SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Susquehanna University's field
hockey team defeated Landmark rival Moravian College, 6-0, on
Senior Day on Oct. 23.
All three seniors that played in the game recorded at least one point.
Senior back Julia Amendola (Mountain Top, Pa./Bishop Hoban) notched the first goal for the Crusaders (10-6, 4-1) in the 15th minute off a centering pass to the top of the D by junior back Diana Mask (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant).
Just eight minutes later, Mask picked up her second assist of the game when her shot was deflected in by senior midfielder Rebecca Entwistle (Wall Twp., N.J./Wall) to give SU a 2-0 lead over Moravian (5-10, 0-5).
SU increased its lead to 3-0, after sophomore midfielder Ally Bradley (Jamison, Pa./Central Bucks South) netted a penalty stroke just 1:58 after the Entwistle goal.
Less than a minute later, Bradley registered her team-leading 15th goal of the season after batting in a deflected shot out of mid air by senior back Samantha Reitz (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) to end the scoring in the first half. The assist is the first one in Reitz's four-year career.
In the second half, it did not take the Crusaders long to continue their scoring. Entwistle tallied her second goal of the contest off a pass from Bradley just six minutes in.
The final goal of the contest was scored off another deflected shot. Amendola’s shot on goal was re-directed by freshman forward Danielle Waleko (Wainscott, N.Y./East Hampton) in the 58th minute of play.
Junior Erin Ferguson (Mount Laurel, N.J./Seneca) earned her seventh victory of the season and picked up her fourth shutout of the year by making five saves in all 70 minutes of play. Ferguson is tied for second in the Landmark this season in shutouts.
The Crusaders controlled the game offensively, holding a 17-5 advantage in shots and forced 15 corners to Moravian’s seven.
With the win, Susquehanna has clinched a spot in the Landmark Conference championship for the third straight season. The Crusaders are currently a half game ahead of Catholic and Drew for the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Next Game: Wednesday, Oct. 27, vs. Elmira, 4:30 p.m.