Field Hockey News & Highlights
October 31, 2013
Bolton's OT Stroke Ends Season With A Bang
Sophomore defender Megan Bolton provided the overtime heroics, nailing a penalty stroke at the end of the 78th minute and giving the Eagles the 4-3 sudden victory.
Bolton's goal was her 16th this season and her sixth successful penalty stroke in as many attempts.
Senior forward Jess Jaindl concluded her career with a two-goal night, putting the Eagles on the board in the first half and then forcing overtime with her second half goal. Jaindl graduates as the second leading scorer all-time at Eastern with 62 career goals. She finished with 14 goals this season. Her 136 points are also sixth-best at Eastern.
Eastern fell behind early after Haverford scored in the fourth minute. It wasn't until the 30th minute that the Eagles got on the board with an unassisted goal by Jaindl. Less than two minutes later, the Fords regained the lead. Eastern took one last chance seven seconds before halftime, but freshman Jade Etter's shot was saved by Haverford keeper Lindsey Lopes.
Shortly after returning to the field for the second half, the Eagles earned a penalty corner. Danielle Frasca inserted the corner pass to Megan Bolton who ripped a shot that senior Abby Wagner guided into the cage for her sixth goal this season and tying the game at 2-2. Wagner concludes her Eastern career with 29 goals.
Eagles' sophomore keeper Jennifer O'Neill then helped keep the game tied at 2-2 with three consecutive saves, but the Fords' Jacque Fagan put a penalty stroke goal past O'Neill in the 43rd minute, unbalancing the scoresheet once again in the Fords' favor.
Seven minutes after Haverford took the lead, the Eagles knotted the game at 3-3 when Jaindl finished a shot by Etter that rebounded off Haverford's Lopes. O'Neill finished with seven saves. She wrapped up the season with a 7-3 record and 54 saves.
Eagles' freshman defender Kalyn Detweiler came up with a crucial defensive save in the 58th minute to help keep the game even. The Eagles took one more shot after that point and the Fords four more, but the game was destined for overtime, the fourth overtime game for the Eagles this year.
Right as the eighth minute of overtime was about to elapse, Jade Etter earned a penalty stroke for the Eagles. Etter had been going on a breakaway but was taken down right at the circle.
Then it was Bolton, sinking the game-winner on her sixth successful penalty stroke. Bolton has three game-winning goals this season.
Seniors Jess Jaindl, Abby Wagner, Sarah Webb and Alyssa Baughman close the book on their careers. The four seniors were all key players to Eastern Field Hockey teams that won three conference championships, advanced to the Elite Eight in 2010 with the best record in school history, and accumulated 57 wins over their four-year span.
The 2013 season concludes for the Eagles, much earlier than they wanted and earlier than many expected, but not without a bit of last-minute excitement and measures of hope for a talented squad retuning next year.
Updated: Thursday, 31 October 2013