Nov. 23, 2010

Courtesy of Bloomsburg Athletics

Amanda Riley (Tannersville, Pocono Mountain East) scored three goals and added one assist to lead the Bloomsburg University field hockey team to a 5-2 win over East Stroudsburg in an NCAA Division II first round playoff game.

With the win the Huskies advance to the NCAA semi-finals in Louisville, KY next week as part of the NCAA Division II Sports Festival and will face Shippensburg, the top-seed, that had a first round bye.

Bloomsburg will be making its ninth straight NCAA semi-final appearance and has won four consecutive national championships and seven of the last eight title. The Huskies are attempting to become the first field hockey team to ever win five straight NCAA titles.

East Stroudsburg came out strong in the opening minutes of the game and kept the ball in its offensive end getting off just one shot by Mallory Pope that went wide two and half minutes into the action.

Bloomsburg was finally able to change field position and got a run off the sideline by Jenna DiSabatino but the Warriors goalkeeper Maureen Ordnung was able to kick the ball away.

The Huskies finally broke through scoring off a restart with Riley connecting off a pass from Ashley Miller (Shermans Dale, West Perry) just 5:09 into the game for a 1-0 Bloomsburg lead.

East Stroudsburg came back and scored off its first penalty corner when Jessica Frantz redirected a shot by Caitlin Brownley off a pass from Brittany Kocis at the 8:00 minute mark.

After some back and forth play Riley put the Huskies up for good when she got around Ordnung who came out high and easily banged home her second goal to put the Huskies up 2-1.

The Huskies later made it 3-1 when Lindsay Danz (Rehoboth Beach, DE, Sussex Technical) took a feed from Riley and backhanded a shot past Ordnung with just over six minutes to go before halftime.

In the second half the Huskies kept the Warriors from establishing anything offensively allowing just three shots on goal in the final 35 minutes and just two shots in the first 25 minutes. Meanwhile the Huskies added to their lead when Lauren McGinley (Wilkes-Barre, Coughlin) scored off a Becca Sherman (Milford, Delaware Valley) assist at 44:19 for a 4-1 lead.

East Stroudsburg cut the margin back to two goals when Devin Whalen scored unassisted with just over eight minutes to play, but the Huskies put the game away when Riley scored her third goal redirecting a shot by McGinley for a 5-2 final.

Bloomsburg head coach Nikki Rhoads, in her first year with the Huskies after replacing Jan Hutchinson, was thrilled with the win.

I would not have expected such a margin in the game,” said Rhoads. East Stroudsburg is a fantastic team and has played us tough each and every time we have faced them. I am proud, though, the way my team played. I could not have asked for anything better.”

Bloomsburg improves to 19-2 and has now won 14 straight games. East Stroudsburg ends its season at 17-6.