Eastern Eagles defeat No. 14 Haverford 5-3, never gives up lead
ST. DAVIDS, Pa. -- Eastern pulled itself together to score five first-half goals on the way to a 5-3 win agaisnt No. 14 Haverford. Brittany Moyer scored twice and added a pair of assists to pace the Eastern attack in the Eagles' second win against a nationally-ranked opponent in the past week.
The visiting Fords put the Eagles under pressure immediately with a penalty corner 30 seconds into the match. Catherine Aronowitz played an insert to the top of the circle where Mary Hobbs drew the attention of the Eastern fliers. Hobbs pushed a pass to her right for Jen DiMaria, who pounded home her fourth of the year to give the Eastern the early advantage.
The Haverford lead, however, was short-lived as the Eagles picked up the first of their nine first-half penalty corners in the fifth minute. Moyer inserted the ball to Megan Bolton. Her shot caught a flier's stick on the way to the goal and bounced to Shannon Graybill. Graybill's first shot was saved at the goal, but the rebound only went as far as Abby Wagner. Wagner played a cross into the goalie's pads and Graybill pounced on the rebound for her second goal of the season.
The game began to turn as the Eastern forwards earned a series of penalty corners. Megan Bolton connected for her first of the day on the sixth of those corners. Her low shot from the right side flew across the crease and went off the goalie's stick into the top part of the cage with just over 17 minutes to play.
Moments later, Moyer gave the Eagles the lead for good with a clever reverse stick shot off a rebound chance. Megan Bolton burried her second of the day in the 23rd minute on another penalty corner to give the Eagles a 4-2 lead. The 16 penalty corners for the match is the second highest total posted by the Eagles the year.
Moyer's final tally came with less than five minutes to play in the period. She collected a pass in the top of the midfield and earned the circle with a powerful dribble. It appeared that the ball was going into the Haverford goalies pads, but at the last second, Moyer jabbed at the ball and chipped it over the goalie for her eighth of the year.
Hobbs scored for Haverford on a nice combination play to cut the gap to 5-3 with 23 minutes to play. The Eastern defense kept the Fords pinned in their own end for most of the last 20 minutes. Eastern enjoyed a 25-9 advantage in shots and a decisive 16-5 edge in penalty corners.