News for 17 November 2013

All the news for Sunday 17 November 2013

Foreign teams jet in ahead of hockey Africa Nations Cup


Kenya women hockey team players in training. [PHOTO:JENIPHER WACHIE]

Champions South Africa, Ghana, Egypt and Tanzania have arrived in the country ahead of Sunday’s hockey Africa Cup of Nations kick-off at the Nairobi City Park Stadium.

Tanzanian ladies team was the first to arrive on Thursday with South Africa, Egypt and Ghana jetting in on Friday.

Kenya men’s national team coach Meshack Senge exuded confidence his charges were good enough to clinch the title despite the country’s poor ranking.

“With the current rankings we are perceived to be the weakest side but we will prove them wrong,” he said.

The matches will be played in a round robin format that will see the first and second teams’ battle it out in the finals on Saturday. The winner will represent the Africa at the World Cup, which will be staged in The Hague, Netherlands in August. Kenya, which is ranked fourth will be the first to play on Sunday’s against giants Egypt.

Poor rankings

Later, Kenya women side will face a baptism of fire as they come up against champions South Africa. Kenya is ranked third behind South Africa and Ghana.

Already South Africa’s men’s and women’s national team coaches Charlie Pereira and Fabian Gregory have writen off Kenya’s chances of beating them to the title. Gregory declared that Ghana are their only threat to retaining the title and qualifying for next year’s world cup.

Ghana will start their campaign against Tanzanian women. Tanzania are not ranked by the Africa Hockey Federation (AFHF). However they are keen to leave with their heads held high.

South Africa men’s team will put their title on the line as they play the last match on Sunday against Ghana at 4pm.

Friday will see the battles for the bronze medal where third and fourth teams will battle it out. On Saturday, the group winners will meet in the finals, where the victors will be given the ticket to the World Cup in The Hague.

Several teams withdrew from the tournament because of recent terror attack at Westgate Mall in Nairobi in September.

The Standard Online

Reading made to battle for victory

Reading v Beeston -Tom Carson (R)

BOTTOM of the table Loughborough Students gave high-flying Reading a scare in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League Premier Division, the third-placed Berkshire side having to battle for a 2-1 victory on Saturday.

Reading were welcome of the win which was their first in three matches, and it came following goals from Tom Carson (pictured, right) and Chris Newman, 9 and 43 minutes respectively.

Loughborough halved the deficit when Ian Sloan scored from open play after 49 minutes, but Reading held on for the win despite the Students’ best efforts.

Two goals from Alan Forsyth – the last of which came two minutes from the end – helped Surbiton salvage a point from a 2-2 draw at East Grinstead.

After Glenn Kirkham had given the hosts the lead on 15 minutes, Forsyth struck first on 21 minutes. Tim Deakin retook the lead with a 27th minute goal, but Forsyth’s late equaliser ensured the points were shared.

Elsewhere, a second half goal from Sam Ward helped leaders Beeston win at Cannock, but like Reading they were given a rough ride by their hosts who lie eighth in the table.

Hampstead and Westminster secured their first victory in more than a month when they won 2-1 at home against Canterbury.

The Kent side led 1-0 at the break with Mickel Pierre scoring from a tenth minute penalty corner, but Hampstead pulled level with a goal from Oliver Didham on 44 minutes, and they snatched victory in the final minute through Neil Hamilton.

Two early goals from Ali Brogdon proved enough Wimbledon to beat fellow Premier Division newcomers Sheffield Hallam 2-1 in Yorkshire. Gavin Byers scored for the home side after eight minutes.

University of Durham lost the lead in the NOW: Pensions Conference North when they threw away a 2-0 half time lead and ended up losing 3-4 to Bowdon, who move up to third in the table. Their goals came from David Egerton (2), Bart Zywiczka and Tom Ainsworth.

Brooklands Manchester University are the new leaders following their 5-1 win over West Bridgford, with Peter Friend scoring a hat-trick.

Teddington made it eight matches unbeaten when they won 3-0 at home against Old Loughtonians in the NOW: Pensions Conference East, while leaders Southgate won 5-2 over Bromley and Beckenham.

And Team Bath Buccaneers secured a 2-4 away win at Guildford to maintain top spot in the NOW: Pensions Conference West. Second-placed Cardiff & Met also won, 4-1 over Havant.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (Saturday, November 16 2013):

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

NOW: Pensions Conference East: Brighton and Hove 1, Oxted 4; Cambridge City 8, St. Albans 1; Holcombe 5, Richmond 0; Southgate 5, Bromley and Beckenham 2; Teddington 3, Old Loughtonians 0.

