Lauren Hartzler (Manheim, Pa./Manheim Central) scored her first collegiate hat trick and goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) added 10 saves as EMU rolled over Notre Dame of Maryland, 5-0, in field hockey action Saturday afternoon in Harrisonburg.
The Royals improved their record to 3-1 as they earned their second shutout of the young season.
The win was also the first contest in a five-game homestand, which continues next Wednesday when Frostburg State visits at 7:00pm.
A rain shower rolled through Harrisonburg about 90 minutes before game time on Saturday, and the sogginess seemed to translate to a slow start for EMU. It took until the 24th minute for the Royals to get on the board when Skylar Hedgepeth (Smithfield, Va./Smithfield) knocked in her first career goal. The freshman took a pass from Hartzler on a breakaway and quickly stuck it between the goalie's legs for a 1-0 lead.
That started an outburst, as classmate Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) scored 31 seconds later, dribbling into the circle and hitting the right side of the cage.
Then in the 29th minute, Hartzler scored her first goal, driving in a penalty stroke to give EMU a 3-0 lead at halftime.
For the first 20 minutes after the intermission, the Gators kept their deficit at three. Hartzler changed that in the 56th minute, taking a corner insert from Madeline Mast (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) and driving in a long shot from the top of the circle.
Two minutes later, Hartzler finished off her hat trick. Breslin fed her a centering pass and a quick swing from Hartzler slammed it home.
In the following minutes, Notre Dame made a hard attempt to get on the board, earning a pair of corners and firing five shots. But Troyer stood firm, earning four of her saves in that span, including the final on a penalty stroke in the 62nd minute. The big stop from Troyer cut the wind out of the Gators' sails and they couldn't muster another shot the rest of the way.
Led by Hartzler and Breslin each notching six shots, EMU had a 28-15 shot advantage.
Troyer now has 35 saves on the season, averaging 8.75 per game, with an impressive .854 save percentage.