News for 29 September 2013

All the news for Sunday 29 September 2013


Team USA Earns Silver Medal at 2013 Pan American Cup

MENDOZA, Argentina – During Team USA’s Pan American Cup journey in Mendoza, Argentina, the nineteen-member squad displayed monumental growth and determination throughout the tournament. The championship match was no different. Although Argentina secured the final win with a 1-0 victory in front of a boisterous home crowd, Team USA played with intensity for the full game.

“I think it has been a good week for us,” said U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, Craig Parnham.“Tonight’s game showed two teams playing some very nice hockey.”

"We have an ongoing rivalry with Argentina within international competition,” said U.S. Women's National Team member, Katie Reinprecht (Perkasie, Pa.). "The match wasn't any less intense than what we expected.”

From the umpire’s starting whistle, ball possession batted back and forth the entire length of the pitch. The U.S. and Argentina each earned equal scoring opportunities but both were unable to capitalize on any of them within the first half.

The second half of the match mirrored the first. Argentina was able to break the tie when they scored from the top of the circle past Alesha Widdall (Whitney Point, NY). As the final minutes counted down Argentina remained organized despite unyielding USA pressure.

“Argentina played well at times but we were able to put them under pressure throughout the match,” said Parnham. “I was disappointed not to be able to take an early opportunity in the match but overall I was pleased with the team’s performance tonight and throughout the tournament.”

The U.S. finished first in pool play of the Pan American Cup by defeating Mexico 6-0, Chile 5-1 and Uruguay 6-1 earning them a spot in the semi-final match versus Canada. Team USA played with energy and passion for the entire semi-final match earning the squad a 4-0 victory and a place in the final. For the fifth consecutive year, the U.S. met the host country, Argentina in the championship round. The U.S. made valiant efforts but the team was unable to convert scoring opportunities into goals. 

With an impressive Pan American tournament campaign, Team USA has earned a coveted spot into the 2014 World Cup held in The Hague, Netherlands.

The U.S. Women’s National Team will begin the rigorous 22 hours of travel back to the states tomorrow.  After a brief break from hockey, the athletes will continue their full-time training program at Spooky Nook Sports facility in Lancaster, Pa. The squad is eager to return to their new ‘home’ full-time at Spooky Nook.

"We haven't been able to have a definite training site over the past few months, so we are very excited to be able to call a place our own,” said Reinprecht. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to develop as a team in one centralized location."

USFHA media release



India hold Malaysia

by  Satwant Dhaliwal


Malaysia held India to a 3-3 in their last preliminary match at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium. But the result was of academic interest since they will play each other in Sunday's final.

Both the teams lacked urgency as they already qualified for Sunday's final, hence they did not go all out in the match, with Malaysia fielded several players who had not seen much action in earlier matches.

Still it was a great fightback from Malaysia who were 2-0 down at halftime to race to a 3-2 lead only to concede a goal in the final minute.

"We wanted to give ou fringe players a run out and prove their ability hence the decision not to play the full team in this match," said team manager Mirnawan Nawawi.

"The final will be a different proposition altogether as we will give it our best. We tried out some tactics today that we may use in the final.

"All  players are injury free and we are raring to go. Having won the 2011 edition, we obviously want to win the trophy and go to the Junior World Cup with confidence."

As for India, they are hoping to win the title after failing to do so against Germany in last years final which they lost 3-2.

"We were close last year and hope this time around we will be able to hoist the trophy. Read nothing into the performance today as both teams were going through their motions," said Indian team manager Baljit Singh Saini.

"It will be a close final as Malaysia are a very good side and will have the entire stadium cheering them on. We will plan the right tactics to overcome the,"

India took the lead in the 10th minute wjhen Satbir Sing slammed in a penalty corner rebound after the initial attempt by Amit Rohidass was palmed away into the path of Satbir by Malaysian keeper Mohd Hazrul Ahmad Sobri.

Malaysia were awarded a penalty corner in the 25th minute but failed to make a stop and the opportunity was wasted.