NOW: Pensions Conference North: Brooklands MU 5, West Bridgford 1; Khalsa (Warks) 2, Belper 1; Olton & West Warwicks 3, Deeside Ramblers 4; University of Durham 3, Bowdon 4; Wakefield 2, Leek 0.

NOW: Pensions Conference West: Cardiff & Met 4, Havant 1; Cheltenham 2, Indian Gymkhana 3; Fareham 2, Isca 2; Guildford 2, Team Bath Buccaneers 4; University of Exeter 1, University of Birmingham 2.

England Hockey Board Media release

Dharmaraj's wish depends on his flickers

By Jugjet Singh

IT was National Juniors hockey coach K. Dharmaraj's birthday yesterday, and he made a wish which his two penalty corner flickers will have to work doubly hard to fulfil in the Junior World Cup in New Delhi on Dec 6-16.

Malaysia, the Junior Asia Cup champions, have a fighting chance to progress into the knock-out stages as they only have to beat two teams from Group D which also has South Africa, New Zealand and England.

And Dharmaraj has a wish: "When I was young, every time when it was my birthday, my mother would say 'close your eyes and sincerely make a wish and it will come true because the angels are listening, but you can't tell others your wish because it's a secret.'

"I turned 44 today (yesterday). I have made my wish, but will have to wait until Dec 16 (one day after the Junior World Cup ends) to see its outcome," said Dharmaraj.

Defender Zulhairi Hashim and forward Shahril Saabah are the two penalty corner flickers who Malaysia will rely heavily on to score in New Delhi, and yesterday, they were hard at work with former India international Len Aiyappa.

"I have been working with these players on and off since the beginning of the year and there has been tremendous improvement in their attempts," said Aiyappa at the National Hockey Stadium in Buklit Jalil.

Aiyappa was India's best drag flicker until he retired from national duty following a fallout with the Indian Hockey Federation in 2006 but stayed in touch with the sport by representing Italian club side Cernusco from 2008-2012.

Shahril, 19 and from Terengganu, was top-scorer in the Sultan of Johor Cup, scoring eight goals in six matches.

Kuala Lumpur-born Zulhairi, 21, scored three goals in three friendly matches against the Indian juniors in New Delhi.

Dharmaraj will name his final squad of 18 on Thursday. "I already have confirmed 15 players who played in the Sultan of Johor Cup, while the remaining 11 in the training pool will fight for the three spots," said Dharmaraj.

Malaysia open accounts against New Zealand on Dec 6, then face South Africa on Dec 8 and finally England (Dec 9). They need to finish in the top-two to qualify for the crossover quarter-finals with Group C.

Group C has India, Netherlands, South Korea and Canada.

New Straits Times

Major revamp for 1MAS hockey programme

by S. Ramaguru

The 1MAS hockey programme which aims to teach strong basic skills to kids in all states will undergo a restructuring process to make it more performance-based. - Filepic

KUALA LUMPUR: Three years after its implementation, the 1MAS hockey programme will undergo a major restructure to make it more competitive and performance-based.

This will also translate to more money for the coaches as they compete with each other to have the best coaching centre.

Entering its fourth year in January, 1MAS hopes to take coaches and players out of their comfort zone with the new plan.

1MAS director Lim Chiow Chuan said that it is time for a revamp so that they can take the programme to the next level.

“After three years, we have 18 centres (14 states and four outsourced) and while some are active, others have needed constant monitoring to see that they keep up with the programme’s objectives. They have fallen into a comfort zone.

“And where complacency has crept in, the new re-structuring will make sure they become performance-based again,” he said.

From January, the centres will be classified into four different categories, with funding playing a big role in keeping the coaching staff motivated.

“Following the Steering Committee meeting (on Oct 30), it was decided that the programme would be restructured to classify the centres under different categories. This exercise is vital to improve the quality and take the programme to a higher level.

“The centres will be categorised from Class One to Four, with Class One being for the best performers and Class Four for the poorest.

“The classification of centres will also determine the amount of allowance payable to coaches and support staff. This means that a well-run centre which achieves its objective will get better funding,” said Chiow Chuan.

A head coach, with all the required qualifications, can earn up to RM2,250 by just running the weekend coaching clinic in his home state.

“Currently the age group tournaments have shown some improvement in skills, as 1MAS players are the preferred choice when the teams are selected.

“From our observations, the age group tournaments that were held this year saw a large number of 1MAS players being selected to represent their states. This is one of the objectives of the programme.

“Also the Under-16 team which takes part in the Mannheim (Germany) tournament each year has seen a big jump in the number of 1MAS players making the cut. In 2011, there was only one 1MAS player but in 2012 seven 1MAS players made the team.

“And this year there were eight 1MAS players in the team,” said Chiow Chuan.

