News for 28 October 2013

All the news for Monday 28 October 2013


McAleese gets Black Sticks green light

MURRAY HILLS



READY TO PLAY: Shae McAleese shoots for goal against Belgium in the preliminary rounds at the 2012 London Olympics. LAWRENCE SMITH/Fairfax NZ

Shae McAleese was a relieved man on Saturday.

After flying halfway around the world to play for the Black Sticks, the 29-year-old midfielder had to undergo a fitness test before being confirmed in the Kiwi squad for this week's Oceania Cup hockey tournament in Stratford.

"I'm pretty happy, it's a big relief. We had an intersquad match and I had to play to prove my fitness," he said from Auckland where the Black Sticks have been in camp for a week at the Millennium Institute of Sport.

"I took a few painkillers and got through the match fine. I've been given the all-clear and I'm looking forward to the week in Stratford."

McAleese, who has played 181 games for his country since making his debut in 2005, injured his thumb playing for his Dutch club HGC the day before he flew back to New Zealand.

"I got a ball on my left thumb and I've had it X-rayed. I've three fractures on the inside of it.

"There's a risk on me playing, but I'm happy to take that," he said.

"I broke my left finger in 2005 and hadn't had any major injuries until three months ago when I broke a toe ... now this."

McAleese said playing in the midfield with a thumb injury wasn't too bad.

"I don't have to hit the ball hard like the guys at the back or the strikers. I'm getting smaller passes and delivering smaller passes. It doesn't jar as much."

McAleese plays at the same club as Black Sticks stalwart Phil Burrows.

"I'm in the same situation as Phil of having to pay my flight home to play for the Black Sticks.

"It's part and parcel of what we do. We do it because we love the game and want to play for our country. It is what it is," he said.

"Phil's the oldest in the team at 33, I'm the third oldest with Dean Couzins, the captain, in between at 32. We've all got that desire to play, it's still burning bright. Playing overseas helps. We can stay semi-professional and get to the gym four times a week, train hard and play hockey in the best league in the world."

McAleese said the Oceania Cup tournament was very important.

"In theory, there's four teams. But realistically, it's between Australia and us. If we can topple them, we can improve our rating. We're ranked fifth in the world at the moment and could jump to three or four if we beat the Aussies, who are ranked second."

McAleese said beating the Australians wouldn't be easy.

"They're always tough and I'm expecting a real challenge."

He's also happy the tournament is being played in Stratford.

"I'm a Central Hockey boy coming from Napier. I was in Stratford four months ago doing a coaching clinic. I've been there plenty of times and on a nice day, it's very picturesque with the mountain. It can be cold, but I'm used to the cold playing in Holland and I'm sure Stratford will be a good home crowd for us."

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Daily Summary: St Germain & Reading complete KO16 line-up


Image Copyright: Euro Hockey League / Frank Uijlenbroek

The third and final day of the Euro Hockey League’s Round 1.2 event in Lille saw French champions St Germain HC and Reading HC of England claim the two remaining places in the EHL knock-out stages.

St Germain’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Racing Club de Bruxelles proved to be enough for them to reach the last 16, while Great Britain Olympian Richard Mantell scored twice for Reading to deny Round 1.2 hosts Lille MHC a place at Easter’s spectacular KO16 event.

Elsewhere, Belgium’s Waterloo Ducks and Kampong of the Netherlands continued their fine form with outstanding wins over German giants Uhlenhorst Mülheim and Rot-Weiss Köln respectively.

Here is a quick summary of the action from Lille. 

Pool C - Mighty Ducks defeat Mülheim to top pool

Belgium’s Waterloo Ducks emerged as 3-1 winners against Germany’s Uhlenhorst Mülheim to seal their place at the top of Pool C in an enthralling first match of the day.

Goals from Alex de Saedeleer, Gauthier Boccard and John-John Dohmen gave WatDucks what proved to be an unassailable lead, although Tobias Matania’s 60th minute penalty corner ensured that the final ten minutes of the match were be fiercely contested.

The result means that Waterloo Ducks finish at the summit of Pool C ahead of their opponents from Germany, ensuring that they will avoid the other pool winners in the KO16 draw.

Pool B - Superb Kampong out-gun Rot-Weiss
Round 1.2 Lille proved to be an EHL debut tournament to remember for Kampong of the Netherlands, who produced their second outstanding performance of the weekend to out-gun German champions Rot-Weiss Köln 4-2.