And after withstanding the Malaysian pressure, India struck for the second time in the 33rd minute as Ramandeep Singh drew out keeper Hazrul before sending the ball into the roof of the net.

Malaysia reduced the deficit in the 61st minute when Shahril Saabah converted a penalty corner, his seventh goal in the tournament, the same as Pakistan's Muhammad Dilber.

And three minutes later Rashid Baharom latched on to a through pass from Fitrii Saari to send a high flick into the top net with Harjot singh beaten at the near post.

Shahril scored for Malaysia in the 68th minute to make it 3-2 only for Yousof Affn to equalise in the final minute.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



Pakistan romp to a 4-1 win

by  Satwant Dhaliwal


Pakistan strolled to a comfortable 4-1 win over Argentina at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

And both the teams are to battle it again for the bronze medal on Sunday as Pakistan finished third in the standings with Argentina fourth.

“The scoreline is flattering but I think Argentina did not go all out and neither did we as we lay each other again to determine the bronze,” said Pakistan coach Manzoorul Hassan.

“We had set a podium finish target and god willing we hope to achieve it. It has been a valuable learning lesson for us and hopefully we continue to improve over the next few months.”

Pakistan took an early lead in the 6th minute when Ahmad Shakeel Butt converted a penalty corner.

And in the 14th minute Pakistan scored their second as Muhammad Dibler sent in a cross from the left that Muhammad Arslan Qadir tapped into goal with Argentina keeper Tomas Matias caught in no mans land.

Argentina were awarded four penalty corners in the 10th, 16th, 18th and 20th minute but not once did they force Pakistani keeper Amin Yusof into making a save.

Pakistan got their third in the 31st minute as Dilber’s reverse stick hit from the top of the semi circle had Tomas beaten all the way.

A minute later Dilber was on target again as he deflected a cross by Shakeel into goal for a 4-0 lead.

Argentina reduced the deficit in the 47th minute when Matias Eduardo converted a penalty corner.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



England fightback stuns Korea

by  Satwant Dhaliwal


England cameback from a three goal deficit to defeat Korea 4-3 in the final preliminary round match at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday to determine the 5th and 6th placing.

Korea raced to a 3-0 halftime lead thanks to goals from Seo In Woo ( 2nd minute), You Sung Yeob ( 18th minute) and You Min Young ( 25th minute).

England pulled one back in the 47th minute via Ross Gilham.

Luke Taylor converted a penalty corner in the 52nd minute to make it 3-2.

Andrew Sharp drew England level in the 68th minute and Arjan Singh Chana scored the winner a minute from time.

Official Sultan of Johor Cup site



A sizzler for sure

By Jugjet Singh



India goalkeeper Tirkey Sushant saves a shot from Malaysia’s Shahril Saabah in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium yesterday. Pic by Roslan Khamis

IT was purely an academic match to complete the fixtures, but still the stadium was packed to the brim when Malaysia played India in the Sultan of Johor Cup at the Taman Daya Stadium in Johor Baru yesterday.

The fans were rewarded for it was a thriller as Malaysia came from two goals down to take the lead at 3-2, but in the end, the teams shared the spoils at 3-3.

India and Malaysia finished the group stage unbeaten and it looks like the final today is going to be a sizzler, with very little separating both the sides.

The Malaysian hero was Shahril Saabah who scored in the 62nd and 67th minutes to take his tournament tally to eight. The other goal was scored by Rashid Baharom in the 63rd minute.

India's goals were scored by Satbir Singh (10th), Ramandeep Singh (33rd) and Yousuf Affan (69th).

Malaysian coach K. Dharmaraj fielded his second goalkeeper Hazrul Faiz and Malaysia played at low gear for 60 minutes before showing their true form in the last 10 minutes.

The coach even benched himself, to give his assistants the feel of handling a match without his presence.

"It was a good avenue to rest some of the key players and allow others more playing time in preparation for the final. The score does not matter, as I now have a better understanding of the Indian side for the final push.

"We are the underdogs, but my players are not afraid of India, and will play for the title and that is an assurance to all the fans who have been supporting the team," said Dharmaraj.