The basic aim of the 1MAS programme has been to provide structured coaching for teenagers so that they have good basic hockey skills. The 1MAS coaching centres are supposed to act as feeders to the various state age group teams and hence to the national teams as well.

The Star of Malaysia

Probables for juniors’ training camp announced

KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) announced 29 probables for the national juniors’ training camp for the Junior World Cup to be played from December 6-15 in New Delhi, India.

The camp will begin tomorrow at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore and the federation has directed the players to report to Olympian Anjum Saeed (coach). The probables for the camp include Mazhar Abbas, Amin Yousaf and Amjad Ali  for goal-keeping duties. The team officials comprise Anjum Saeed and Danish Kaleem as coaches,  Tahir Zaman (manager and head coach Pakistan senior hockey team), Dr Mubashir Mohsin (team doctor) and Syed Abu Zar Umrao (video analyst).

The Express Tribune

Last phase of junior hockey camp from tomorrow

LAHORE: Twenty-nine probables have been called to attend the last phase of national hockey camp being organised for the Junior World Cup to be held in India from Dec 6 to 15.

The camp begins at the National Hockey Stadium on Nov 18. The probables have been advised to report to coach Anjum Saeed on Nov 18.

Fresh from their victory in the Asian Champions Trophy held recently in Japan, Pakistan senior team’s coach Tahir Zaman has also been appointed to attend the camp to assist head coach Manzoor-ul-Hasan Senior. Danish Kaleem is also the coach.


Mazhar Abbas, Amin Yousuf, Amjad Ali (goalkeepers); Mohammad Khalid, Syed Kashif Shah, Mohammad Kashif Javed, Mohammad Aleem Bilal, Mohammad Faisal Qadir, Zohaib Ashraf, Mohammad Rizwan Jr, Mohammad Tousiq, Ammad Shakeel Butt, Tasawar Abbas, Mohammad Mushtaq, Mohammad Sohaib, Mohammad Umair, Mohammad Umar Bhutta, Mohammad Dilber, Ali Shan, Ahmed Zubair, Mohammad Suleman, Mohammad Irfan, Hafiz Rizwan Ali, Arsalan Qadir, Adnan Anwar, Ayub Ali, Rizwan Ali, Asad Bashir, Abdul Kareem Khan.


Paragon sweeps Maganolias hockey titles

Paragon enjoyed a hefty payday of US2,000 as its men’s and women’s teams captured the Open Division titles in the Shandy Carib Magniolias Indoor Hockey Tournament at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo on Friday night.

In the men’s decider, Paragon led by braces from “Most Goal” award recipient and tournament “Most Valuable Player” Akim Toussaint and Kiel Murray spanked Defence Force 6-2 after trailining 2-0 inside the first 10 minutes.

For the “Teteron Boys”, Nichiolas Wren and Neil Lashley had beaten Paragon goalkeeper Jesse Thomas, the “Most Outstanding Goalkeeper” in the third and 10th minute for a 2-0 advantage.

However, it was Paragon from then on as Toussaint (34th, 39th) and Murray (25th, 36th) and Wayne Legerton (22nd) and Cogie Butler (29th) all found the net in a 14-minute second-half span to hand their team a deserved title. The women’s final was a much closer contest as Paragon got goals from four different players to turn back Harvard Maritime Checkers 4-2.

Arielle Williams fired Paragon ahead in the fifth minute but Kwylan Jaggassar replied for Checkers five minutes later, only for Zene Henry, the tournament’s top score to regain the lead for Paragon with her tournament high 14th goal a minute before the half.

Six minutes after the restart, Pauline Joseph extended Paragon’s lead and four minutes later, captain Alanna Lewis made it 4-1.

Checkers which stunned tournament host Magnolias in the semifinals did not drop their heads and in the 32nd minute Brittney Hingh handed her team a lifeline with their second goal of the match to trail 4-2, however, the Paragon defence marshalled by Lewis and fellow national player Avion Ashton held firm to secure the US$1,000 winner take all top prize.

The veterans final was a one-sided affair as Queen’s Park led by two goals each from National Security Minister, Gary Griffith and Raphael Govia dispatched national indoor winners’, Defence Force, 7-2.

In addition to the team prizes and individual awards, the “Toddy La Roche” award, in honour of Shandy Carib Magnolias first president and a former T&T Women’s Hockey Association president, who passed away earlier this year was also presented.

The award which will become an annual award, is given to a recipient (team or individual) who represents the true "Spirit of the Game", and displays the characteristics of what the sport is all about.

The first recipient of the award and the winner for 2013 was Anthony "Bumper" Marcano - Coach in U21 (Men and Women), Open (Men and Women), Player Vets and Open Men, one of the top umpires of the Tournament.