Goals from Quirijn Caspers, Roderick Weusthof, Laurence Docherty and the outstanding Robbert Kemperman gave the team from Utrecht a 4-0 advantage before Henning Hütterman and Jan-Marco Montag netted consolation goals in the fourth quarter.

The win – which followed Saturday’s record breaking 14-0 triumph over SC Stroitel Brest of Belarus – confirmed Kampong’s place at the top of Pool B, forcing Rot-Weiss into second place.

Pool H - St Germain reach KO16 despite Racing defeat
Belgium’s Racing Club de Bruxelles made it two wins from their two matches at Round 1.2 Lille with a deserved 3-1 triumph over St Germain of France, confirming their position as the winners of Pool H. Cedric Charlier, Scott Tupper and Anthony Versluys were on target for the Belgians, who claimed a maximum ten points from their two matches over the weekend.

However, the Parisians were also celebrating the sound of the full time hooter as the result was enough to edge them ahead of Pool H rivals Dinamo Elektrostal, ensuring that they would join Racing at Easter’s KO16 event.

Pool A – Reading’s Mantell breaks Lille hearts
The final match of Round 1.2 saw England’s Reading HC battle their way to a 3-0 win over tournament hosts Lille MHC to reach the knock-out stages for a remarkable seventh successive season.

England and Great Britain defender Richard Mantell scored two cracking penalty corner drag-flicks in the contest, with fellow international Tom Carson helping to break the hearts of the home favourites with a late field goal.

Lille produced a valiant display and were certainly not outclassed by the 2003 European champions, but Reading were deserving winners of the contest and will be greatly looking forward to spending yet another Easter fighting it out in the world’s finest club competition.

The completion of the tournament in Lille means that we now know all 16 teams that will fight it out in the knock-out stages of the competition.

The teams involved will be H.C. Rotterdam (NED), Reading HC (ENG), Kampong (NED), Rot-Weiss Köln (GER), Waterloo Ducks (BEL), Uhlenhorst Mülheim (GER), Harvestehuder THC (GER), Beeston HC (ENG), Real Club de Polo de Barcelona (ESP), Surbiton HC (ENG), Club de Campo de Madrid (ESP), KHC Dragons (BEL), Oranje Zwart (NED), WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL), RC Bruxelles (BEL) and St Germain HC (FRA).

Full details of the knock-out phase of the competition will be announced in the coming days. More information about the Euro Hockey League can be found on the official tournament website: www.ehlhockey.tv .

Euro Hockey League media release



Reading’s Mantell breaks Lille hearts

The final match of Round 1.2 saw England’s Reading HC battle their way to a 3-0 win over tournament hosts Lille MHC to reach the knock-out stages for a remarkable seventh successive season.

England and Great Britain defender Richard Mantell scored two cracking penalty corner drag-flicks in the contest, with fellow international Tom Carson helping to break the hearts of the home favourites with a late field goal.

Lille produced a valiant display and were certainly not outclassed by the 2003 European champions, but Reading were deserving winners of the contest and will be greatly looking forward to spending yet another Easter fighting it out in the world’s finest club competition.

This winner-takes-all contest was watched by a big crowd, with the locals coming out in force to show their support for the home side. Reading's famous Blue Army also had a considerable presence, and it was they who went away from the venue smiling after a composed and professional display from their team.

Reading opened the scoring towards the end of tense first period when Richard Mantell sent a low penalty corner drag-flick under he body of Lille keeper Matthias Dierckens.

The giant Reading defender almost scored again early in the second period when another penalty corner effort found its way past Dierckens only for a Lille defender to make a miraculous clearance off the goal line.

Reading's second goal arrived shortly after half time. Mantell was again the scorer, sending a ferocious penalty corner flick just inside the left post before Reading keeper James Bailey made a fine save from a Gaspard Clin slap-shot.

The famous English outfit sealed victory when they took advantage of a Lille side that was pressing dangerously high in search of a goal, with Jonty Clarke and Tom Carson bursting through on goal with the former setting up the latter for a simple tap-in. The score-line was perhaps a little harsh on a Lille team that had performed admirably this weekend, but the Reading performance certainly merited the win.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



St Germain reach KO16 despite Racing defeat

Belgium’s Racing Club de Bruxelles made it two wins from their two matches at Round 1.2 Lille with a deserved 3-1 triumph over St Germain of France, confirming their position as the winners of Pool H.

However, the Parisians were also celebrating as the full time hooter sounded as the result was enough to edge them ahead of Pool H rivals Dinamo Elektrostal, ensuring that they would join Racing at Easter’s KO16 event.

