EMU's field hockey women had a balanced effort in a thorough 6-0 romp over Bryn Mawr College Saturday afternoon in Chambersburg, Pa. Combined with Friday's 3-0 decision against host Wilson, Eastern Mennonite won the 2016 Wilson College Invitational.
At 3-2 on the season, the field hockey women have already equaled their win total from 2015. EMU is also above .500 for the first time since late in the 2011 season, a year they finished 10-11.
The women were in control from the opening touch against the Owls. Alyssa Gore (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) tipped in a pass from Courtney Ray (Yorktown, Va./York) in the seventh minute for her first career goal. Lorraine Armstrong (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) then assisted Mikayla Martin (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) in the 27th before adding her own seven minutes later to give EMU a 3-0 lead at halftime.
After a 10-1 advantage in shots over the first 35 minutes, the Royals kept up the pressure in the second. Martin knocked in an unassisted score eight minutes into the frame. Over the final 10 minutes, freshman Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) finally got her first goals. She finished an assist from Martin in the 62nd minute, and added another one four minutes later to produce the final 6-0 margin.
EMU had a 22-2 shot advantage in the game. Armstrong had six attempts, all on goal, to go with her cager and assist. Price had four shots and two goals. Martin was the top point-scorer with two goals and an assist.
Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) made one save between the pipes.
Defender Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) was named the MVP of the Wilson College Invitational as she helped the Royals throw a pair of shutouts. The junior also scored a goal in the win over Wilson.
The Royals get a big test next time out, a date at Denison University next Friday. The women will stay in Granville, Ohio, for a neutral-site game against Concordia (Wisc.) that Sunday.