India coach Clark Gregg summed up Malaysia: "They have fast players who can overturn any match if the opponents go into sleep mode, and I believe they have a side that can challenge for the top-eight positions in the World Cup."

New Straits Times



India draw 3-3 with Malaysia in Sultan of Johor Cup

JOHOR BAHRU (Malaysia): India wasted a two-goal advantage to draw 3-3 against hosts Malaysia in their last inconsequential round-robin match of The Sultan of Johor Cup Under-21 hockey tournament, on Saturday.

With this match, India finished on top of the standings but the result of the tie was merely of academic interest as both India and Malaysia have already qualified for Sunday's summit clash ahead of Saturday's game.

Both India and Malaysia finished with 13 points and were unbeaten in the round robin stages but the Indians managed the top position on account of a better goal difference.

With their final spots already sealed, both the teams lacked urgency and did not go all out in the match.

The Indians dominated the early exchanges and took the lead in the 10th minute when Satbir Sing slammed in from a rebound after Amit Rohidass' initial attempt from a penalty corner was blocked by Malaysian goalkeeper Mohd Hazrul Ahmad Sobri.

Malaysia earned a penalty corner in the 25th minute but wasted the opportunity as they failed to stop the push.

India doubled their lead in the 33rd minute through Ramandeep Singh who scored from an acute angle from the right to notch up his sixth goal in the tournament.

India, however, did not look impressive at the change of ends as they seemed contended with the two goal lead.

Malaysia were the better side on display in the second half as they created more scoring opportunities but goals eluded them till the last 10 minutes of the game.

Malaysia changed the complexion of the match in the last 10 minutes by pumping in three goals to make a stunning comeback.

Malaysia reduced the deficit in the 61st minute when Shahril Saabah converted a penalty corner. Three minutes later Rashid Baharom latched on to a through pass from skipper Fitrii Saari to send a high flick into the top net past Indian custodian Harjot Singh.

Shahril scored his second goal of the day in the 68th minute converting another penalty corner to make it 3-2 in favour of the hosts.

Vice-captain Affan Yousof turned out to be the saviour for his side by scoring a brilliant field goal in the final minute of the match to equalise for India.

The Times of India



Pakistan rout Argentina 4-1 with Dilber’s brace

KARACHI: Mohammad Dilber scored a first-half brace as the Pakistan U21 hockey team stormed to a 4-1 win over their Argentine counterparts in the third Sultan of Johor Cup being held in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

However, both teams will clash again for a third-place play-off as Pakistan finished third with nine points from their five matches while Argentina ended in fourth place with just four points to their credit.

It was Pakistan who drew first blood courtesy of a successful conversion by Ahmed Shakeel Butt from a penalty corner in the sixth minute of the match.

The greenshirts continued with their efforts to attack and score as Dilber sent in a cross from the left which was converted into a goal by Arslan Qadir in the 14th minute, leaving Argentina goalkeeper Tomas Matias caught in no man’s land.

On the other hand, Argentina had their own share of chances including four penalty corners in a space of 10 minutes, but they failed to make them count.

The missed opportunities cost Argentina dearly as Pakistan once again struck on the half-hour mark when Dilber scored through a reverse flick. And just a minute later, he was again on the scoring sheet. Argentina did pull however pull one back on their opposition in the 47th minute as a consolation.

“The scoreline is flattering but I think Argentina did not go all out and neither did we,” said Pakistan coach Manzoorul Hassan. “We had set a podium finish target and hopefully we will achieve it. It’s been a valuable learning lesson for us and hopefully we will continue to improve.”

The Express Tribune



'Ayam' wants to score in Sultan of Johor final

By AFTAR SINGH



Mohd Syamim Yusof is no chicken on the field. He has already scored two goals in five matches at the Sultan of Johor Cup and intends to score more in the final on Sunday.

JOHOR BARU: National junior hockey forward Mohd Syamim Yusof’s nickname is “ayam” (chicken).

This is because he used to help out in his family business selling chicken at the Taiping market a few years ago.

Do not be fooled though. Syamim is far from a chicken when he’s on the hockey pitch.