St Germain came into the match knowing that a defeat by less than three goals would be enough to send them through to KO16. However, that dream was in danger of being blown out of the water when the Racing Rats surged into a 2-0 lead inside the opening five minutes of the match.

Cedric Charlier got the ball rolling with a beautiful reverse stick shot which seemed to catch St Germain keeper Julian Thamin completely by surprise before Scott Tupper netted a low penalty corner drag-flick to double the advantage.

Despite the early deficit, St Germain kept their heads and set about the task of pulling themselves back into the contest. They reduced the deficit in the ninth minute thanks to a well taken penalty corner flick from Hugo Genestet, a strike which served to calm the nerves of the French champions.

Racing arguably had the better of the second and third periods, so it was no surprise when Antony Versluys gave the Belgians a 3-1 lead ahead of a tense final quarter.

However, St Germain produced a fine defensive display to deny their opponents any further goals, sealing their place at Easter’s KO16 event.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Superb Kampong out-gun Rot-Weiss

Round 1.2 Lille proved to be a debut EHL tournament to remember for Kampong of the Netherlands, who produced their second outstanding performance of the weekend to out-gun German champions Rot-Weiss Köln 4-2.

Goals from Quirijn Caspers, Roderick Weusthof, Laurence Docherty and the outstanding Robbert Kemperman gave the team from Utrecht a 4-0 advantage before Henning Hütterman and Jan-Marco Montag netted consolation goals in the fourth quarter.

The win – which followed yesterday’s record breaking 14-0 triumph over SC Stroitel Brest of Belarus – confirmed Kampong’s place at the top of Pool B, forcing Rot-Weiss into second.

Kampong were deserving winners over a team that finished fourth in last season’s Euro Hockey League, stamping their authority by netting the opening goal in the first minute of the contest. Quirijn Caspers was the scorer, touching home from close range after former Netherlands star Roderick Weusthof saw his initial effort blocked by Köln keeper Victor Aly. 

There were chances at either end of the field in the second period, although it was Kampong who increased their lead when Weusthof arrowed a penalty corner drag-flick inside the left post before Irish international goalkeeper David Harte produced a brilliant triple save to deny Köln a goal from a penalty corner. 

Kampong took the score to 4-0 with two goals in the third quarter, effectively ending any hopes of a Köln come-back. Former Netherlands pair Weusthof and Lawrence Docherty combined well for the latter to score from close range, with Robbert Kemperman adding polish to a remarkable individual performance by slapping home his team’s fourth.

A scrappy penalty corner goal from Henning Hütterman gave Rot-Weiss a glimmer of hope before Jan-Marco Montag added a second with a beautifully taken set-piece drag-flick, but Kampong never looked likely to squander their advantage.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



Mighty Ducks defeat Mülheim to top Pool C

Belgium’s Waterloo Ducks emerged as 3-1 winners against Germany’s Uhlenhorst Mülheim to seal their place at the top of Pool C in an enthralling opening match of Day 3 in Lille.

Goals from Alex de Saedeleer, Gauthier Boccard and John-John Dohmen gave WatDucks what proved to be an unassailable lead, although Tobias Matania’s 60th minute penalty corner ensured that the final ten minutes of the match would be fiercely contested.

The result means that Waterloo Ducks finish at the summit of Pool C ahead of their opponents from Germany, ensuring that they will avoid the other pool winners in the draw for the second round.

Mülheim started the early morning match in lively fashion and seemed the team most likely to score the opening goal, but it was the Belgians who netted first when Alex de Saedeleer slammed the first penalty corner of the game into the bottom left corner with a powerful drag-flick.

Germany international striker Thilo Stralkowski came close to restoring parity in the second period with a penalty corner drag-flick of his own, but first runner Alex de Paeuw – who was outstanding throughout the contest – charged down the effort before WatDucks cleared their lines.

WatDucks scored their second and third goals in the third period of the match, with Gauthier Boccard crashing home a blistering backhand shot after a slick counter attack before John-John Dohmen scored from close range with an improvised effort.

A penalty corner drag-flick from Tobias Matania gave Mülheim hope ten minutes from time, but excellent defensive work from Waterloo snuffed out any possibility of a come-back.

To see the official match sheet, please click here.

Euro Hockey League media release



IOC edge AI for Bombay Gold Cup

MUMBAI A star-studded Indian Oil Corporation showed great resilience and fighting spirit to bounce back thrice and put it across formidable Air India 5-3 to lift the 48th Bombay Gold Cup, on Sunday.