Friday’s results

Third place:
Women’s Open:

Notre Dame 11 (Blair Wynne 7th, 10th, 22nd, 24th, Tamia Roach 11th, 38th, Tonya-Marie James 17th, 29th, Dana-Lee De Gannes 18th, 33rd, Carol Wynne-Whiteman 30th) vs Magnolias 6 (Elise Olton 12th, Stacey Siu Butt 16th, 17th, Brianna Govia 23rd, Amie Olton 34th, Samantha Olton 35th)

Men’s Open:
Notre Dame 7 (Shaquille Daniel 15th, 19th, 30th, Darren Cowie 16th, 39th, Solomon Eccles 27th, Aidan De Gannes 39th) vs QPCC 4 (Kadeem Fortune 10th, 23rd, Dominic Young 17th, Stafn Mouttet 36th)

Women’s Open:

Paragon 4 (Arielle Williams 5th, Zene Henry 19th, Pauline Joseph 25th, Alanna Lewis 29th) vs Checkers 2 (Kwylan Jaggassar 10th, Brittney Hingh 32nd)

Men’s Open:
Paragon 6 (Akim Toussaint 34th, 39th, Wayne Legerton 22nd, Kiel Murray 25th, 36th, Cogie Butler 29th) vs Defence Force 2 (Nicholas Wren 3rd, Neil Lashley 10th)

QPCC 7 (Gary Griffith 8th, 27th, Raphael Govia 18th, 25th, Andre Attale 11th, Rob Wyatt 13th, Azad Ali 17th) vs Defence Force 2 (Nicholas Wren 20th, 28th)

Individual awards:
Men’s Open:

Most Goals: Akim Toussaint (Paragon) - 19
Most Outstanding Goalkeeper: Jesse Thomas (Paragon)
Most Valuable Player: Akim Toussaint (Paragon)

Women’s Open:
Most Goals: Zene Henry (Paragon) - 14
Most Outstanding Goalkeeper:
Most Valuable Player: Alanna Lewis (Paragon)

Most Goals: Nicholas Wren (Defence Force) - 14
Most Outstanding Goalkeeper: Joseph Lewis (Malvern)
Most Valuable Player: Jerazano Bell (QPCC)
Toddy La Roche award: Anthony Marcano (Malvern)

The Trinidad Guardian

Maryland advances to second round after topping American 4-1

Katie Gerzabek, left, scored twice for Maryland. Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Top-seeded Maryland advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 4-1 win against American on Saturday.

Junior Katie Gerzabek scored twice for the Terrapins (20-1), while sophomore Anna Dessoye added a goal and an assist to help the Terps to the NCAA second round on Sunday.

“This time of year, advancing is great,” Maryland head coach Missy Meharg said. “I’m very proud of the women for finding a way. American is an excellent team. Today, they came out with a very different game plan than they did when we played them earlier in the season in Washington D.C., which was very much expected because Steve Jennings is a fantastic coach. We’re just really pleased to be advancing.”

Thirteen minutes in, Dessoye put Maryland on the board first when she cracked a hard shot from the top of the circle and ricocheted in off American’s keeper. Junior Steffi Schneid picked up the assist on the play that gave the Terps a 1-0 lead.

Almost exactly three minutes later, senior Jill Witmer fed junior Katie Gerzabek for a quick shot from the right side of the circle for the two-goal lead.

A minute and a half after that, American (15-5) scored off a penalty corner when Alex McMackin deflected in the shot.

With 2:55 left in the first, Dessoye fed Witmer for a hard shot from the right side again that banged into the left corner of the cage. It was Witmer’s 17th goal of the year for a 3-1 lead at half.

Gerzabek added her second goal of the day with 8:55 remaining in the game. Schneid fed her a pass for a backdoor shot for the 4-1 lead.

Maryland outshot American 8-6 and both teams had four penalty corners. Goalkeeper Natalie Hunter picked up two saves on the day.

Maryland will play Princeton at 2 p.m. Sunday. The winner of that match will advance to next weekend’s NCAA national semifinals in Norfolk, Va.


Bird scores two as Princeton holds off Penn State in wild 5-4 first-round win

Cat Caro scored her ninth goal of the year for Princeton. Princeton Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- When Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Julia Reinprecht went down midway through the first half, Princeton was reminded of its last NCAA tournament match -- the national championship game.

The night before the title game Reinprecht’s older sister Katie battled a stomach bug, during warm-ups Teresa Benvenuti went down with an injury and minutes into the match Molly Goodman suffered an injury.

But the Tigers did what they did then and rallied, picked up their play and found a way win.

A resilient Princeton earned a 5-4 victory against Penn State in the NCAA tournament first round on Saturday, avenging its regular-season loss to the Nittany Lions.