The 20-year-old lanky Syamim is a skilful player who has his own style when it comes to scoring goals.

He does not jump for joy but stays calm and cool, despite having scored two goals in five matches in the Sultan of Johor Cup.

His main challenge now is to score against India in the final on Sunday.

Syamim said he does not mind his team-mates calling him “ayam”.

“I liked helping my parents in the market as it taught me the hardships of life. It also helped me become a better person and a good hockey player,” said Syamim.

“Although I have scored two goals in the tournament, I am still not pleased.

“I want to help Malaysia win the Sultan of Johor Cup and hope to put my name on the score sheet in the final,” added Syamim, who is playing for the third consecutive time in the tournament.

The Star of Malaysia



Ward brace helps Beeston to NOW: Pensions victory


Sam Ward Beeston East Grinstead

CHAMPIONS Beeston ran out 3-1 winners over East Grinstead to depose the Sussex side at the top of the Premier Division table in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League.

In-form Sam Ward (pictured) bagged another two goals for Beeston in the win, after Richard Lawrence had given them the lead from a penalty corner on 19 minutes.

Ward scored on 43 and 57 minutes – both from open play – before East Grinstead’s Ashley Jackson scored a consolation goal from a corner in the final minute.

Canterbury scored their first win of the season, beating Loughborough Students 4-1.

After Liam Foster’s early goal, Mickel Pierre scored twice, while Isaac O’Connor was also on target.

Reading notched their second win from three games as they beat Cannock 5-2, with all the goals coming in the first half before both sides defended strongly for the rest of the match.

Sheffield Hallam lost 2-0 to Hampstead and Westminster with the South Yorkshire side still adapting to life in the top flight. Richard Bond and Neil Hamilton scored the winning goals.

In the NOW: Pensions Conference West, Cardiff and Met are the only side still unbeaten after they won 5-0 at Team Bath Buccaneers. Mark Whatling scored two in the victory.

Chris Seddon hit four goals for Teddington as they beat St Albans 10-0 in the NOW: Pensions Conference East to secure their first league win of the season.

And in the NOW: Pensions Conference North, Bowdon and University of Durham both kept their 100 per cent records. University of Durham beat Brooklands 2-1, while Bowdon defeated West Bridgford 4-2.

NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (September 28 2013):

NOW: Pensions Premier Division:
Canterbury 4, Loughborough Students 1; East Grinstead 1, Beeston 3; Reading 5, Cannock 2; Sheffield Hallam 0, Hampstead and Westminster 2; Surbiton 2, Wimbledon 2.

NOW: Pensions Conference East: Bromley and Beckenham 2, Oxted 3; Holcombe 4, Brighton and Hove 1; Richmond 4, Old Loughtonians 4; Southgate 2, Cambridge City 0; St Albans 0, Teddington 10.

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

NOW: Pensions Conference West: Fareham 1, Havant 1; Indian Gymkhana 4, Isca 3; Team Bath Buccaneers 0, Cardiff & Met 5; University of Birmingham 2, Guildford 0; University of Exeter 1, Cheltenham 2.

England Hockey Board Media release



Baker's goal helps Canterbury go top


Canterbury celebrate a goal 2012-13

CANTERBURY are the only team with a 100 per cent record in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division after they edged to a 1-0 win over rivals Bowdon Hightown on Saturday.

Anna Baker’s goal three minutes from time proved to be decisive for the Kent side, whose defence has only leaked one goal in their last four matches.

Elsewhere, Surbiton moved up to second after recording a 12-1 win over strugglers Olton and West Warwickshire. Jenna Woolven led the scoring for Surbiton with a hat-trick.

Clifton are also unbeaten after a 3-2 win at University of Birmingham. Helena Faust and Laura Bridge put Clifton two goals up within 11 minutes but Ashley Caddick soon hit back for the home side.

Holly Payne equalised for Birmingham seven minutes after the break, but an Els Mansell strike eight minutes from time wrapped up the points for Clifton.