In a well-matched final in which both teams fought tooth and nail, it was current international S V Sunil who struck two field goals in four minutes when the teams were level at 3-all late in the second half to swing the match in IOC's favour.

Arman Qureshi put AI 1-0 up in the 23rd minute which was neutralised by India full back V Raghunath, who converted a penalty corner in the 26th.

Prabodh Tirkey sounded the board off a penalty corner to put AI 2-1 ahead in the 33rd minute only to see IOC bounce back again when the ebullient and opportunistic former international Deepak Thakur found the mark in the last minute of the first half and the teams adjourned for the break deadlocked 2-2.

AI again raised visions of victory when India discard Shivendra Singh got into the goal scoring act in the 41st but another ex-international Prabjot Singh came to his side's rescue two minutes later to make it 3-all. Then came the twin strike within a short period of time by the highly impressive Sunil to swing the game IOC's way.

Sunil was duly named the man of the tournament and received a cheque for Rs 5000 from newly appointed chief national coach Terry Walsh at the end of the tournament.

The Times of India



Defence let us down: Dhanraj Pillay

Sudheendra Tripathi


MUMBAI: The final of the 48th edition of the Bombay Gold Cup was a clash of heavyweights. A star-studded Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) was pitted against Dhanraj Pillay's talented Air India at Churchgate's Mahindra Stadium on Sunday. And despite taking the lead thrice in the match, Air India not only squandered the advantage, they went down 3-5 against IOCL in the end.

Air India took the lead through Arman Qureshi, who was beautifully set up by Olympian Sameer Dad in the 23rd minute. But just three minutes later, Air India conceded their second short corner and Raghunath, IOCL's, drag-flick specialist, drew parity after his first attempt was booted away by Air India custodian Adrian D'Souza. Just before going into the breather, Air India once again took the lead, this time through a meek Prabodh Tirkey short corner conversion. But within two minutes, IOCL striker Deepak Thakur scored an exciting goal. The teams went into the breather level at 2-2.

Air India took the lead after the break through Shivendra Singh. But just two minutes later, IOCL drew level yet again through Prabhjot Singh. But the turning point of the match came about when India star SV Sunil and his partner at IOCL Dharamveer Singh combined lethally on the right flank. Inside eight minutes, Sunil struck twice to take the match away from Air India's grasp.

"It was an exciting match. Our forwards played really well, but the defence let us down," Air India coach and Olympian Dhanraj Pillay said after the match.

Sunil, who was later adjudged best player by the Sports Journalists Association of Mumbai (SJAM) and was given a cash incentive of Rs 5,000, felt that some of the strategies that were discussed at half time were implemented successfully. "We started using the flanks a lot. Me and Dharamveer have a good understanding and we used it to good effect. The other plan was to keep feeding Deepak (Thakur) and Prabhjot (Singh). So when we were attacking, it was me, Dharamveer, Deepak and Prabhjot up front. We disturbed their defence a fair deal," Sunil said.

The Times of India



13 juniors part of India squad for Asian Champions Trophy


The move to rest seniors like Sardar, Sreejesh and Raghunath is to help the juniors prepare for the Junior World Cup in December. (Getty Images)

New Delhi: With focus firmly on the FIH Junior Men's World Cup in Delhi, Hockey India (HI) on Monday included as many 13 players from the Sultan of Johor Cup-winning junior squad to be part of the 18-man touring party announced for the third Asian Champions Trophy (ACT) in Kakamigahara, Japan.

Manpreet, who captained the junior team during the Johor Cup, has been given the honours to lead the senior team that will be without regulars Sardar Singh, VR Raghunath, PR Sreejesh and Rupinderpal Singh, who have been rested to allow juniors a chance to prepare for the mega event in Delhi. Kothajit Singh has been named Manpreet's deputy.

Defender Gurjinder Singh will also mark his international return after a long hand-injury layoff. However, Affan Yousuf, who was the vice captain of the Johor Cup-winning squad, has been put among six standbys that also include Jarmanpreet Singh and Amon Mirash Tirkey. Hockey: 13 juniors part of India squad for Asian Champions Trophy

Also present at the high-profile selection meeting were High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans, chief junior team coach Gregg Clark and junior team coach Baljeet Singh Saini. The selection trials were conducted at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on October 9-10.

"With the Indian junior team preparing for the forthcoming Junior Men Hockey World Cup to be held in New Delhi. The Asian Champions Trophy gives us an opportunity to allow our junior players to showcase their skills and gain experience in the international environment. Out of the 18 players selected for the third Asian Champions Trophy, 13 were part of the Indian junior Team that won the title of recently concluded third Sultan of Johor Cup in Malaysia," said HI Secretary General, Narinder Batra.

