The Royals scored two goals in the opening 11 minutes and goalie Kelsey Troyer (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) broke EMU's career saves record as the field hockey women beat Wesley 3-1 for their fifth straight victory.
Troyer racked up 11 saves in the win to keep the Wolverines potent offense at bay. The senior now has 392 career saves to pass the previous record of 389 held by Hall of Honor member Jen Kooker (1992-95).
The Royals (6-1) haven't lost since a decision at Sewanee on Sept. 2. Friday's win continues the best start for the team since the 2008 season. EMU started 7-1 that year.
Kayla Maret (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) got the women on the board in the 10th minute, finishing off a gritty play by sticking in her own rebounded shot after a corner. Just 1:31 later, freshman Rachel Breslin (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) hit the cage to make it a 2–0 margin.
Wesley regroup quickly, however, and scored in the 14th minute to cut the lead in half and keep the pressure on EMU. But 9:41 before the half, Hannah Nichols (Fredericksburg, Va./Chancellor) broke through in a big way to stick in her first collegiate goal and give the women the momentum back. An All-America indoor 800m runner for EMU's track team as a freshman in 2017, Nichols has utilized her speed to co-lead the Royals with three assists in her first field hockey season.
With the 3-1 lead, the rest of the game belonged to Troyer and her teammates on the back line.
With 3:45 left in the first half, Troyer made a highlight reel save after a Wolverine corner, diving to her right to snuff out a weak side attempt from the Wesley inserter. She had seven saves at half time and added four more after the break. Rachel Musselman (Denver, Pa./Cocalico) helped the defense lock things down in the second half, where she made all three of her defensive saves.
Wesley earned a 10-6 shot advantage over the final 35 minutes, as well as a 6-2 margin in corners, but the Royals held firm. Each team finished with 15 shots on goal.
Breslin led all players with eight shots, including seven that were on target. Maret added five attempts.
Troyer now has 51 saves this season to lead the ODAC. She is third in the league with an .850 save percentage.
Eastern Mennonite takes their 6-1 record to McDaniel on Wednesday, before returning home for their ODAC opener against Virginia Wesleyan next Saturday.