Franklin & Marshall upsets Ursinus
Roundup: No. 4 Bowdoin escapes with OT win to stay unbeaten
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. -- Chelsey Talhelm recorded a hat trick to lead Franklin & Marshall to a statement-making 5-1 victory against Ursinus on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference play. The Diplomats remain unbeaten and now sit alone atop the CC standings with the win, while the Bearsfall for the first time in 2011.
With the victory, F&M hands Ursinus, the seven-time defending CC champion, its first CC regular season loss since Oct. 6, 2007 - a 3-2 Diplomat triumph in Lancaster. This marks just the second defeat for the Bears in the CC regular season since they joined the conference in 2003.
F&M put together impressive performances at both ends of the field to secure the win. The Diplomats' five goals are the most allowed by the Bears since Sept. 9, 2006, while the F&M defense clamped down on an Ursinus offense that came into the contest averaging nearly six goals per game.
No. 1 Salisbury 4, St. Mary 0
SALISBURY, Md. -- Salisbury remained unbeaten in the 2011 season with a 4-0 victory against St. Mary's (Md.) on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium.
The Sea Gulls controlled the first half collecting 11 shots and 14 penalty corners, while keeping the Sea Hawks at bay with no shots or penalty corners. The first goal of the half came at the 4:16 minute mark off a penalty corner as junior Kristina Fusco collected a pass from senior Tara McGovern and flicked it into the net.
Salisbury would continue to keep the ball on its offensive half but would not score again until 26 minutes in off yet another penalty corner. This time Fusco would assist senior Courtney Webster as she slammed the ball from the top of the circle right into the back of the boards.
The second half was more of the same as the Sea Gulls dominated play earning nine penalty corners and taking nine shots. However, the score would not change until there were ten minutes remaining in the match. Salisbury was awarded a penalty stroke that Fusco succesfully converted bringing the score to 3-0.
The final goal of the game came by the way of junior Erica Henderson as she ripped the ball, off a pass from Webster, from the left side into the goal to bring the final score to 4-0.
No. 3 Messiah 5, Lebanon Valley 1
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- Jocelyn Novak tied the Commonwealth Conference record for career goals, but Messiah scored five unanswered to win 5-1 in the CC opener on Saturday.
The Dutchmenwere outshot 29-9 by the Falcons despite taking an early lead.
Novak scored in the 11th minute off Jenni Walker's pass from the left side, going to the far post for her 111th career goal. That tied the MAC/CC record held by Messiah's Danae Chambers. That also tied her with Chambers for second on the NCAA's all-time scoring list and moved her into sixth on the NCAA points list at 237.
But the Falcons came back with two before the half as Brooke Sands and Kourtney Ehly scored just under four minutes apart before the break, and Sands, Kilee Rosenberry, and Dara Downs added second-half goals to finish it at 5-1.
Christine Poletti made seven saves in the loss for LVC, while Kayleigh Stewart stopped four to earn the win. Messiah led 12-7 on corners.
No. 4 Bowdoin 3, No. 8 Middlebury 2 OT
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Ella Curren drilled home a penalty corner with 9:51 remaining in overtime on Saturday afternoon to give the fourth-ranked Bowdoin field hockey team its fourth consecutive win to open the season. The eighth-ranked Panthers fall to 2-2 while the Polar Bears increase their record to 4-0.
Neither team was able to generate many offensive opportunities in the early going, as the two teams battled for possession in the midfield. Bowdoin was unable to convert any of its early shots, allowing Middlebury to open up the scoring at 12:55 in the first half. Lauren Greer hammered a penalty corner into the back of the net to give Middlebury the early lead. The Panthers nearly increased their lead with 9:50 remaining in the first half, but Bowdoin goalie Kayla Lessard came out to make a diving stop on a Middlebury break away at the top of the circle that kept the Polar Bears within one.
Bowdoin wasted little time coming out of the break, tying the game just 34 seconds into the second half. Katie Herter carried the ball up the field and fired a shot that Middlebury goalie Becca Shaw turned aside. Cathleen Smith was able to control the rebound and slide the ball across the net to Liz Clegg, who banged home the equalizer.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.