Reading secured a 3-0 victory over Beeston with Helen Richardson scoring twice and Susie Gilbert adding the other.

Leicester picked up a 2-1 win over Sutton Coldfield with Lily Elliot and Hannah Macleod on target for the away side.

In the Investec Conference West, Samantha Sandham’s goal after five minutes put Buckingham on their way to their third win of the season as they faced Trojans.

Sandham went on to add a second after 32 minutes. Sally Gibson scored Trojans’ goal four minutes later, but Jo Ellis notched the third with five minutes left.

Wakefield have the narrowest lead at the top of the Investec Conference North, with only a greater number of goals scored putting them above University of Birmingham. Their latest triumph came as goals from Cat Horn and Gwen Smith saw them beat Loughborough Students 2-1.

Meanwhile, University of Durham won 2-1 at Whitley Bay and Tynemouth with Natasha Nichols and Laura Bevan scoring their goals.

Holcombe are top of the Investec Conference East after blasting seven goals past Ipswich on Saturday. Shelley Russell and Steph Elliott both scored twice in the victory, which leaves Holcombe as the only side in the Division with a 100 per cent record.

Investec Women’s Hockey League (September 28 2013):

Investec Premier Division: Beeston 0, Reading 3; Bowdon 0, Canterbury 1; Surbiton 12, Olton & West Warwicks 1; Sutton Coldfield 1, Leicester 2; University of Birmingham 2, Clifton 3.

Investec Conference East: East Grinstead 1, Sevenoaks 2; Harleston Magpies 2, Wimbledon 0; Holcombe 7, Ipswich 0; Old Loughtonians 2, Chelmsford 0; St Albans 2, Horsham 0.

Investec Conference North: Brooklands Poynton 4, Boots 1; Kendal 3, Ben Rhydding 3; Loughborough Students 1, Wakefield 2; Stourport 5, Doncaster 0; Whitley Bay and Tynemouth 1, University of Durham 2.

Investec Conference West: Buckingham 3, Trojans 1; Exe 1, Oxford Hawks 2; Gloucester City 1, Bristol Firebrands 4; Slough 2, Barnes 1; Swansea City 1, Isca 0.

England Hockey Board Media release



Hahnefeldt, Manley, Russell all score in the Orange’s win


Lauren Hahnefeldt scored a goal in Syracuse's 3-1 win against Stanford. Syracuse Athletics

No. 3 Connecticut 7, Villanova 3

STORRS, Conn. – Senior forward Marie Elena Bolles scored two goals and dished out two assists while freshman midfielder Olivia Bolles also registered a pair of assists to lead Connecticut past Villanova 7-3 on Saturday afternoon at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs.

With the win, UConn improves to 8-0 on the season and 2-0 in Big East play. The Wildcats slip to 2-6 overall, 0-2 in the loop. UConn is now 25-6 all-time against Villanova and the Huskies improve to 77-6 at home since the start of the 2006 season.

Villanova jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Maddy Harding capitalized one of the Wildcats’ two penalty corner opportunities at the 14:42 mark. Harding’s goal marked the first time this season UConn trailed.

However, the Villanova lead was short lived as Marie Elena Bolles scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season at 27:24 and 30:32. The first came off one of UConn’s 12 penalty corner opportunities after sophomore back Roisin Upton hit a drag flick from the top of the circle, which Bolles redirected past Alex Diekmann and into the back of the net.

What turned out to be the game-winner came off a cross from the younger Bolles after she got ahead of the Wildcat defense on a fast break.

The elder Bolles then created the Huskies’ next goal with a dish to sophomore forward Chloe Hunnable deep in the circle, which she tipped into the goal for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.

Upton would net her fourth goal of the season on a penalty stroke early in the second half to give the Huskies some more insurance.

The second half was highlighted by the first career goals for Shannon Creghan at 49:35 and Darby Smith at 52:25.

No. 5 Syracuse 3, No. 6 Stanford 1

ALBANY, N.Y. – Laura Hahnefeldt, Alyssa Manley and Emma Russell scored a goal each to lead Syracuse (8-1) to a 3-0 victory versus Stanford (6-2) on Saturday afternoon at Albany’s Alumni Field.