The Tigers (14-4,) now have a date with Maryland in the NCAA second round at 2 p.m. Sunday, another rematch and loss from the regular season.

The first half saw a much more dominant Tiger side, holding a 6-3 shot advantage, but Penn State made it count on its few offensive chances to keep pace where it mattered -- the scoreboard.

Princeton pulled the momentum first, striking in the fourth minute for a 1-0 lead. Cat Caro had the ball on the left side in traffic drawing out Penn State’s goalkeeper Kylie Licata. With the defense surrounding Caro, she dished a quick cross to an open Allison Evans on the far post to score her 10th goal of the year.

Before the Tigers were able to add an insurance goal PSU capitalized on its first true offensive chance in the circle, tying the score on a penalty corner at 9:06.

In a battle for control, Princeton worked relentlessly to reestablish its momentum and nearly regained the lead in the 14th minutes off a Caro open shot. She beat the defensive line and sent in a hard shot to the far post that Licata got a last second touch to redirect it.

Despite containing the ball for much of the half inside the PSU side, the Nittany Lions again capitalized on their next chance in the 19th minute to take their only lead at 2-1.

Avoiding going into halftime with a deficit, Maddie Copeland evened the game with her first career postseason goal in the 22nd minute. Evans retrieved the ball near the top of the circle, took a touch and lifted it to Copeland waiting on the left post. In a swift motion she volleyed it past Licata to tie the score at 2-all.

Princeton opened the second period setting an upbeat pace of play and immediately earned a penalty corner. In the 37th minute, Michelle Cesan served the ball to Annabeth Donovan, who made a perfect stop for Amanda Bird to put the Tigers up 4-3.

The Tigers doubled its advantage five minutes later thanks to a Caro hard drive into the circle. Near the middle of the PSU half Copeland found a charging Caro on the right flank. This time in her second one-on-one effort with Licata, it was Caro to rocket in the ball to the top corner and put Princeton up 4-2 at 41:03.

As it had all day, Penn State found a way to squeeze back into the game and make things interesting. With less than 10 to play, the Nittany Lions scored a second goal off a penalty corner to cut Princeton’s lead to 4-3.

But PSU’s brief momentum pull was short lived when a Bird shot deflected off a Nittany Lion defender into the goal to provide a much-needed insurance goal in the 62nd minute.

With its postseason hopes on the line, Penn State began to push its team deep into the Tiger circle and scored to make it 5-4 in the 65th minute.

The Nittany Lions nearly forced overtime with less than three minutes to play when a PSU shot got past goalie Anya Gersoff but deflected off the post out of the cage.

Gersoff finished with four saves.

The Tigers are now 4-3 all-time versus Penn State in the NCAA tournament.


Late goal from McFadyen advances Wake Forest through to second round

Wake Forest will get another shot at North Carolina, the team that knocked it out of the ACC tournament. Wake Forest Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Senior Jess McFadyen scored with 5:09 left in the second half as Wake Forest defeated Old Dominion by a score of 3-2 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

McFadyen broke a 2-2 tie between the Monarchs and the Demon Deacons after several chances from each squad.

Wake Forest (12-8) moves on to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament and will play North Carolina on at 2 p.m. Sunday on the campus of North Carolina at Henry Field. Old Dominion finishes the season with a 13-8 overall record.

Krysta Wangerin, Christine Conroe and McFadyen had the three goals for Wake Forest. Valerie Dahmen made three saves in the game while Conroe had a defensive save in the game.

Old Dominion struck first in the game as Caitlin Walsh scored off a rebound in the 14th minute of the first half. In the 30th minute of the half Wake Forest, down a player after a yellow card, countered quickly on an ODU possession. Taylor Rhea and Wangerin registered two quick shots with 1:57 left in the half before Murphy found Wangerin wide open right in front of the cage tying the game up at 1-1.

As time was winding down in the frame, Rhea charged ahead and drew a penalty corner as time expired. On the first penalty corner, McFadyen tallied a shot though ODU was called for an infraction, leading to another penalty corner.

After McFadyen's shot was saved on the second penalty corner, Conroe collected the loose ball and scored on the rebound giving Wake Forest a 2-1 lead heading to halftime.

The Demon Deacons maintained the one-goal advantage until Old Dominion tied the game up with 25:32 left in the second half as Christy Longacre beat Valerie Dahmen for the equalizer.

After close calls from both teams with the score tied, the drama set in as Sarah Breen of ODU was issued a yellow card leading to an advantage for Wake Forest with 8:26 left in the game. McFadyen put Wake Forest up with 5:09 left in the game as she launched a shot from just inside the circle off a pass from Jess Newak for her fourth tally of the season. The shot clipped just under the crossbar for the go-ahead score.

