EMU's field hockey women gave a good effort against nationally ranked Mary Washington Wednesday night at home, eventually falling by a final of 10-1. The Eagles (4-1) came into the game at No. 17 in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Coaches Poll.
Eastern Mennonite settles at 3-3 after the loss, completing a busy season-opening stretch of six games in 12 days. The women now have an extended break until their next game, an ODAC affair at Randolph-Macon on Sept. 24.
Mary Washington jumped on the board quickly against EMU, hitting the cage three times in the opening 10 minutes. The visitors led 5-0 at halftime.
Despite the deficit in the second half, the Royals kept pushing to the final horn. They made a few rallies into the offensive end and scored in the 51st minute. After a blocked shot in front of the cage, freshman Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) grabbed the ball and centered it where Mikayla Martin (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) quickly flicked it in for an EMU score.
The Eagles added five goals in the second to produce the final margin.
Goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) racked up a season high 16 saves in the game, her third straight double-digit effort. Clover Cooper (Barboursville, Va./Orange County) picked up a defensive save.