India won the first edition of the ACT in 2011, but failed to defend their title last year, losing to archrivals Pakistan 4-5. The other participating teams in the tournament this year are China, Japan, Malaysia, Oman and Pakistan - with Malaysia and Pakistan also expected to field mostly juniors in preparation for the Junior World Cup.

India will open their campaign against China on 2 November followed by matches against Japan (Nov 3), Oman (Nov 5), Pakistan (Nov 7) and Malaysia (Nov 8).

Goalkeepers: Sushant Tirkey, Harjot Singh

Defendeers: Gurjinder Singh, Amit Rohidas, Surender Kumar, Sukhmanjit Singh, Pardeep Mor,

Midfielders:
Prabhdeep Singh, Manpreet Singh (captain), Satbir Singh, Harjeet Singh, Imran Khan, Kothajit Singh (vice-captain)

Forwards:
Malak Singh, Mandeep Singh, Talwinder Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Ramandeep Singh

Standbys
: Jagdeep Dayal (goalkeeper), Gagandeep Singh (defender), Jarmanpreet Singh (defender), Lalit Upadhyay (midfielder), Affan Yousuf (forward), Amon Mirash Tirkey (forward)

IBNLive Sports



Brathwaite inspires Dames to hockey double

Nigel Simon


National senior women’s team forward Kayla Brathwaite scored a goal on the either side of the half as Notre Dame completed an unlikely T&T Hockey Board double, via a 4-3 win over Ventures in the Women’s Open Division of the Indoor Championships on Friday night. Both the Dames and Ventures reached the final with upset wins over Paragon (5-4) and last year’s winner Shandy Carib Magnolias (8-7), respectively, and were confident of victory at the Jean Pierre Complex, Mucurapo. However, Ventures had the slight edge, having beaten the Dames 6-4, one of their three losses in the five-team round-robin series.

Former national captain Carol Wynn-Whiteman provided an early indication the Dames were up for the challenge when she scored in the fifth minute while Tamia Roach (15th) and Brathwaite (16th) quickly made it 3-0. Ventures kept its hopes of overcoming the early setback with two quick goals of its own before the half, thanks to national duo Jade Piper and Yesenia Luces in the 17th and 18th minute, respectively, to trail 3-2 at the half. Two minutes after the resumption, Brathwaite gave her team some breathing space by extending the lead to 4-2, after which they stifled the Ventures attack, until the 40th and final minute when national midfielder Amanda George got a third for her team but it was too late.

Toussaint fires Paragon past Dames

National forward capped off a stellar Men’s Open Division campaign for himself in terms of goals by netting all five to lead Paragon to a come-from-behind 5-3 win over Notre Dame in their tournament decider, which avenged a round-robin loss by the same scoreline. The Dames looked set to follow in their women’s team and snatch the title when national foward Shaquille Daniel scored after only two minutes. But his goal only seemed to inject life into Toussaint, who responded with items in the eighth, 11th and 15th for Paragon to lead 3-1 at the half. With time running down on the clock, Daniel (32nd) and Chad Pedro (32nd) scored to get the Dames level but the nippy Toussaint was not done yet and regained the lead for his club three minutes later before he added another, his fifth on the night and 19th in his last three matches for a 5-3 lead, which his team held onto for the win.

Morales leads Army to Mixed Veterans crown

Anthony Morales was the toast of his Defence Force team-mates after he banged in a beaver-trick in their 5-3 defeat of Malvern in a keenly contested Mixed Veterans final.

Morales scored as early as the second minute and added goals in the 17th, 23rd and 30th while Anton Reyes also scored in the seventh.

For Malvern, which trailed 2-1 at the break, Kory Barnett scored twice in the 12th and 26th while Peter Edwards got the other.

Fatima, Magnolias U-19s repeat

In the Under-19 Division, Fatima (boys) and Shandy Carib Magnolias (girls) repeated as champions. For Fatima, Che Modeste scored twice while Jordan Vieira and Marcus Pascal got one apiece as they held off Malvern, 4-3 to avenge a 4-2 round-robin loss. National youth player Tariq Marcano had given Malvern a fourth minute lead, before adding goals in the 19th and 29th in the losing effort. And in the girls’ final, national player Elise Olton was the heroine for Magnolias with all three goals in the fifth, sixth and 15th to edge Paragon, 3-2. Shanice Cudjoe and Therese Sobers scored second-half goals for Paragon, which came up short in their fight back. Magnolias’ victory also exacted revenge for a 5-3 league loss.

