It's been feast or famine for Eastern Mennonite's field hockey team. After Friday afternoon's 5-0 loss at Denison, the Royals stand with a record of 3-3, but an average margin of 4.5 goals per game. Unfortunately for the women, the margin came up famine against the Big Red.
Denison snuck in the lead in the 7th minute after a close range cross. The chances remained light for both teams until home team broke things open in the 16th minute. Getting three goals in the span of less than eight minutes, the Big Red led 4-0 just 24 minutes into the game.
A goal midway through the second provided the final margin.
Eastern Mennonite finally settled down and eventually took over during the final three-and-a-half minutes. The Royals peppered eight shots over that closing stretch, including six on goal, but Denison's defense held firm for the shutout.
EMU finished with a shooting advantage in the second half at 14-11, despite being out-shot 26-16 for the game. Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) took four of those attempts.
The Royals stay in Granville, Ohio, for the weekend and will play a neutral-site match against Concordia (Wisc.) on Sunday. The Falcons, who lost 3-1 at Houghton (N.Y.) Friday night, play Denison on Saturday. Sunday's start time is 11:00am.