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Field Hockey News & Highlights

November 02, 2012

Eagles Ward Off Devils, Advance To Finals

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Kelby Bolton (No. 9) assisted two goals in Friday's semifinal win, and Abby Wagner (No. 21) scored three goals.

ST. DAVIDS, Pa.--Eastern Field Hockey held off the visiting FDU-Florham Devils 7-4 on a cold Friday afternoon to advance to the Freedom Conference finals.

The Eagles led 5-0 in the 41st minute in what looked like a potential blowout, however the Devils closed the gap, rallying for four straight goals in the second half. The Eagles staved off the comeback with two insurance goals in the 66th minute.

Junior Abby Wagner's hat trick proved to be the difference in the win. Wagner, who last scored Oct. 6, could not have picked a better time for the offensive explosion. Wagner now has seven goals this season.

Senior Brittany Moyer bookended Eastern's scoring with her two goals while junior Jess Jaindl and freshman Lauren Gay also scored in the win.

After 23 minutes of scoreless play and a freak hail storm, Moyer put the Eagles on the board, finishing a ball from Lauren Gay. Three minutes later, Gay put another ball past Misericordia goalie Tess Loughran and this time Wagner was there to slide the ball into the net for the first of her three goals. Wagner put the Eagles up 3-0 less than a minute later, knocking in a cross from Kelby Bolton. Wagner completed her hat trick three minutes into the second half. On a fast break, Jaindl got the keeper to challenge her near the top of the circle and Jaindl slotted the ball to Wagner who beat her defender to the right post for the score.

Jaindl gave Eastern the 5-0 lead in the 41st minute with her 18th goal of the season, a team high. Jaindl received the pass from Moyer on the baseline and finished in front of the net.

The Devils got on the scoreboard with a penalty stroke by Leanna Grotyohann at the end of the 41st minute.

Abby Wagner said she thought that the penalty stroke was a momentum-changer in favor of the Devils. "I think when the stroke happened it got into our heads and it got into their heads and it made them rally," she said. "But we came back and fought hard."

The Devils scored twice more in the next four minutes and crept to within one with a Lanie Andrews goal in the 61st minute. Andrews, the Devils leading scorer this season, exited the game 13 seconds later after receiving a yellow card. Eastern took advantage of the player-up situation and scored in the 65th minute. Lauren Gay scored her fourth goal of the year, finishing a pass from Brittany Moyer in front of the goal after a penalty corner. Moyer put Eastern up 7-4 thirty seconds later after putting in a pass from Kelby Bolton.

Moyer's two assists today give her 24 this season and 45 in her career. Moyer's two assists and two goals give her 54 points this season and 131 in her career.

Eastern faces King's College on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Freedom Conference Championship. The Eagles, who are going for their fifth consecutive Freedom Conference title, suffered their only conference loss of the season at King's on Sept. 29. Abby Wagner said she was confident in the team's ability to redeem themselves on the road against the Monarchs. "We're going to practice tomorrow morning and we're going to get rest and eat well and focus . . . and win."

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Updated: Monday, 05 November 2012

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Camrin Azzarano

Camrin Azzarano

Coach Azzarano has led Eastern Field Hockey to five straight Freedom Conference Championships.

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