An Afternoon Of Field Hockey, Syracuse v Umass Lowell and Maryland v New Hampshire

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Syracuse vs Umass Lowell

Umass Lowell has only been in Division One for a short time but they gave Syracuse all they could handle. Syracuse came away with with the statistic that counts, a one goal win. In every other category it was Umass who had the edge. Umass lead in shots ( 14-8), SOG (12-2), and corners (4-6). The majority of the game was a defensive battle with Umass carrying the game to the Orange. It looked for a moment that “The River Rocks,” would score the first goal in the fourth quarter but Hoffman from Syracuse made a spectacular diving save, stopping what looked like a goal dribbling into the net. Ironically this would lead to the winning goal by freshman Charlotte DeVries, (number 10) who was to beat a sole defender on the counter attack- break away. It was DeVries third goal of the season and second game winner. On Friday she not only got the tying goal against Vermont but the winner in overtime.

The  Syracuse freshman goal keeper Sara Sinck put in nearly 58 minutes and to date has an 88 percent save percentage between the two games.

Syracuse of course is Lafayette’s next opponent and the Leopards must find some way to contain DeVries who is the real deal. She was ranked the number 10 recruit in the country by Max Sports. Syracuse did not make the NCAA playoffs last year and came in last in the very tough ACC. However, they were ranked 18 th in the NFHCA pre- season poll. The 6pm game tomorrow will be Syracuse’s 3rd game in 4 days.

Maryland vs New Hampshire

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As I wrote earlier this year,  I would travel to other NCAA Division One games. I had the afternoon free and decided to make the short trip the University of Maryland who were to challenge the University of New Hampshire. Both were experiencing their second game. New Hampshire lost 4-2 to American and Maryland had beaten Richmond on Friday 5-1.

In a short conversation with Missy Meharg before the game she lauded her team who has great talent. Given the rule change to 15 minute quarters, she had the enviable concern of getting playing time to all who deserve it. She needn’t have been concerned because the 5-0 score and athletic domination of the game allowed her to sub in almost everyone included her goalkeeper. The stats tell it all. The Terps had 25 shots to UNH’s 6, along with a two corner advantage, 6-4.

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At the beginning of the game from the sidelines it seemed like UNH were like deers in headlights, before they settled in. However, the obvious athleticism of Maryland was to carry the day. I am sure Missy Meharg, the fine coach she is, will need to polish up their execution in coming weeks, as it is obvious to me that their best game is in front of them.

The first goal came at 2:36 on a penalty corner, the second at 21:54 on a chip shot and goal off another corner and rebound at 24:10. That was a warm up for the second half when the fourth goal  came at 50 minutes,  and short time later the last goal was put with an assist.

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Maryland’s preseason ranking is 2nd in country and based on their ability certainly deserve it. It is a young but deep team who will undoubtedly be there at the end in the playoffs. As always, there is a need to polish things up and the team will have 5 days to do that before traveling to Evanston, Ill. for the ACC/Big Ten Cup. They will first meet with Boston College. I have included several photos taken from the position  I try to occupy at every game I attend including Lafayette. Enjoy!!!

Since Maryland is a Big Ten school the game was played using  video replay which was used once reversing a referees decision.

In other games, PL and other future opponents were busy. American lost to Richmond in overtime 3-2, William and Mary topped Duke decisively 4-0, Bucknell got past Lock Haven 1-0, Liberty dominated JMU 5-1, and Northeastern tripped up Monmouth 3-2 in overtime.

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 20 year fan of Division one field hockey

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