As time began to expire, Old Dominion was awarded a penalty corner with no time on the clock but the final shot was blocked by the Deacs, giving Wake Forest the 3-2 victory.

The Demon Deacons outshot the Monarchs 13-2 in the game while each team had four penalty corners each.

Megan Hept made six saves for the Monarchs.

Wake Forest has less than a day to prepare for the Tar Heels who have defeated the Demon Deacons twice this season. North Carolina took the first meeting 4-2 on Oct. 12 in Winston-Salem, N.C. and scored late in the game last week as the Tar Heels beat the Deacs 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament.

The Deacs and Tar Heels have met just once in the NCAA tournament as North Carolina defeated Wake Forest 4-1 in 2009 in the second round.


Jeute scores in OT as UConn avenges regular-season loss to beat BC

Anne Jeute scored 4:16 into the overtime period to win the game for Connecticut. Connecticut Athletics

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Anne Jeute scored the game winner 4:16 into overtime to send the Connecticut to the NCAA Regional finals on Saturday afternoon. UConn improves to 18-4 on the season while the loss drops Boston College to 12-8 overall. The win avenges a regular-season loss to the Eagles, when BC bested UConn in overtime by a score of 4-3.

The Huskies dominated the first half of play, with Chloe Hunnable giving UConn the lead in the 12th minute of play. Fellow English countryman Sophie Bowden let loose a shot from close range that Eagles netminder Leah Settipane turned aside, but she collected her own rebound and slid a pass across the goal mouth for Hunnable to tap into the open net. Hunnable reached a milestone with the score, notching her 50th career goal. Hunnable, a junior, currently sits at sixth all-time on UConn’s career tallies list with 21 of those goals coming this season.

The Huskies worked feverishly to increase the lead, finishing the first half with an 8-3 edge in corners and a 17-3 advantage in shots. Anna Middendorf nearly found the back of the net on a shot off a corner 13:51 into the contest, but Sarah Hospodar made a skillful defensive save to keep BC within one. The Huskies earned four corner attempts in a 1:46 span of time toward the end of the first half but could not get a shot to go, as Settipane stood tall between the pipes and a redirected shot by Mckenzie Townsend ricocheted off the crossbar.

BC regained momentum in the second half as it attempted to close the scoring gap. The Eagles possessed the ball UConn defensive half of the midfield for a solid 13 minutes of the second half but could not generate many shots.

UConn nearly doubled its lead on a strange play midway through the second frame when a high shot by Anne Jeute careened off the underside of the crossbar and away from the cage but struck the official in the leg and nearly rolled into the net before Settipane dove to stop it on the end line.

Boston College elected to pull its goaltender and add the extra attacker in the waning minutes of the game, allowing Kelci Hromisin to find the late equalizer off a loose ball in front with 3:13 to play. Neither team could take the lead in the closing minutes, sending the contest to an overtime period.

UConn would regain momentum in the overtime period to seal the win. Maria Elena Bolles drew a trip in the circle to give UConn a corner with just more than 11 minutes to play. After inserting the ball, Jeute positioned herself in front and grabbed the ball as it trickled over off a blocked shot. Settipane denied the first shot but Juete, all alone in front, flicked the rebound up and over the Eagles goaltender for the win.

Settipane finished with 12 saves in the effort for BC, logging 73:38 of playing time. Sarah Mansfield made four saves in her 18th win of the season. UConn finished with a 22-8 advantage in shots and a 9-8 edge in corners.

UConn advances to the NCAA Regional final and will face Michigan State at 2 p.m. Sunday.


Michigan St. breaks Syracuse's home winning streak at 45 in upset win

Michigan State handed Syracuse its first loss at home since 2009. Michigan State Athletics

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Michigan State stunned No. 2 seed Syracuse in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon, defeating the regional host 2-1. MSU traveled to take on Syracuse at its home field where it was 9-0 this season and had won 45 in a row.

Michigan State struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of the game. It was first-team All-Big Ten forward Abby Barker that put home the goal, scoring her 18th goal of the season on a pass from Allie Ahern.

"For us, that was the momentum," MSU head coach Helen Knull said. "If you get up on a team, you feel more in control of the game. It gave us a little extra to keep going and really fueled the team. I thought we did a great job of disrupting their ability to attack in numbers."

Syracuse then held the Spartans without a shot for the remainder of the half, resulting in a 12-2 edge in shots at the break. Syracuse forward Alyssa Manley netted the equalizer in the 28th minute, but a strong effort highlighted by six first-half saves from MSU goalie Molly Cassidy kept the game knotted at 1-1 going into the half.

Syracuse generated more opportunities once again in the second half, outshooting the Spartans 9-2, but the stingy Michigan State defense held strong and kept the Orange off the scoreboard, leaving the door open for Michigan State to catch a break and take the lead.