The Orange’s three goals mark the most allowed this season by the Cardinal, which came into the game with the NCAA’s top-ranked defense and four consecutive shutouts. Syracuse’s attacking penalty corner unit remained sharp, scoring two of the team’s three goals, while the Orange enjoyed a 10-8 shot advantage and Stanford held the edge in penalty corners, 6-4.

Sophomore Jess Jecko made two saves to earn her eighth win of the season, while Stanford’s Dulcie Davies made six saves.

Hahnefeldt started the scoring in the 19th minute when she converted on a penalty corner, scoring her first of the season on assists by Jordan Page and Russell. Manley sent the Orange into halftime with a 2-0 lead, scoring her sixth goal of the season with 1:25 left, knocking in the rebound off a Davies save of the initial shot by Leonie Geyer.

Syracuse maintained its 2-0 lead through most of the second half until Alex McCawley scored on a penalty corner for Stanford, drawing the Cardinal within one at 2-1 with 10:17 remaining.

Russell put the game out of doubt with 5:49 left, scoring on a nice spin move following a pass through the circle from Lauren Brooks, making it 3-1. The goal was the sophomore’s sixth of the season.

No. 8 Penn State 2, Miami (Ohio) 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State claimed a tough 2-1 win against Miami (Ohio) in the team’s first neutral site match of the season. After a tough 1-3 start to the year, the Lions have now reeled off five consecutive wins to move to three games better than .500 for the first time this season.

After trailing 1-0 early, PSU’s Ashtin Klingler leveled the match in the 33rd minute and then Brittany Grzywacz scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute off a penalty stroke to seal the Blue and White’s sixth win of the season.

Grzywacz and Klingler have now each scored in the same match on four occasions this season, with PSU winning all four contests. Grzywacz’s game-winning goal was her fifth of the year, which leads the team and Big Ten.

The victory pushes Penn State’s record to 6-3 on the season and extends its winning streak to five consecutive matches. The Lions outshot Miami by a total of 16-7, marking the eighth out of nine matches the Blue and White have recorded more shots than its opponent.

NCAA



Duke outlasts top-ranked North Carolina in penalty strokes to open ACC season


Duke handed North Carolina its first regular-season ACC loss in three years. Duke Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Duke toppled undefeated and top-ranked North Carolina in an overtime shootout on Friday evening to kick off ACC play in dramatic fashion.

The 13th-ranked Blue Devils rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first half and outlasted North Carolina 5-4 in the shootout to earn the 3-2 victory after nearly two and a half hours of play at the Tar Heels’ Francis E. Henry Stadium. Senior forward Emmie Le Marchand tied the game with just more than a minute remaining in regulation and redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing turned in an outstanding performance in the cage, posting a career-high 22 saves and coming up with a critical stop on the Tar Heels’ fourth shootout attempt to propel the squad to its first win against its conference rival since 2006. Duke also handed North Carolina its first regular season ACC loss in three years.

“I was so proud of the way they played the game tonight,” head coach Pam Bustin said. “For us, it was just a matter of keeping possession and keeping our composure and going for the attack when we had a chance… They dug deep physically too.”

Both sides came out firing in the first overtime period, with graduate student Cherry Seaborn nearly scoring on a reverse tip with just under five minutes to go. Blazing tallied three saves and the Tar Heels’ Sassi Ammer recorded one but the score would remain locked at 2-2 at the end of the 15-minute period to force a second overtime.

Despite playing a man down for much of the second overtime, Blazing and the Blue Devil defense weathered seven shots by North Carolina and a pair of penalty corners after time expired to send the game to a shootout.

In the shootout, both teams scored on their first three attempts, with Le Marchand, junior Abby Beltrani and freshman Heather Morris successfully converting for Duke. Blazing was able to stop the Tar Heels’ Rachel Magerman on the fourth attempt, and Seaborn and senior Paula Heimbach finished off the shootout with goals to claim the victory for the Blue Devils.

