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Ursinus pulls away for fifth conference win

Paige Messersmith © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Paige Messersmith © 2009 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

McDaniel plays fifth-ranked Bears to closest CC affair in 6-2 contest

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Jennifer Bayzick recorded two goals and two assists to lead No. 5 Urisnus to a 6-2 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) field hockey action on Saturday.

Megan Yoder added a two goals and an assist for the Bears (8-1, 5-0 CC), who finished with advantages of 27-4 and 22-3 in shots and penalty corners, respectively.

Sarah Meszler (Herkimer, N.Y./Herkimer) tallied her first two-goal game, scoring both goals for the Green Terror (2-6, 1-2 CC) off feeds from Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney).

Bayzick had a hand in both first-half goals for Ursinus, finding Bridget Resetco on a corner in the 13th minute before deflecting home a 40-yard hit by Michelle Wimmer in the 31st minutes.

Off a restart a minute into the second half, Messersmith found Meszler in front of the cage where the freshman tapped the ball home to make it a 2-1 game just 1:12 into the period.

Yoder made her way around a defender on a corner in the 38th minute to stretch the visitor's lead back to two.

Mesler redirected a Messersmith hit in from the top of the arc nearly four minutes later to once again trim the deficit to one but Bayzick responded 33 seconds later to push the lead back to two.

Wimmer made it a one-goal, one-assist day with 8:48 on the clock to push the lead to 5-2 before Yoder dribbled to the left post and hit from short range to set the final margin 2:16 later.

Stephanie Thomson (Glen Burnie, Md./Pasadena) made nine saves for McDaniel.

Ursinus, which entered the game outscoring its first CC opponents 34-1, registered its fewest goals in a conference game this season.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Stevenson on Thursday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.

Score by Period                                    1            2            -            F
No. 5 Ursinus (8-1, 5-0 CC)                        2            4            -            6
McDaniel (2-6, 1-2 CC)                                    0            2            -            2

Scoring Summary:
U – Bridget Resetco (Jennifer Bayzick), 12:18
U – Bayzick (Michelle Wimmer), 30:27
M – Sarah Meszler (Paige Messersmith), 36:12
U – Megan Yoder, 37:53
M – Meszler (Messersmith), 41:47
U – Bayzick (Yoder), 42:20
U – Wimmer (Bayzick), 61:12
U – Yoder, 63:28

Shots: U 27, M 4. Penalty Corners: U 22, M 3. Saves: U 1 (LauraLee Lightwood-Mater), M 9 (Stephanie Thomson).