Quick Turnaround Hurts Field Hockey Women

Bri Miller got EMU on the board with her first goal of the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)
Bri Miller got EMU on the board with her first goal of the season. (photo by Scott Eyre)

Only 13 hours after completing a game Saturday night, EMU's field hockey women were back on the field Sunday morning at Sewanee. The minimized break between games hindered the Royals from the start as they suffered a 5-2 loss to Sewanee.

Eastern Mennonite had beaten Transylvania on Saturday, although game time had been bumped from early afternoon to 8:00pm because of lightning. The Tigers were the main benefactors of Sunday's 10:30am start, scoring three goals over the opening 11 minutes. They added one more late in the half to lead 4-0 at the break.

Despite the deficit, the Royals came out with a renewed purpose in the second half and earning a pair of corners in the opening three minutes. Finally in the 53rd minute, EMU broke through when Bri Miller (Gloucester, Va./Gloucester) hit the cage.

Less than five minutes later, Kayla Maret (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) cut the margin to 4-2 when she scored after a corner. Maret also assisted on Saturday's goal, giving the sophomore midfielder the first points of her career.

The comeback ran out of steam, however, as Sewanee tacked on a goal with 10 minutes remaining to provide the final 5-2 margin.

Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) played great in goal, making 17 saves to help keep the Royals in the game. The total tied her highest single game mark since the first game of the 2016 season.

Even though they were out-shot on the day, EMU had a 9-7 advantage in penalty corners. Maret and Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) each fired a pair of shots.

After making the long drive back from Tennessee, the Royals head back on the road on Tuesday, playing at Goucher in Towson, Md., Tuesday. Game time is 7:00pm.