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Field Hockey News & Highlights

November 04, 2012

Offense Prevails in Freedom Final


Senior Captains Brittany Moyer, Kelby Bolton, and Shannon Graybill become the second straight graduating class to win four Freedom Championships.

WILKES-BARRE, Pa.- Entering this afternoon's Freedom Conference Championship match, the top-seeded hosts King's College Monarchs led the league in goals against average, and the second-seeded Eastern Eagles led the league in every offensive category. Led by Brittany Moyer's seven point day, the high-powered Eastern attack rendered the old adage that 'defense wins championships' irrelevant with a convincing 7-2 win.

With 40 goals in the past six games, the pump was primed and the Eastern offense started the action in the sixth minute on their first of 13 penalty corners on the afternoon. Moyer, who was named Tournament MVP, pushed an insert to fellow senior Kelby Bolton. Bolton's blast through traffic banged off the backboard for a 1-0 lead.

A green card shortly after the goal slowed the Eastern attack briefly, but the Eagles found the the goal again in the 16th minute. This time, it was Jess Jaindl in front of the goal redirecting a Moyer shot around the King's goalie. That tally was Jaindl's 19th of the season. The junior would add another goal late in the game to give her 47 for her career. It is her fourth multi-goal game in the past five.

The Eagles built a 3-0 lead on another penalty corner goal in the 21st minute. This one came from Kelby Bolton's younger sister Megan. The Freedom Conference Rookie of the Year took the insert from Moyer and blasted a rocket to the right post for her ninth on the season.

Moyer, Jaindl and the Boltons all went to Christopher Dock High School and are part of a long tradition of players from the high school who have contributed to Eastern Field Hockey. In no year, however, has this 'Dock Dynasty' been more influential than this one. By the time the smoke had cleared from today's action, the four had amassed 165 points on 59 goals and 47 assists. Mahattanville is the only team in the Freedom Conference with more points than the four Dock graduates.

Lauren Gay jammed home a pass from Moyer in the 29th minute to give the Eagles a 4-0 lead. Moyer dug the ball out of the Monarch's goalkeeper pads and pushed it to Gay for a clean finish.

"Brittany did some great things in the circle today," Assistant Coach Leslie Messick said of the Tournament MVP, "but she also did great work out in the field. She is peaking at the right time." Moyer made it 5-0 after Kelby Bolton blasted a shot that the Monarch goalie stopped in her pads. Moyer pulled the ball out of the control of the goalie and then shoved it right through the goalkeeper for her sixteenth goal of the year.

King's pulled one back on a beautiful goal from Alyssa Monaghan shortly before time expired in the first half. Though they held a 5-1 lead at the break, the game statistics were considerably more even. Eastern had ten shots to six for the Monarchs, but the hosts doubled up the Eagles with a 10-5 edge in penalty corners.

"Penalty corners were important today," Messick added, "we scored on three of them and our defense did a really good job of keeping them from getting good looks."

Midway through the second half, the Monarchs cut the deficit to 5-2 on a goal from leading scorer Calli Berryman, but the Eagles answered with their third penalty corner goal of the day in the 62nd minute. This time, it was Megan Bolton driving home the Moyer insert.

Moyer's five-assist day is the first of her career, and it gives her an astounding 29 for the season. At the end of last week, Moyer was the only player in the country to average more than an assist per game. Thanks in large part to the work of her teammates on penalty corners, she will most likely finish as the national leader in assists per game. She has shattered Eastern's previous single-season record of sixteen. Her 61 points this year breaks the single-season record set 22 years ago by Eastern Hall of Honor Inductee Beth Sellers. Her 50 career assists is a new career standard for the Eastern program, and she moves into fourth on the all-time career points list with 138. 

Jaindl finished the scoring in the 68th minute with a rebound off a ball sent into the circle by Kelby Bolton. 

Kylie Jones made five saves to pick up the win in goal. 

Head Coach Camrin Azzarano was pleased with her team's performance throughout the stretch run. She cited the loss at King's in the regular season as an important turning point for her team. The Eagles  are 9-1 since then with two wins over nationally-ranked opponents and 56 goals scored.

With their fifth straight Freedom Conference Championship the No. 18 Eagles earn a bid to this year's NCAA Tournament. They will find out their opponent and the location and time of their game when NCAA Selections are announced tomorrow. Follow @EUEagles on Twitter for immediate updates on NCAA selections.

Box Score 

Updated: Sunday, 04 November 2012


Camrin Azzarano

Camrin Azzarano

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

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