American downs No. 6 Boston College
Roundup: No. 7 New Hampshire drops second consecutive game
WASHINGTON D.C. -- American snapped its four-game losing streak in style with a 2-1 victory against Boston College Sunday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
Jenn Bradley got American on the scoreboard in the second minute of play when she converted a breakaway opportunity. Following American's goal, defense was the story for the rest of the first half as AU held Boston College without a shot in the opening 35 minutes. American took that 1-0 advantage into halftime.
AU extended its lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute on an Alex McMackin strike following American's fifth consecutive penalty corner. For McMackin, the score was her team-leading fifth of the season.
After going the entire first half without a shot, Boston College turned up the offensive pressure in the second period, registering 13 in the final 35 minutes. Boston College cut the American lead in half in the 64th minute when Courtney Tavener converted a rebound opportunity, but that was all the offense BC could muster as AU held on for the 2-1 win.
No. 1 Old Dominion 6, No. 20 Northeastern 2
NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion scored early and often and never looked back, topping Northeastern 6-2 Sunday afternoon at the Powhatan Sports Complex. Senior Rebecca Condie tallied her first two goals of the season and junior Maartje van Rijswijk doubled her season goal total by scoring twice as well.
Today's victory is Old Dominion's eighth against a ranked opponent this season and the Lady Monarchs have now matched their best start since 1997. Northeastern falls to 5-5 on the year overall and 0-2 in league play.
The Lady Monarchs kept the action in their offensive end for nearly the entire game, outshooting the Huskies 24-7. Old Dominion also earned a season-high 13 penalty corners to Northeastern's three. Van Rijswijk posted the first two Old Dominion scores, with her second goal being assisted by freshman Lydia Velzian. In between van Rijswijk's two goals, Northeastern's Crystal Poland netted her NCAA-leading 17th goal of the year. All of this scoring came in the games first eight minutes.
In the 20th minute, junior Christy Longacre gave Old Dominion a two-goal cushion as she scored off a direct pass from Condie on a penalty corner. Less than six minutes later, sophomore Cassandra Wagner scored on a fastbreak that was set up by senior Kathryn Kirk. Just before the half, Condie corralled a rebound after the Huskies goalkeeper made a save and she scored to send Old Dominion into the intermission up 5-1.
No. 2 North Carolina 5, Davidson 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina scored four goals in the first 7:51 of play and went on to beat visiting Davidson 5-0 Sunday afternoon at Francis E. Henry Stadium. Junior Kelsey Kolojejchick tallied two goals and contributed two assists for the Tar Heels, who improved to 9-1 with their sixth shutout of the year. The Wildcats fell to 4-4.
Just two minutes into the game, Kolojejchick gave the Tar Heels the only goal they would need when she took a pass from senior Elizabeth Stephens and sent it into the left side of the cage. Just 2:16 later, the two combined for another goal. This time, Kolojejchick sent a pass to Stephens, who sprinted to grab the ball on the right baseline then took a shot that went just inside the far post.
In the seventh minute, Kolojejchick sent a pass to freshman Loren Shealy, who shot it in from just in front of the cage for her second goal of the season. The fourth goal came just over a minute later when junior Katie Ardrey dribbled toward the cage from the left baseline and shot the ball past Davidson goalkeeper Sarah Fisher, who made nine saves on the day. Ardrey's goal was her first of the year.
The Tar Heels led 4-0 at halftime, with the fifth goal coming in the 54th minute of play. On a penalty corner, Malmberg shot from the top of the circle and Kolojejchick deflected the ball in from the right side for her team-high 11th goal of the season.
No. 5 Syrcause 3, No. 17 Boston University 2
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – With the score tied at one at halftime, Syracuse scored two goals just four minutes into the second half to defeat Boston University on Sunday afternoon at J.S. Coyne Stadium, 3-2.
Sunday's win extends Syracuse's home winning streak to 20 games, dating back to the 2008 season. The Orange statistically dominated the Terriers, holding a 22-4 shot advantage and a 12-2 edge in penalty corners. The teams combined for four green cards and one yellow card during the physical match.
Syracuse took an early 1-0 lead less than nine minutes into the first half when Iona Holloway scored her first goal of the season on a deflection following a Liz McInerney shot from just inside the circle.
Boston University knotted the score with 4:48 left in the first half when Amira Downes finished a fast break with a shot into the right side of the cage.
The Orange wasted no time in re-gaining its lead coming out of the halftime break as Kelsey Millman potted her sixth goal of the year 4:04 into the second half. Less than one minute later, Heather Susek extended the SU lead to two when she gathered her own rebound and snuck a shot past Terrier goalkeeper Jess Maroney, prompting a goaltending change by Boston University.
No. 19 Louisville 3, No. 7 New Hampshire 1
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Freshman Katlyn Soucy scored twice to help Louisville to a 3-1 win against New Hampshire Sunday afternoon at Trager Stadium.
The teams were evenly matched, trading shots in the first half, with the Wildcats holding a 5-4 edge in shots, but Louisville leading 2-1 in corners. The Cards broke through at the 10:53 mark when sophomore Elizabeth Vance's pass from the right side of the circle found Soucy who sent a shot past New Hampshire's Katherine Nagengast to give Louisville a 1-0 lead.
New Hampshire answered with four minutes remaining in the half on Hayley Rausch's goal from Kellie Joyce to tie the game at 1-1 at halftime.
The Cards wasted little time regaining the lead with Soucy notching her second goal of the game and third of the season just three minutes into the second half. Fellow freshman Paige Monsen's shot was turned back by Nagengast, but Soucy was there to collect the rebound to put Louisville back on top with a 2-1 lead.
Junior Haley Jurich added an insurance goal four minutes later when she sent a rebound from senior Heather Stevens' shot into the cage to make it a 3-1 game.
No. 10 Penn State 3, Iowa 0
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Behind stellar goalkeeping from redshirt junior Ayla Halus, Penn State field hockey team picked up a big 3-0 victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday afternoon.
The Hawkeyes, who defeated Michigan State on Friday, came into the game atop the Big Ten in scoring. Halus made seven saves in the winning effort. Sophomore Lauren Purvis, junior Hannah Allison and sophomore Whitney Reddigeach scored goals for the Nittany Lions. Iowa was shutout for the first time all season.
With the first seven-plus minutes of the game being silent, Iowa applied pressure first at the 7:59 mark as Aubrey Campbell fired a shot that was saved by Halus. Nearly two minutes later, Marike Stribos put another one on goal that was stopped by Halus. Another minute would pass by until the Hawkeyes had two shots blocked and saved to keep the score even at zero.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.