Field Hockey News & Highlights
September 28, 2013
Eagles Outlast King's; Bolton Cages Three
Eastern Field Hockey climbed back above .500 with a 5-4 win over King's College (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles jumped to a 3-0 lead, only to have the Monarchs claw back their way back to a 4-4 tie. Eastern sophomore Megan Bolton (Souderton, Pa./ Christopher Dock) scored her third goal of the game in the 66th minute to put Eastern ahead for good.
Eastern's Lauren Gay (York, Pa./ West York) and Abby Wagner (Glen Rock, Pa./ Susquehannock) also scored in the Eagles' win. Alexa Borelli (Wilmington, Del./ Brandywine) recorded three assists, and Kaycie Andrew (Leighton, Pa./ Leighton) and Lauren Gay each recorded a helper.
The Eagles went up 1-0 in the eighth minute with Megan Bolton crushing a ball inserted on a corner by Alexa Borrelli. In the start of the tenth minute the Eagles scored again as Sarah Webb played a nice cross in from the right wing that Kaycie Andrew touched to Lauren Gay for the score. Within the next minute, the Eagles caught the monarchs on their heels and scored with Gay finding Wagner for the score on the right post.
The Monarchs got on the board in the 23rd minute and scored in the 47th minute to cut Eastern's lead to 3-2.
Bolton tallied her second corner-play goal of the game in the 50th minute, blasting a shot to the right of the keeper.
King's however, was not going away, and they scored in the the 61st and 63rd minutes to tie the game. Eastern called a timeout at that point and then began to whittle away at the remaining game time, earning four consecutive corners and finally scoring on the fourth one, with Bolton again scoring a launch from the edge of the circle. The Eagles held on to that 5-4 lead for the victory.
All told, the Eagles earned 19 penalty corners, including 12 in the second half. King's earned six penalty corners. Eagles' head coach Camrin Azzarano complimented the corner tandem of Bolton and Borrelli, noting their execution and composure. "Megan executes so quickly," she said. "Her execution and Alexa Borrelli's inserts have been excellent--she put an extra zip on that last corner. The reality is that they're executing the strike faster than defenses can get out on us."
Bolton leads the Eagles with nine goals this season. Borrelli has seven assists.
The Eagles take on Messiah on the road at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Updated: Saturday, 28 September 2013