Price And Royals Roll Over Visiting Gators, 9-1

Emily Price (center) celebrates one of her three goals against Notre Dame. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Emily Price (center) celebrates one of her three goals against Notre Dame. (photo by Scott Eyre)
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Freshman Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) caged a hat trick to highlight an all-around team effort as EMU rolled over Notre Dame (Md.) in field hockey action Sunday in Harrisonburg. The 9-1 win over the Gators bumps Eastern Mennonite's record to 4-4 as they prepare for ODAC play.

The Royals play at Shenandoah Wednesday at 4:00pm.

With their fourth win of the season, the women have already surpassed their win total from last fall (three) and have tied their most wins since the 2011 season. The offensive flurry pushed EMU's scoring output to 23 on the season, also bettering the mark from all of last year, which was 19.

The women won possession of the opening ball against Notre Dame and controlled play from that opening touch. They didn't score until the ninth minute, but when they did the floodgates opened.

Price started things off by punching in her own rebounded shot. Less than a minute later, Julie Burkhardt (Perkasie, Pa./PA Cyber) found a loose ball in front and stuck it in for a 2-0 lead. Before the dust had settled on the second score, Price pushed up on a break and dribbled around the goalie for a 3-0 margin, giving the Royals a tally in three consecutive minutes.

After a quiet spell, Alyssa Gore (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) scored in the 23rd minute, getting a nice centering pass from Mikayla Martin (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer). Lorraine Armstrong (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) flipped a shot into the upper part of the cage in the 29th to make it 5-0.

The Gators got inside two minutes later, with Jessica Wells scoring through traffic on her team's only shot of the half. EMU led 5-1 at the intermission.

Despite the big first stanza, Eastern Mennonite didn't lose concentration. A mere 1:13 into the second, Price found Burkhardt on the weak side of an attack and the sophomore made a quick tap in. Armstrong fired a great sweep into the left of the cage in the 45th minute to match Burkhardt with her second of the game and fourth of the year.

After getting an assist in the first, Martin got her own goal in the 52nd after cutting in behind Notre Dame's goalie. Then Price bookended the scoring, getting a great through ball from Emily Augsburger (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) to score her third with 33.8 seconds remaining.

The Royals had a 40-2 advantage in shots and 11-0 in penalty corners.

Click here to see all the photos taken by photographer Scott Eyre at the EMU game against Notre Dame.

Coach E.A. Jackson said this year's team has a different personality than last year's: