Top 10 Roundup
Lauren Brooks scores for the Orange to break defensive struggle
No. 1 North Carolina 3, No. 15 Old Dominion 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Sophomore Emma Bozek scored two early goals to lead North Carolina to a 3-0 win against Old Dominion on Friday evening at Francis E. Henry Stadium. Playing their first home game of the season, the Tar Heels improved to 5-0 overall. ODU fell to 1-4, with all of its losses coming to teams ranked among the top seven nationally.
"They're a very, very strong team," UNC coach Karen Shelton said of ODU. "They made us fight for this. For me, I'd rather have a game in which we're stressed and we have to work hard and we have to think than one when we run away with it. It was a good day."
Bozek's first goal came in the fifth minute of play, when she deflected a ball from senior Meghan Drake past ODU keeper Megan Hept. Bozek scored again a little more than two minutes later, grabbing the rebound after a Hept save and shooting to put UNC up 2-0.
Carolina's third goal came late in the game, from junior Loren Shealy. She got a pass from senior Sinead Loughran and sent a hard shot into the right side of the cage for her third score of the season.
UNC finished with 17 shots to ODU's six. The Tar Heels had five corners and Old Dominion had two, one in each half.
Junior Sassi Ammer played most of the game in goal for UNC, yielding to freshman Shannon Johnson with 1:12 to play. Ammer had three saves and Johnson made one more to preserve the shutout.
No. 3 Princeton 2, Michigan State 1
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After Michigan State tied the game on a goal with less than 15 seconds remaining in regulation, Princeton showed resolve by bouncing back and scoring a 2-1 overtime victory.
Teresa Benvenuti took a centering pass from Allison Evans 12:30 into the first overtime session and buried the game winner to hand the third-ranked Princeton Tigers a 2-1 victory against Michigan State. It was the third goal of the season for Benvenuti.
Princeton led 1-0 after Michelle Cesan tipped a pass from Amanda Bird on a penalty corner 7:53 into the game. The score would stay that way for another 61 minutes and change, but the Spartans attempted one final, furious rally. Victoria Radwell sent a hard drive up the center of the field, and Simone Vagnani was able to get her stick on it before Maida could knock it away.
The tip went way in the air and kept heading toward the cage. Maida attempted one more save, but her swing at the ball just missed.
Meanwhile, Princeton regrouped. After outshooting Michigan State 19-5 and owning a 13-0 edge in penalty corners, the Tigers were not about to let this game get away. Outside of one transition that nearly ended in a Spartan goal, the Tigers regained control and managed three shots in overtime.
No. 4 Connecticut 4, Fairfield 0
STORRS, Conn -- Junior forward Chloe Hunnable scored two goals and added one assist and senior forward Marie Elena Bolles tallied a three-point night to lead No. 4 Connecticut to a 4-0 victory against intrastate foe Fairfield on Friday evening at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex in Storrs, Conn.
Senior goaltender Sarah Mansfield made three saves for the Huskies and moved into a tie for first place on UConn’s all-time wins list with 58. Mansfield, who is 58-12 in four years at UConn, tied Danielle Vile’s record that has stood since the 1999 season.
UConn has now won 14 consecutive regular-season home games and the team is 74-6 at home since the start of the 2006 season.
Junior forward Anne Jeute gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead they would not relinquish at the 10:11 mark. Hunnable dribbled the ball into the Fairfield circle on a fast break and dished to Jeute who was deep in the circle. Jeute deflected the pass into the back of the net, past Caitlin Bennett.
UConn held a 13-2 edge in shots at halftime but led just 1-0 at the break. However, Hunnable broke the game open with goals at 39:33 and 44:20. The first came when she corralled a deflection in the circle and punched it into the goal. She followed that score with a redirection into the bottom right hand corner off of a nice feed from Bolles.
Bolles, the preseason Big East Offensive Player of the Year, added some insurance with a goal of her own at the 61:01 mark after she controlled a pass from Roisin Upton and tipped the ball into the corner from point blank range.
Hunnable now leads the way for UConn with four goals and 10 points while Bolles and Jeute each have seven points.
The shutout was Mansfield’s 20th of her career as she improved to 4-0 on the season. The game also saw her goals against average dip to 1.16.
No. 6 Syracuse 2, No. 7 Massachusetts 1
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Goals by Lauren Brooks and Leonie Geyer lifted No. 6 Syracuse (5-0) to a 2-1 victory versus No. 7 Massachusetts (6-0) in a battle of unbeatens in the home-opener at Coyne Stadium on Friday afternoon. The win extends the Orange's home winning streak to 37 games.
In a hard-fought defensive game that saw just 11 combined shots (seven by the Orange and four by the Minutewomen) the teams were tied 1-1 from the ninth minute to the 45th minute when Geyer scored the game-winner on a penalty corner shot with 25:07 remaining in the second half. It was the third score of the season for Geyer, a senior midfielder, and came off assists from Jordan Page and Emma Russell.
Brooks put SU on the board first just 3:20 into the game when she found the back of the net with a reverse-stick shot from the top of the circle off a feed from Alyssa Manley. The goal was Brooks' team-leading seventh of the season.
UMass tied the game just under five minutes later in the ninth minute when Molly MacDonnell tipped in a pass from Lindsay Bowman to knot the game at 1-1.
Syracuse's Jess Jecko and UMass' Sam Carlino each registered one save in goal. Jecko's was a big one as the sophomore made a diving stop off a penalty corner blast off the stick of Brooke Sabia with a little more than 11 minutes to go to preserve the 2-1 Syracuse advantage.
Syracuse has not lost at home since a 3-2 overtime defeat against Princeton on Sept. 9, 2009. The Orange has outscored the opposition, 157-30, during the streak.
No. 8 Iowa 7, Central Michigan 1
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa utilized a five-goal second half to defeat Central Michigan, 7-1, on Friday at Grant Field. The Hawkeyes improve their record to 4-1.
The Chippewas (2-3) struck first, pushing across the game's first goal 10 minutes into action, but it was all Iowa from then on.
The home team (2-1 at Grant Field) responded five minutes later. Iowa was awarded a penalty corner and converted. Senior Niki Schultheis pushed directly on the corner to junior Dani Hemeon, who slammed home the tying score.
At the 26:35 mark, Natalie Cafone dribbled in close and scored around the Central Michigan goalkeeper to give the Hawkeyes their first lead of the day.
"Our energy was low in the first half," Cafone said. "It was a lot different in the second half."
Following the intermission, freshman Stephanie Norlander scored her first goal of the contest eight minutes into the second period from the top of the circle, giving Iowa a 3-1 lead.
Norlander scored her second goal of the afternoon a couple minutes later from close range off a perfect pass from Schultheis.
"We had much better energy in the second half," Iowa head coach Tracey Griesbaum said. "We were a little sluggish and were not matching up defensively. Our players realized it was not just going to happen, they had to get more aggressive."
Iowa extended its lead to 6-1 on back-to-back goals just minutes apart by junior Sara Watro, before Cafone added her second goal of the day on a breakaway to make the final score 7-1.
No. 9 Duke 2, William & Mary 1
DURHAM, N.C. -- A goal by senior forward McKay Ross in the 62nd minute proved to be the difference Friday evening as Duke topped William & Mary 2-1 in non-conference action at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Ross’ late score broke a 1-1 tie, sending the Blue Devils to 4-1 on the fall and 3-0 in home contests.
Duke outshot its opponent for the second consecutive game, posting 15 shots to the Tribe’s six. The Blue Devils also led in shots on goal by a 9-5 margin, while each side earned four penalty corners.
“We had good control of the game and good pace of the game -- we just weren’t clean with it,” Duke head coach Pam Bustin said. “But after [Ross’] goal, it gave them the confidence that we can put it in and we are putting the pressure on them. We just need to take care of the ball, keep possession and protect the center.”
Both teams had penalty corner opportunities early in the match, but the two defenses -- aided by solid goalkeeping performances on either end -- responded in challenging fashion. Following four consecutive shots on goal, Duke broke through for a score in the 26th minute, as freshman Heather Morris notched her fourth goal of the season.
The 1-0 advantage in the Blue Devils’ favor would hold until the end of the half, with the home team leading in shots 7-1 and corners 2-1 at the break.
William & Mary’s Taylor Hodge fired the equalizer just six minutes into the second period, converting on a pass from Brittany Hopkins. However, Duke quickly regained momentum as the offensive unit continued to push the pace of the game. On the squad’s fourth penalty corner of the evening, a pair of Blue Devil shots glanced off the post before Ross reverse tipped in a touch from redshirt senior forward Devon Gagliardi. The goal in the 62nd minute was Ross’ first of the season, and also marked the first assist of the year for Gagliardi.
Duke held off late scoring threats by the Tribe to close out the 2-1 victory. William & Mary dropped to 2-3 with the loss.