“North Carolina and Duke have a lot of history,” Blazing said. “They’re a great team, so coming out and playing that way and winning against them was just unreal.”

The Duke defense was solid through the first couple of North Carolina scoring threats to start the match, but surrendered a penalty stroke to the Tar Heels’ Marta Malmberg at the 26:40 mark. The home squad continued to press the ball into its offensive third during the next several possessions, keeping the Blue Devils’ back line busy. Blazing responded with seven saves in the first 27 minutes of action before North Carolina’s Samantha Travers converted on a penalty corner opportunity to give the Tar Heels a 2-0 advantage.

“In the beginning of the game, we were just a little too tight on things and we made errors,” Bustin said. “Fortunately it was early in the game so they had time to back on track and make a few corrections. We started clicking in the last 10 minutes of the first half and we just kept getting better.”

Redshirt senior Devon Gagliardi swung momentum to Duke just a short time later, tapping in a feed from junior forward Jessica Buttinger in the 32nd minute to cut the deficit to one goal. The score was Gagliardi’s second in as many games while Buttinger picked up her second assist of the fall.

The Blue Devils earned their first penalty corner opportunity just before the horn and had a good look at the cage, but went into the intermission trailing 2-1.

The two teams traded penalty corner opportunities in the second period with Duke bringing increased pressure offensively. Le Marchand’s tally with 1:15 remaining on a misplay by Ammer sent the game into overtime.

North Carolina outshot Duke 37-12 for the contest and held a 10-6 edge in penalty corners.

With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 7-2 overall and began ACC play 1-0. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels dropped to 8-1 and 1-1 in conference action.

NCAA



Field hockey complete a successful Friday for the Terps

Field hockey remains undefeated edging ninth ranked Boston College 3-2 in Chestnut Hill

By Todd Carton


The Maryland Terrapins field hockey team held off a strong challenge from the ninth ranked Boston College Eagles. Playing their second game without All-ACC forward Jill Witmer, who joined the U.S. National Team in Argentina last Saturday, the Terps came from behind twice to defeat the Eagles 3-2 and maintain their perfect 9-0 (2-0 ACC) record.

The Terps had early opportunities with penalty corners in the third fifth and sixth minutes but BC's goaltender and defense were up to the task each time. The home team broke the ice in the eighth minute on a give and go off a breakaway. Maryland came right back peppering BC goalkeeper Leah Settipane with three shots in the next two and a half minutes missing an opportunity when freshman Mieke Hayn couldn't get a rebound on Anna Dessoye's shot past the hot goalie. However, the pressure led to a Maryland corner and the Terps capitalized with Sarah Sprink scoring off a pass from Ali McEvoy. Maryland had one more opportunity on another penalty corner in the eighteenth minute but Sprink had her shot blocked. The teams went to the locker room tied at one.

The Eagles opened the second half earning their first penalty corner of the match in the thirty seventh minute and they used it to recapture the lead scoring on a direct shot. Both teams struggled to find opportunities over the next thirteen minutes as the officials broke out the penalty cards with the home team issued five minute yellow cards in the forty-eighth and fiftieth minutes and the Terps Ali McEvoy picking up a two minute green card early in the fifty first minute. Still holding a player advantage, the Terrapins continued to attack and Spink converted Maryland's sixth penalty corner into their second goal once again knotting the score at two. Still holding a player advantage, the Terps capitalized quickly scoring again less than a minute later when Hayley Turner scored after receiving a long hit in the circle.

The 3-2 lead was never comfortable for Maryland as BC turned up the pressure and nearly scored the equalizer on a penalty corner in the fifty-eighth minute. Fortunately for the Terps, the direct shot hit the post and the defense cleared. With just under eight minutes to play Maryland picked up a five minute yellow card making their one goal margin even more precarious. BC pulled their goalie two minutes later for a two player advantage. They had a final chance to tie the score drawing a penalty corner with just under two minutes to play but Maryland goalkeeper Natalie Hunter made a kick save to preserve the win. The road gets no easier for Maryland as they travel across the state to take on seventh ranked UMass on Sunday.

The Testudo Times