Friday’s Results

Women’s Open:

Notre Dame 4 (Kayla Brathwaite 16th, 22nd, Carol Wynn-Whiteman 5th, Tamia Roach 15th) vs Ventures 3 (Jade Piper 17th, Yesenia Luces 18th, Amanda George 40th)

Men’s Open:
Paragon 5 (Akim Toussaint 8th, 11th, 15th, 35th, 36th) vs Notre Dame 3 (Shaquille Daniel 2nd, 32nd, Chad Pedro 32nd)

Mixed Veterans:
Defence Force 5 (Anthony Morales 2nd, 17th, 23rd, 30th, Anton Reyes 7th) vs Malvern 3 (Kory Barnett 12th, 26th, Peter Edwards 25th)

U-19 Boys:
Fatima 4 (Che Modeste 7th, 14th, Jordan Vieira 7th, Marcus Pascal 27th) vs Malvern 3 (Tariq Marcano 4th, 19th, 29th)

U-19 Girls:
Magnolias 3 (Elise Olton 5th, 6th, 15th) vs Paragon 2 (Shanice Cudjoe 19th, Therese Sobers 25th)

The Trinidad Guardian



ODU knocks off No. 2 UNC two days after beating No. 4 UConn


Danielle Clutter scored the game-winning goal as Old Dominion picked up its 10th consecutive win. Old Dominion Athletics

No. 1 Maryland 9, Georgetown 0

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland cruised to a 9-0 win against Georgetown on Sunday in the Terrapins’ annual senior day game. Sophomore Sarah Sprink notched her second career hat trick in the rout.

The Terps wasted no time jumping out to a lead against the Hoyas (2-14) with four goals in the first 15 minutes and a 7-0 lead at halftime. Overall, the Terrapins outshot the Hoyas 32-5 and had 13 penalty corners to Georgetown’s three. Twenty-one Terrapins saw action in the match.

Sprink opened the scoring when she struck off a penalty corner 2:42 into the game. Seven minutes later, Sydnor scored her third of the year to make it a 2-0 lead. Senior Jill Witmer passed it to her after a long run up the sideline for the score. Less than a minute and a half later, Ali McEvoy scored her first goal of the day off a penalty corner in the 12th minute.

In the 15th minute, Hayley Turner buried one off a putback on another penalty corner to make it 4-0.

Sprink scored her second in the 27th minute and her third goal in the 32nd, both off of penalty corners. With the clock at zero, the Terrapins were awarded another penalty corner and McEvoy scored off the play to make it 7-0 at half.

In the 47th minute, freshman Mieke Hayn slung a high shot into the net with Brooke Adler notching an assist. With nine minutes to play, Shari Jones knocked in her first career goal off a pass from Adler to make it 9-0.

Hunter started in goal and played the first 27 minutes. Brooke Cabrera came into goal for 32 minutes and picked up three saves. Jill Genovese saw time in the final 11 minutes.

No. 10 Old Dominion 3, No. 2 North Carolina 2 (OT)

NORFOLK, Va. – Old Dominion (11-6, 5-1) came away with a 3-2 overtime win against North Carolina and extended its winning streak to 10.

Senior day at Old Dominion featured Danielle Clutter and Christy Longacre as ODU’s two seniors. Clutter would score the game winner in overtime and Longacre tallied two assists on the first two goals to help ODU secure the victory.

It was scoreless until the second half when Old Dominion received its second corner and Caitlin Walsh put one in the back of the net courtesy of Longacre’s assist.

However everytime the Monarchs scored UNC would have an answer. Thirty-seven seconds later, Tar Heel Loren Shealy scored a goal to even the game at one. Lady Monarch forward Rosario Villagra would score less than two minutes later off a corner with the assist going to Longacre. North Carolina would not go away easily as Tar Heel Charlotte Craddock received a pass from Sinead Loughran and buried a goal to even the game at two apiece. Both teams would go back and forth and there were scoring chances but nobody could capitalize.

In overtime, North Carolina received the first penalty corner but could not score as ODU keeper Megan Hept came up with a save. Old Dominion bounced back with two penalty corners and Clutter scored the game winner with an assist to Emily Harting.

ODU has now won 10 consecutive games including wins against No. 1 Maryland last Sunday and No. 4 Connecticut on Friday. ODU outshot the Tar Heels 14-10 and came away with seven penalty corners to UNC’s five. Hept made six saves on the day and earned her 11th win on the year. UNC’s Sassi Ammer made one save and lost only her third game this season in net.

