Field Hockey Women Felled By No. 17 Mary Washington

Mikayla Martin has now scored at least one goal in each of her four seasons. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Mikayla Martin has now scored at least one goal in each of her four seasons. (photo by Scott Eyre)
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EMU's field hockey women gave a good effort against nationally ranked Mary Washington Wednesday night at home, eventually falling by a final of 10-1. The Eagles (4-1) came into the game at No. 17 in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Coaches Poll.

Eastern Mennonite settles at 3-3 after the loss, completing a busy season-opening stretch of six games in 12 days. The women now have an extended break until their next game, an ODAC affair at Randolph-Macon on Sept. 24.

Mary Washington jumped on the board quickly against EMU, hitting the cage three times in the opening 10 minutes. The visitors led 5-0 at halftime.

Despite the deficit in the second half, the Royals kept pushing to the final horn. They made a few rallies into the offensive end and scored in the 51st minute. After a blocked shot in front of the cage, freshman Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) grabbed the ball and centered it where Mikayla Martin (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) quickly flicked it in for an EMU score.

The Eagles added five goals in the second to produce the final margin.

Goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) racked up a season high 16 saves in the game, her third straight double-digit effort. Clover Cooper (Barboursville, Va./Orange County) picked up a defensive save.