists helped Old Dominion pick up its ninth consecutive win. Old Dominion Athletics

No. 1 Maryland 4, No. 5 Virginia 1

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Maryland clinched the ACC regular-season title on Friday night with a 4-1 win against Virginia. Sophomore Maxine Fluharty led the offense with two goals, while the Terrapins’ defense held the league’s top scorer quiet throughout the match.

Maryland (16-1, 5-0 ACC) held a 3-0 lead at halftime behind an early goal from senior Jill Witmer and Fluharty’s two scores. Junior Welma Luus expanded the Terps’ lead to 4-1 with just under 18 minutes to play to hold off a Virginia (15-4, 3-3) threat. The Cavaliers’ Elly Buckley, the league’s top scorer, was held without a goal and to three shots.

With the win, the Terrapins clinched the top spot in the ACC tournament on Nov. 7-10 in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Due to the addition of Syracuse to the league this year, only the top-seeded team earns a first round bye.

Maryland jumped out of the gate quickly with a score by Witmer 4:20 in. Sophomore Sarah Sprink sent a hard shot in from the top of the circle and Witmer deflected it in for her 15th goal of the year.

In the 23rd minute, Fluharty scored her first of the night and made it a two-goal lead for the Terps. She slung in a backhanded shot off a pass from Anna Dessoye for the score.

With a little more than a minute left in the first half, the Terps were awarded a penalty corner. Sprink’s two shots were saved by Virginia goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone, then Fluharty tapped in the Terrapins’ third goal for a 3-0 lead at the break.

Virginia got on the board with 22 minutes left to play when Katie Robinson deflected in Elly Buckley’s shot off a penalty corner. As momentum started to swing toward the Cavaliers, Luus created a shot on the Terps’ end of the field and scored from the top right part of the circle for a 4-1 lead with 17:91 to play.

Maryland outshot Virginia 16-10 and Terrapins goalkeeper Natalie Hunter notched five saves, all in the second half. Johnstone had nine stops.

No. 10 Old Dominion 5, No. 4 Connecticut 0

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion (10-6, 5-1) defeated Connecticut (13-3, 5-1) by a 5-0 final on Friday afternoon and claimed a share of the Big East lead.

“It is really positive for us to get a solid win over a Connecticut team that can be very dangerous,” ODU head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “After a slow start, we took our chances well today — we finished effectively. The team worked hard defensively, we limited their clear goal scoring opportunities and our goalkeeping was strong. I am very pleased with the result.”

Old Dominion won its ninth consecutive game and earned a trip to the Big East tournament with great defensive effort to earn its sixth shutout in seven games. Sarah Breen and Katy Fuhrman each scored two goals, Teisha King added a goal, and both Rosario Villagra and Kelsey Smither achieved three assists.

Both teams started the game taking time to earn each scoring opportunity. At the 20-minute mark Old Dominion found a new stride, both offensively and defensively. Breen took a corner feed from Rosario Villagra and Kelsey Smither to tally her 11th goal of the year. Ten minutes later, Katy Fuhrman went all the way to the net and scored her first goal of the year with an assist going to Rosario Villagra.

The start of the second half did not differ from the end of the first half. At 40:09 Fuhrman came out scoring her second goal of the game. Six minutes later, Breen scored her 12th of the year off another corner with assists going to Villagra and Smither. ODU capped off the day at 50:52 with Teisha King scoring her third goal of the year with an assist going to Smither.

The Lady Monarchs have not lost since Sept. 22 when they played in Louisville. ODU was outshot 14-9 and both teams had four penalty corners. Old Dominion sophomore goalkeeper Megan Hept came up with nine saves to earn her sixth shutout in seven games and 10th win on the year. Huskie keeper Sarah Mansfield earned her third loss and totaled one save.

No. 6 Penn State 2, No. 19 Iowa 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Penn State grabbed at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season championship on Friday afternoon for the second consecutive season, prevailing in a tough 2-1 road win against. The win moves Penn State’s Big Ten record to 5-0 on the year.

