September 13, 2009

Late flurry lifts Eastern Mennonite

Pickard evens game for McDaniel but Royals tally twice in final 1:43

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Hailee Rittle scored with 1:43 remaining in regulation to break a 1-all deadlock, helping Eastern Mennonite to a 3-1 victory over McDaniel in non-conference field hockey action on Sunday.

Mandy Pickard (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) drew the Green Terror (1-3) even with an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute but the Royals (1-4) notched their first win of the season with a pair of goals in the waning moments.

After Rittle finished an Adriana Santiago feed to give Eastern Mennonite the advantage, Jessica Blanks finished off her team's 11th penalty corner of the game with no time on the clock to set the final margin.

Jenna Longenecker finished an Alyssa Derstine assist at the 3:15 mark to stake the Royals to an early lead.

Eastern Mennonite finished with a 21-14 advantage in shots.

Stephanie Thomson (Glen Burnie, Md./Chesapeake) made four saves for McDaniel. Becky Nolt had three stops for the Royals.

The Green Terror returns to action in the Centennial Conference opener at home against Franklin & Marshall on Thursday. Game time is 5:30 p.m.

Score by Period                        1            2            -            F
McDaniel (1-3)                                    0            1            -            1
Eastern Mennonite (1-4)            1            2            -            3

Scoring Summary:
E - Jenna Longenecker (Alyssa Derstine), 3:15
M - Mandy Pickard, 52:47
E - Hailee Rittle (Adriana Santiago), 68:17
E - Jessica Blanks, 70:00

Shots: M 14, E 21. Penalty Corners: M 9, E 11. Saves: M 4 (Stephanie Thomson), E 3 (Becky Nolt).

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