No. 3 Syracuse 3, Cornell 2 (OT)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Lauren Brooks’ second goal of the game came in overtime to give Syracuse (14-2) a 3-2 victory versus Cornell (11-6) on Sunday afternoon, running the Orange’s home winning streak to 44 games at J.S. Coyne Stadium.

Brooks received a pass in the right side of the circle from Emma Russell, got Cornell goalie Carolyn Horner to commit low, and lifted a shot into the goal at a sharp angle to win it for the Orange 9:12 into the extra period. It was her team-high 12th goal of the season and her second overtime game winner. She scored the decider in the win at No. 7 Duke on Oct. 11.

The Big Red forced overtime with Elly Plappert’s tip-in of a Katy Weeks pass with 15:12 remaining in the second half. SU had led 2-0 until Marisa Siergiej put Cornell on the board in the 21st minute with a goal on a penalty corner.

For the second consecutive day, SU jumped out to an early lead. Brooks opened the scoring 5:20 into the contest when she tipped in Karlee Farr’s pass that was redirected off a Lindsey Nerbonne shot.

The Orange made it 2-0 a little more than three minutes later, in the ninth minute, when Serra Degnan drove home the rebound of Leonie Geyer’s shot on a penalty corner. It was her fourth goal of the season and second of the weekend.

Jess Jecko made three saves in goal for Syracuse to earn her 14th win of the season. Horner kept her team in it with 11 saves, including three on penalty corner shots by the Orange late in the second half, coming with 8:37, 2:46 and 1:33 to go.

No. 8 Duke 3, Boston University 1

BOSTON – Paced by an offensive unit firing on all cylinders, Duke downed Boston University by a 3-1 score on Sunday afternoon at the Terriers’ New Balance Field. With the win, Duke improved to 13-4 overall and completed a 2-0 road trip to Boston after claiming a 2-1 overtime victory at No. 7 Boston College on Saturday.

Graduate student Cherry Seaborn got the Blue Devils off to a fast start, knocking in a rebound after hitting the post on her previous shot. Her tally in the sixth minute marked her sixth goal of the season. However, the Terriers responded just a couple of plays later, as Sofi Laurito tied the match on a reverse-stick drive just inside the post.

Duke maintained its intensity on the scoring end and regained the lead in the 15th minute when freshman Hunter Bracale sent a pass inside the circle to senior Emmie Le Marchand for a goal. Both teams had additional opportunities, with the Blue Devils earning a penalty corner just before the halftime whistle, but the score remained 2-1 in Duke’s favor at the intermission.

The visiting squad led in shots 7-4 and held a 3-2 edge in penalty corners during the first 35 minutes of play.

Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing and the Blue Devil defense weathered four shots and two penalty corner opportunities for Boston University in the first 10 minutes of the second period. A penalty corner for Duke in the 55th minute resulted in Le Marchand’s second score of the day and team-leading 10th of the year, as she redirected the ball in front of the cage to push the margin to two at 3-1. Junior Jessica Buttinger was credited with her fourth assist of the season on the play.

Lauren Blazing registered three saves, with all three coming in the second half, and Boston University’s Valentina Cerda had one stop in the loss.

No. 9 Princeton 5, No. 15 Albany 3

ALBANY, N.Y. – Facing its sixth ranked opponent of the year, Princeton concluded its five-game road swing with a 5-3 victory against Albany on Sunday afternoon.

Freshman Cat Caro led the offense with two first-half goals, while Michelle Cesan and Allison Evans each had a goal and an assist.

Cesan and Caro opened the scoring with goals a little more than a minute apart. The first came on an unassisted Cesan drive down the right flank, culminating with a reverse shot into the cage. Caro followed with the first of her two scores, receiving the ball from Evans in front of the cage to put Princeton up 2-0 at the 11:20-minute mark.

The Tigers added two more goals, both on penalty corner rebounds from Julia Reinprecht in the 21st and Caro in the 24th minutes to create Princeton’s 4-0 advantage. But despite pouncing early and jumping out with a multi-goal lead, it nearly was not enough to sustain a midgame Great Dane rally.

Albany responded in a big way, going on to score three uncontested goals between the 29th and 42nd minutes to make it a 4-3 match.

At 50:35, Evans was there to grab a Cesan deflection in front of the net to add an insurance goal and ultimately seal the victory.