That break came in the 52nd minute when a Syracuse turnover led to a Michigan State fast break that resulted in the go-ahead goal scored by freshman Kristen Matula.

Syracuse made several attempts at one final push in attempts to tie the game. A yellow card on Becky Stiles with five minutes remaining added some pressure to the defense, but MSU showed resilience and held off a comeback.

"Molly [Cassidy] had a fantastic game," Knull said. "She was deflecting things right and left. For us, once we got up, it was about keeping our poise and staying calm and controlling the game. The girls kept playing solid defense and held on."

Michigan State took just three shots on goal, but made them count, recording goals on two of them. Cassidy played a crucial role in the Spartans back line, making 10 saves on the day.

"We are peaking at the right time and have the belief that we can keep rolling," Knull said. "We are into the last eight and anytime you can do that it doesn't matter who the opponent is, it is special for your program."

MSU will now take on the winner of Boston College and Connecticut. The game will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday with a spot in the national semifinals on the line.


Massachusetts moves one game away from first semifinal trip since 1992

Charlotte Verelst scored the game-winning goal in overtime for Massachusetts. Massachusetts Athletics

DURHAM, N.C. -- Massachusetts advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament with a 4-3 victory in overtime versus Virginia on Saturday afternoon. Charlotte Verelst scored the game-winning goal unassisted with four minutes, six seconds to play in the first overtime.

Lindsay Bowman, Hannah Prince and Renee Suter contributed one tally apiece as the Minutewomen rallied from a trio of one-goal deficits to earn the victory. Prince added an assist for a three-point performance while Izzie Delario recorded two helpers and Alexa Sikalis provided her 20th assist of the season. Sam Carlino finished with five saves in goal.

The win at Duke's Jack Katz Stadium was the 19th of the year for the Minutewomen, tied for the second-most in one season by a UMass squad with the 1979, '93 and 2000 squads. The '92 team finished 21-2-0 overall en route to an NCAA national semifinals appearance.

Verelst used back-to-back shots in the 81st minute to end the game. Verelst, a freshman from Braine l'Alleud, Belgium, dribbled into the circle and fired an attempt into the legs of a Virginia defender. After the ball kicked back to Verelst, she gathered the loose ball and sent a shot high into the back-left corner to earn the game winner, her second of the year.

The Cavaliers nearly ended the game in overtime on two occasions only to have Carlino deny their attempts at the goalmouth. With its first try, Elly Buckley drove a shot from the left side toward the center of the cage, but Carlino sprawled out to her right to stop the attempt in front at the 77:00 mark. Only 42 seconds later, Carlino used her blocker pad to knock down Hadley Bell's strike after Bell found herself unguarded in the circle -- Virginia's last shot of the game.

The game was sent to overtime by Suter, who recorded her sixth goal of the season with only 68 seconds remaining in regulation. After Virginia tallied its third goal of the day with 8:34 to play in the game the squads battled back and forth until Suter found the back of the cage. Following a penalty corner, Delario pushed a pass through the Virginia defense across the cage to Suter at the right post, with Suter redirecting the ball behind Virginia goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone.

Caleigh Foust scored her 11th goal of the year on a pass from Elly Buckley to give the Cavaliers the early 1-0 lead. Buckley dribbled into the circle and sent a bouncing pass to Foust, with Foust able to redirect it into the top-left corner of the cage with 16 minutes, 22 seconds left in the first half.

The Minutewomen (19-5 overall) evened the game at 1-1 with 3:06 remaining in the opening stanza. Drawing its second penalty corner of the contest, UMass used an insert from Delario and stop by Sikalis to set up Prince with the shot. Prince flicked an attempt into the left side of the cage to earn the game-tying goal.

Following halftime, Virginia (15-6) used another penalty corner to record its second goal of the game. Foust found the back of the cage from the right post with a soft shot across the goal into the left side under a diving Carlino.

UMass responded to knot the game at 2-2 after Virginia's Macy Peebles was issued a green card at the 30:58 mark of play. The Minutewomen drew a penalty corner, with Prince sending a pass to Bowman at the right post. Bowman redirected the ball by Johnstone at 31:54 to make it 2-2.

The Minutewomen will face Duke (15-6) in the next round at 2 p.m. Sunday.


Three goals in two minutes powers UNC past Delaware in first round

Marta Malmberg had a goal and an assist for North Carolina. North Carolina Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Behind the force of three goals in just more than a two-minute span, North Carolina beat Delaware 6-2 on Saturday in an NCAA tournament first-round game at Francis E. Henry Stadium. UNC (17-5) got a hat trick from junior Charlotte Craddock in the victory, and the other three goals came from senior Marta Malmberg and sophomores Emily Wold and Nina Notman.

