Nov. 20, 2010

 

 

BLOOMSBURG - For the third consecutive season and 17th time in program history, the Bloomsburg University field hockey team was crowned the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) champions as the #3 Huskies defeated East Stroudsburg, 2-1, at Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With her three goals and one assist over the two-day tournament, Amanda Riley (Tannersville, Pocono Mountain East) was named tournament MVP.

With the win, the Huskies will advance to the NCAA Division II National Tournament for the fifth straight year, trying to win their 17th national title as a program and first under head coach Nikki Rhoads.

In the first 9:23 of the first half, Bloomsburg had four penalty corner opportunities and three shots on goal, but were unable to convert and put the ball past East Stroudsburg goalkeeper Maureen Ordnung.

On the fifth penalty corner of the half at the 9:32 mark, Ashley Miller (Shermans Dale, West Perry) took the ball, passed it to Jenna DiSabatino (Mountain Top, Crestwood) and she put the ball into the back of the cage on a high shot that sailed past Ordnung to make it 1-0 BU.

The goal was DiSabatino's ninth of the season and first of the tournament.

East Stroudsburg (17-5) tried to even the score at 1-1 at 23:45 when Kayla Cilenti took a shot on goal, but Bloomsburg goalkeeper Meghan Hollenbach (Blandon, Fleetwood) was able to keep the Warriors off the board with the save.

ESU's Caitlin Brownley tried to give the Warriors momentum before the break, but Hollenbach stopped her shot to keep the score at 1-0 at the half.

It was a very physical and defensive first half, as both teams were even in shots at 5-5.

Just 4:24 into the second half, the Huskies took a very important 2-0 lead as Riley scored her 19th goal of the season as she fired one from 10 yards out from the assist from J. DiSabatino. The goal was Riley's third of the tournament.

Over the next 17:20, Bloomsburg was able to take one shot on goal as East Stroudsburg took two, but the game remained 2-1 Huskies.

The Warriors cut the lead to 2-1 at the 58:28 mark as Brownley scored her eighth goal of the season as she took a shot off the corner feed from Brittany Kocis that found the left box and deflected off of a BU player, sneaking past Hollenbach.

Hollenbach regained her momentum over the final 9:54 to make four big saves to secure the championship victory for the Huskies.

Hollenbach made nine saves on the day, as Ordnung made four saves.

Bloomsburg (18-2) will find out their first-round game for the national tournament as the pairings will be announced on Sunday, Nov. 21.