No. 15 TCNJ upsets No. 5 Messiah
Roundup: No. 1 Bloomsburg scores four in first half of 10th win
EWING, N.J. -- The College of New Jersey defeated Messiah 2-1 on Saturday to pick up its second consecutive top-10 win. Saturday's win against the Falcons was the sixth consecutive for the 15th-ranked Lions as they improved to 8-1 on the season. The loss knocked Messiah to 5-3.
TCNJ didn't waste any time in jumping out in front as senior Alex Okuniewicz scored just 1:18 into the game. Okuniewicz's goal came on a penalty corner with junior Christy Wham picking up the assist on the play. The Falcons came within inches of tying the game late in the first half as senior Kourtney Ehly sent a shot off of the far post that was quickly cleared away by TCNJ's defense.
The Lions added what turned out to be a much-needed insurance goal 8:49 into the second half. Wham again was the catalyst in getting the home team on the board. This time she set up Erin Healy, who deflected in a shot by Wham. That goal tied Healy for the team lead in goals with six.
No. 1 Bloomsburg 4, Mary Washington 1
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Salisbury team jumped on Mary Washington early on Saturday afternoon and never looked back, earning a 4-1 victory in Capital Athletic Conference action.
Salisbury opened the scoring just six minutes into the contest on an unassisted tally from senior Courtney Webster. The lead became 2-0 when junior Erica Henderson showed her hand-eye coordination, batting a ball out of mid air and into the back of the cage for the two-goal edge in the 14th minute.
Less than two minutes later senior Alison Bloodsworth gave the Gulls another unassisted goal for a 3-0 lead which was not in doubt through remainder of the afternoon. Webster was able to add one more first-half goal, with seven minutes left before halftime, off an assist from senior Caitlin Walker allowing the Gulls to take a 4-0 lead at the break.
No. 2 Bowdoin 4, Connecticut College 1
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Bowdoin scored three times in the first 25:36 to remain unbeaten in a 4-1 win at Connecticut College on Saturday. The Polar Bears improve to 6-0 (4-0 NESCAC) this fall while the Camels fall to 4-3 (1-3 NESCAC).
NESCAC Player of the Week Cathleen Smith scored twice for Bowdoin, including the game's first marker just 4:50 into the opening half. Elizabeth Clegg doubled the Polar Bear at 21:55, redirecting a Katie Herter shot to put the visitors up 2-0. Smith increased Bowdoin's lead with another feed from Herter at 25:36.
Brittany Fitzgerald was able to cut into Bowdoin's lead with a goal one minute before intermission, but Katie Riley answered at 65:18 to seal the win for the Polar Bears.
No. 4 Franklin & Marshall 7, Bryn Mawr 0
LANCASTER, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall scored early and often in a 7-0 rout against visiting Bryn Mawr on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) action. The fourth-ranked Diplomats remain unbeaten with a record of 9-0 (4-0 CC), while the Owls drop to 1-8 (0-4 CC).
The Diplomats overwhelmed Bryn Mawr from the outset as they notched six of their seven scores in the first half. Becky Willert began the Franklin & Marshall scoring in third minute as she cleaned up the rebound from a Chelsey Talhelm shot to put the Diplomats up 1-0.
Talhelm would later respond with two goals of her own, both of which were one-timed shots from close range. In the ninth minute, Talhelm was positioned near the goal's left post and re-directed a Kimmy Fisher pass to push the advantage to 2-0. Seven minutes later, Rachel Cooke fed Talhelm from the top right of the circle for a three-goal Franklin & Marshall lead.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.