UNC and Wake Forest will face off at 2 p.m. Sunday in an NCAA tournament second-round game, with the winner moving on to the national semifinals on Friday in Norfolk, Va.

"I'm delighted to have advanced," UNC coach Karen Shelton said. "We never take NCAA tournament games for granted. We were fully prepared for Delaware and I'm excited we were able to get on the board early.

"I'm really proud of our team and the goals that were scored, as well as the quality of the passing. Our corner execution was good. I'm not too happy about the goals we gave up, but it's survive and advance and the fact we got so many goals and got them early was a plus for our team."

UNC opened the scoring with a goal in the ninth minute. After a give-and-go with Notman, Wold scored from close range.

Delaware answered at the 13-minute mark, scoring on the team's second penalty corner of the game. Freshman Esmee Peet had the goal, assisted by sophomore Allie Mikelson and senior Heather Hartman.

The Tar Heels then reeled off three quick goals to earn some breathing room. In the 18th minute of play, Notman scored on a penalty corner, assisted by Malmberg on the stickstop. Just 17 seconds later, Craddock dribbled into the circle and fired a shot past Delaware keeper Sarah Scher to make the score 3-1.

Less than two minutes later, Craddock added another. She took a pass from junior Loren Shealy then sent the ball to sophomore Casey Di Nardo to the right of the cage. Di Nardo passed it back to Craddock, who scored to put the Tar Heels up 4-1, a lead that would hold up through the rest of the half.

In the 49th minute of play, Craddock scored again, carrying the ball into the circle and firing a hard shot to make it 5-1. The Blue Hens answered less than a minute later. Following a save by UNC goalkeeper Sassi Ammer, Delaware's Toni Popinko grabbed the rebound and scored her seventh goal of the year.

The Tar Heels scored one more time, in the 55th minute. Di Nardo took a shot that was saved. After the rebound bounced back to her, she passed it across the cage to Malmberg, who tipped it in from the left side of the cage to make the score 6-2.

The Blue Hens finish their campaign at 17-5 with a school record for wins in a season. The game marked just the second time this season that Delaware has given up more than three goals.


Field hockey ends record-setting season in North Carolina

The No. 14 University of Delaware field hockey team held its own Saturday, Nov. 16, against No. 3 North Carolina in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Francis E. Henry Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., but a two-minute span deflated the Blue Hens in a 6-2 loss to bring a successful season to a close for UD.

Freshman Esmée Peet posted Delaware’s first goal of the game off of a penalty corner in the 13th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

The Tar Heels (17-5) quickly took a 4-1 lead within the next 7 minutes as Nina Notman collected one goal and teammate Charlotte Craddock tallied two goals over a two-minute span from 17:48 to 19:51.

UD (17-5) was able to regroup during halftime, but gave up Craddock’s third goal of the game in the 48th minute to go down, 5-1.

Less than a minute later, senior Toni Popinko registered her seventh goal of the year on a rebound after a save from classmate goalie Sarah Scher to pull the Hens within three at 5-2.

UNC’s Marta Malmberg gave the Heels the final four-tally lead at 6-2 in the 54th minute on a shot just left of the cage. With the win, North Carolina advances to face the winner of Wake Forest/Old Dominion on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Scher finished the game with six saves while UNC’s Sassi Ammer collected all three team saves in 51:56 minutes of play.

The Blue Hens complete a 2013 season where they were both Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament champions. Delaware also boasted the CAA Co-Coach of the Year in Rolf van de Kerkhof and Player and Rookie of the Year in Peet.

Head Coach Rolf van de Kerkhof said, “I’d like to congratulate Delaware field hockey on a great season, and it is the first of many to come. With that, we have to continue to build our foundation for a brighter future for our program. Today we had a great game against a top, respected program in North Carolina…. A sincere thank you to the seniors who have helped us be who we are today. I am excited for the returning players to continue to build from our learning and a joyful 2013 season."

University of Delaware media release

Dhyan Chand too deserved Bharat Ratna: Gurbux Singh

KOLKATA: With the government on Saturday announcing Bharat Ratna for cricket genius Sachin Tendulkar, former hockey great and Olympian Gurbux Singh said hockey wizard Dhyan Chand was more deserving.

"I congratulate Sachin for getting Bharat Ratna, but at the same time I feel Dhyan Chand should have been given the honour. If not earlier, the government should have given him alongside Sachin," Singh, an Olympic gold medalist, said.

Tendulkar and eminent scientist CNR Rao have been awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, the Prime Minister's Office announced on Saturday.

Tendulkar, who bid adieu to the game Saturday after playing his 200th Test match, became the first sportsperson to get the country's highest civilian honour.

The Times of India