Alvernia (Pa.) 2, Lynchburg 1

Nov. 9, 2005

LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA -- Junior Megan Novogratz scored the game-winning goal at 48:21 as the visiting Alvernia College (PA) field hockey team defeated Lynchburg College 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

The Hornets opened an early 1-0 lead as Samantha Howard (Fairfax Station, VA/W.T. Woodson) assisted Andrea Fleming (Milford, DE/Milford) at 9:25 of the first half and LC took the 1-0 lead into intermission. Amber Landis put the Crusaders on the board at 40:09 of the second half on a rebound from a Jesse Titus shot. Following a Alvernia corner, Novogratz corralled the loose ball and found the back of the cage for the game-winner. The Hornets had several chances to even the score in the final minutes but the Alvernia defense held firm.

"I think the game turned after Lynchburg scored its first goal," said Novogratz, whose game-winning tally was the 20th of the season. "It really woke us up and we managed to turn on the intensity."

Lynchburg held a 15-12 edge in total shots, while each team had five shots on goal and 10 penalty corners. Alvernia goalie Carey Manzolillo made four stops and Lynchburg goalie Elizabeth Foskey made three saves.

The Crusaders will advance into the tournament's second round on Friday, to face regional host Messiah College on Friday at 10 a.m. "We really have nothing to lose at this point," said Novogratz. "We need to maintain this intensity into the weekend."

"This program had 10 players seven years ago, and we have slowly worked our way up to this point," said Alvernia coach Laura Gingrich. "We have improved every year and we made the most of our first NCAA Tournament berth by playing a good game today. It will be a great challenge to face Messiah on Friday."

Lynchburg ends its 2005 season at 15-7, after starting the season slowly - but rallied to win its next 13 games. "I am so proud of how our girls battled adversity this year and bounced back," said Hornet head coach Enza Steele. "We didn't get into a good flow both offensively and defensively at the same time today, but a lot of credit goes to Alvernia - they played a very good game."

           Field Hockey Box Score (Final)
                     Automated ScoreBook For 'Field Hockey'
        Alvernia College vs Lynchburg College (11/9/05 at Lynchburg, VA)




Alvernia College (18-3) vs.                                 Goals by period       1  2  Tot
Lynchburg College (15-7)                                    -------------------------------
Date: 11/9/05       Attendance: 166                         Alvernia College....  0  2 -  2
Weather:                                                    Lynchburg College...  1  0 -  1

Alvernia College                                        Lynchburg College
Pos ## Player                Sh SOG  G  A DS            Pos ## Player                Sh SOG  G  A DS
---------------------------------------------           ---------------------------------------------
G   1  Carey Manzolilo.....   -   -  -  -  -            G   44 Elizabeth Foskey....   -   -  -  -  -
F   2  Shayna Clark........   1   -  -  -  -            A   1  Kara Culkin.........   6   2  -  -  -
M   6  Amber Landis........   1   1  1  -  -            A   4  Andrea Fleming......   3   2  1  -  -
M   7  Jesse Titus.........   2   1  -  1  -            M   7  Morgan Crandall.....   4   -  -  -  1
D   13 Lauren Yoder........   -   -  -  -  -            A   8  Samantha Howard.....   -   -  -  1  -
M   14 Lynsey Treadwell....   -   -  -  -  -            D   13 Paige Bennett.......   -   -  -  -  -
D   15 Laura Bilger........   1   -  -  -  -            A   14 Laura Christianson..   1   -  -  -  -
D   19 Risa Frappoli.......   -   -  -  -  -            M   22 Ariana Kleeman......   -   -  -  -  -
D   20 Melissa Senick......   -   -  -  -  -            M   25 Lindsay Wheatley....   -   -  -  -  -
F   22 Becky Macchione.....   2   -  -  -  -            D   29 Cheyanne Pritchard..   -   -  -  -  -
F   23 Megan Novogratz.....   5   3  1  -  -            D   33 Dawn McGaha.........   1   1  -  -  -
     ---------- Substitutes ----------                       ---------- Substitutes ----------
    4  Kelly Flynn.........   -   -  -  -  -                2  Melissa Seipel......   -   -  -  -  -
       Totals..............  12   5  2  1  0                9  Amanda Collison.....   -   -  -  -  -
                                                            11 Jessi Bowman........   -   -  -  -  -
                                                            12 Olga Ozarslan.......   -   -  -  -  -
                                                            15 Cressita Bowman.....   -   -  -  -  -
                                                            19 Molly Smith.........   -   -  -  -  -
                                                            26 Rachel Sherman......   -   -  -  -  -
                                                               Totals..............  15   5  1  1  1

Alvernia College                                        Lynchburg College
## Player                 MIN  GA Saves                 ## Player                 MIN  GA Saves
---------------------------------------                 ---------------------------------------
1  Carey Manzolilo.....  70:00  1     4                 44 Elizabeth Foskey....  70:00  2     3

Shots by period       1  2  Tot                         Saves by period       1  2  Tot
-------------------------------                         -------------------------------
Alvernia College....  7  5 - 12                         Alvernia College....  2  2 -  4
Lynchburg College...  5 10 - 15                         Lynchburg College...  0  3 -  3

Penalty corners       1  2  Tot
-------------------------------
Alvernia College....  7  3 - 10
Lynchburg College...  4  6 - 10


SCORING SUMMARY:
GOAL   Time Team     Goal Scorer              Assists                                  Description
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 1.    9:45 LC       Andrea Fleming (24)      Samantha Howard
 2.   40:09 ACFH     Amber Landis (5)         Jesse Titus
 3.   48:21 ACFH     Megan Novogratz (20)     Unassisted


PLAYER CARDS:

Officials: Referee: Taylor Smallwood; Asst. Referee: Vicki Rhoades; Bob Hollis;



-- Courtesy Lynchburg