NCAA



Field hockey cruises through weekend, clinches ACC tournament top seed

Terps outscore Virginia, Georgetown by a combined 13-1

by Paul Pierre-Louis



Forward Shelby Sydnor (13) celebrates with forward Mieke Hayn (22) and midfielder Brooke Adler (23) during the Terps' 9-0 win over Georgetown on Oct. 27, 2013. Alik McIntosh/The Diamondback

The Terrapins field hockey team has hopes of earning the No. 1 seed for the NCAA tournament in November, as it is the only top-20 team with just one loss. Georgetown, on the other hand, had only two wins leading up to its game against the Terps yesterday.

The difference between the teams was evident right away during yesterday’s match, as defender Sarah Sprink scored off a penalty corner less than three minutes in to give the Terps an early lead.

That foreshadowed the rest of the game, as the Terps cruised to a 9-0 win over the Hoyas. The Terps established control from the outset, as they did in their 4-1 win against No. 5 Virginia on Friday, leading to a perfect weekend in their final two home games of the regular season.

“Being able to come out and playing with our dominance and playing with our strength really helped us secure our confidence,” defender Ali McEvoy said. “Really helped us stick to the game plan and play our brand of hockey.”

Last week against No. 10 Old Dominion, the Terps’ slow start proved costly, resulting in their first loss of the season. But in both games this weekend, the Terps got on the scoreboard in less than five minutes, which helped them to a pair of wins.

With their victory against Virginia (15-4, 3-3 ACC), the Terps (17-1, 5-0) clinched the No. 1 seed in the ACC, giving them a first-round bye in the conference tournament, which starts Nov. 7.

“We’re fortunate to get another recovery day,” coach Missy Meharg said. “A day to focus in and be ready for whoever we play.”

Terps midfielder Katie Gerzabek left the Virginia game with a knee injury after going down early in the first period. The loss didn’t affect the team’s play, however, as its quick ball movement in the attacking third was key in its win against the Cavaliers. Midfielder Maxine Fluharty scored twice, and forwards Jill Witmer and Welma Luus added a goal each.

During this weekend’s second game, the Terps’ efficiency on penalty corners lifted them to a dominant win over the Hoyas.

The Terps scored five goals off 13 penalty corners as Gerzabek remained sidelined against Georgetown. Sprink earned a hat trick in the first half off set plays, while McEvoy scored two penalty corner goals. The Terps have emphasized penalty corners this season, and the team vastly improved on set plays against the Hoyas.

“I’m pretty happy that it actually went that well,” Sprink said. “We had to focus on getting penalty corners. To get those was a big step from us also because our rates have been a little lower than we want it to.”

Georgetown (2-15) struggled to settle into the game, as the Terps brought pressured early. The team quickly closed down passing lanes and forced turnovers in the Hoyas’ defensive third. Georgetown compounded those mistakes by conceding penalty corners, giving up six in the first 20 minutes. In that time span, the Terps earned a 4-0 lead.

The team drew six more penalty corners in the first period, scoring on three of them to go up 7-0 by halftime. The Terps’ comfortable lead allowed them to use more substitutes in the second half, and forwards Mieke Hayn and Shari Jones added goals to make it 9-0.

After a pair of shaky starts led to close games two weekends ago, the Terps came out strong and set the tone in their two wins this weekend. Their improvement pleased Meharg, and the timing of the Terps’ progress gives the team confidence heading into the postseason.

“We’ve had great hockey this weekend,” Meharg said. “This is when you want to be playing your best hockey. … We’re fortunate to be playing our best hockey right now.”

The Diamondback



Wits Hockey celebrating good news!

Announcing the appointment of a new First team ladies coach:


Wits University Hockey in Johannesburg, South Africa is proud to announce the appointment of Pietie Coetzee as the new Wits first team Ladies coach for 2014.

Pietie is well known in hockey circles, having played for South Africa. Pietie is without a doubt one of the best strikers in the world as she holds the world record of 256 goals. She has enjoyed a coaching career in Holland where she learned from the world’s top coaches, and is experienced in coaching all levels of players, particularly at university level.

Pietie is excited to be involved in Wits Hockey and will be starting with High Performance sessions as soon as November this year!

Announcing the completion of the artificial hockey turf:

The hockey turf was officially handed over on the 16th September and the Wits hockey club players were invited to be the first to enjoy the privilege of this multi million rand state of the art facility. The residence student players then had an opportunity to participate in the inter-residence hockey tournament. This event was well attended and the Men’s Res walked away with the trophy! We hope to grow this tournament and put it on the Wits Hockey calendar as an annual event.

Wits Hockey media release