Sunday, September 3, 2017

Field Hockey - Huskies Handles Queens University, 7-2, To Open Regular Season

BOX SCORECHARLOTTE, N.C. - The eighth-ranked Bloomsburg University field hockey team opened the 2017 campaign with an impressive 7-2 victory at Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday afternoon. It marked the season opener for both teams.
Bloomsburg's seven goals against the Royals marked the most scored by the Huskies in a single game since a 13-1 victory at Newberry College on September 7, 2014. Newberry will be the Huskies' opponent on Sunday morning, September 3, at 11:00 a.m. in Charlotte.

Junior Abby Sauder (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) led the team with two goals while junior Brooke Zeiders (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area), in her first game in a Bloomsburg uniform, added a goal and two assists to pace the Huskies' offense with four points apiece.

Bloomsburg jumped out to a 4-0 lead at halftime as the Huskies outshot the Royals, 17-2, in the opening 35 minutes of action. Sauder got the visitors on the board with an unassisted goal nine and a-half minutes into the contest. Zeiders followed with her first Bloomsburg goal just over three minutes later to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead. Junior Tali Wehner (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg) was credited with her first of two assists on the day.

Freshman Cheyenne Ott (Mount Bethel, Pa./Bangor) extended the lead to 3-0 with her first collegiate goal at 19:03. Zeiders set up the tally with a beautiful give-and-go. Sophomore Tesa Hoffman (Freeburg, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) then notched her first collegiate goal off of a penalty corner with 7:16 left in the first half to build the advantage to 4-0. Wehner picked up her second helper of the day on the goal.

Intermission did not slow down the Huskies as Bloomsburg ballooned the lead to 5-0 just 58 seconds into the second half when senior MacKenna Mahan (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) finished off a give-and-go feed from sophomore Ali McKay(Dover, Del./Polytech). Senior Sally DeLuca (West Pittston, Pa./Wyoming Area) followed with her first goal since the 13-1 win at Newberry on September 7, 2014, to extend the Huskies lead to 6-0 with just under 18 minutes left. Zeiders picked up the assist on DeLuca's marker.

Queens got on the scoreboard with back-to-back goals less than four minutes apart to cut the Bloomsburg lead to 6-2 and to end freshman goalkeeper Dana Sheply (Maple Shade, N.J./Maple Shade)'s shutout bid. But, Sauder added her second goal of the game off of a penalty corner with 2:09 left to cap off the scoring. Ott picked up the assist.

Sauder's two-goal game was the first of her collegiate career as she had scored one goal on six different occasions over her first two seasons prior to Saturday's effort.

Bloomsburg finished the contest with a 28-9 shot advantage and a 9-2 edge in penalty corners. Sheply, making her first career start in goal, was credited with one save in the victory. Kelsey Fringer made nine saves for Queens in a losing effort.

The Huskies will remain in Charlotte for an 11:00 a.m. contest against Newberry College. The Huskies are 1-1 lifetime against the Wolves in the all-time series.

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