The Lions prevailed by using two second-half goals within four minutes of each other to get past the Hawkeyes. Jenna Chrismer scored the first to tie the match before Brittany Grzywacz gave the Lions the lead for good off a penalty corner.

To open the second stanza, Iowa jumped on top early in the half. The Big Ten’s leading goal scorer, Natalie Cafone, played a perfect pass to Stephanie Norlander who turned and fired past the Nittany Lion defense to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage.

The goal seemed to spark the Blue and White, as PSU started attacking with more urgency. Eight minutes after Iowa took the lead, Penn State equalized. Chrismer collected the ball in the circle and hit an off-balance backhanded shot that rocketed into the bottom left corner of the cage to tie the match at 1-1. The goal marks her sixth of the season, ranking fourth on the team.

Four minutes after Chrismer knotted the match up at 1-1, Grzywacz put the Lions on top. On Penn State’s fifth penalty corner opportunity of the match, the Nittany Lions ran a play where Grzywacz passed to Gebhart who gave the ball right back. With space, Grzywacz executed a perfect drag flick that sent the ball into the top of the net to give the Blue and White a 2-1 lead. The goal gives the defending Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week a team-leading 11 goals on the season.

The defense continued its streak of strong play in the winning effort. In the past 11 matches, Penn State has allowed one or fewer goals in eight of the contests. The backline did not allow a single penalty corner in the match against an Iowa team that averages more than 5.5 per match.

NCAA



The Postponement of the All Boys Indoor Tournament Provides Promise of International Competition

The intention of hosting the first All Boys Indoor Field Hockey Tournament was to provide an incentive for boys to play field hockey. By creating an event where boys from all over the United States could come together to play, Dita Field Hockey North America had hoped to spark interest and increase visibility for the boys and men who enjoy field hockey.

In an effort to stir interest, we opened the tournament to other hockey playing nations, notably Canada and South Africa, who had planned to each send several teams. Unfortunately the total number of U.S. who boys registered did not reach critical mass sufficient to host a worthwhile indoor tournament.  Sadly, we are informing our friends in Canada and South Africa that the event will be postponed until January 2015.

Although Dita is postponing this year’s All Boys Tournament, the opportunity to play field hockey during that weekend is still available. Dita is donating funds to have a smaller local indoor event on the same weekend, December 14-15. Both boys teams and girls teams are invited to participate and  there will be more games for each team and will have a small registration fee just to cover the smaller facility.  If any of your boys still want to come out just let me know.  I expect it will be mostly local players and a few die-hards coming from the East coast. Please contact us for further details at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Our enthusiasm for boys’ field hockey competition has not dipped and we have already begun mapping out details for our January 2015 event. The board requests groups add it to their calendar and be prepared for some great international competition.

The new event details are as follows:

ALL-BOYS INTERNATIONAL INDOOR HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

This Dita-sponsored event will be held at the end of January.  A cap of eight teams in each of the following age divisions will be invited: Under 12, U 14, U 16, and U 18. Once the first three slots in each division are filled by U.S. players, we will accept applications from Canadian, Mexican, South African, Dutch, Australian, and Chilean boys teams. Age divisions without a minimum three U.S. teams will be eliminated.

We are also willing to accept bids for hosting the tournament at other locations within the U.S., should interest and large numbers of players justify the move from the venue of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center facility. Keep posted to USA Field Hockey for more updates.

We look forward to growing the game together for our boys and men around the world and the ones located right in our very backyards.

Happy hockey,

Sandy Kinnee, CEO
Dita Field Hockey North America



USA Field Hockey Seeks Womens National Team Assistant Coach

To complement and continue the success that the Women’s National Team has achieved with Head Coach Craig Parnham’s lead, USA Field Hockey is seeking a world-class candidate for the position of Assistant Coach. Reporting to the Head Coach, the Assistant Coach will be responsible for working with the USA Field Hockey senior women’s team for the current Olympic cycle with a view to achieving international success as well as leading the U21 women’s program and the direction of junior high performance teams. The position is based in Lancaster, Pa. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply here.

USFHA media release