The biggest drama of Wednesday night's field hockey game at Eastern Mennonite University turned out to be when the rain would stop. After falling all day, the precipitation cleared just in time for the start of the Royals' 11-0 thumping of visiting Sweet Briar College.
Wet or dry, nothing was slowing down EMU in improving to 2-1 with their second straight victory. They head to Chambersburg, Pa., this weekend for the Wilson Invitational, starting with a game against Transylvania Saturday at noon. Eastern Mennonite will play again on Sunday against either Ferrum or host Wilson in the tournament set-up.
The Royals jumped on the scoreboard quickly against Sweet Briar, with sophomore Alyssa Gore (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) hitting the caging in the second minute. She was assisted by classmate Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool), who then scored her own goal a minute later. Freshman Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) knocked in her first career goal on her own rebounded shot, giving EMU a 3-0 lead by the seventh minute.
Gore and then Price each scored a second goal in the first half, before freshman Hattie Yeager (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) hit the cage twice in her first collegiate game.
Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) and Casey Webb (Hampton, Va./Bethel) each added a score in the first half, as Eastern Mennonite out-shot SBC 32-0 over the opening 35 minutes and led 9-0.
Early in the second, defender Janae Kauffman (Harleysville, Pa./Dock Mennonite Academy) knocked in a goal. It was the first of her career for the senior. Hartzler then scored in the 47th before the Royals changed up their formation and worked on their passing to finish off the game.