Tuesday, October 31, 2017

No. 3 Wilkes Field Hockey Set to Travel to No. 2 Misericordia for MAC Freedom Semifinals on Wednesday

WILKES-BARRE – For the fifth consecutive year, the Wilkes University field hockey team has qualified for the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom Tournament, and will head to Misericordia University on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket prices set by the MAC office are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for students (with ID), and free for children under six years of age.

Misericordia's Sports Information department will provide live stats and video links for fans that are unable to attend the game.

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This matchup marks the first time the two teams will meet in the conference tournament since 2013, when the Lady Colonels defeated the Cougars 2-1 in overtime on a penalty stroke in the 76th minute from Ashley Hahn '14 to capture the programs' sixth conference championship.

The two teams met less than a week ago when Misericordia defeated Wilkes 3-1 to close out the regular season.

Wilkes enters the semifinal matchup 4-3 in MAC Freedom play and winners of five of its previous six contests. The Lady Colonels are led by Marissa Surdy, who has nine goals and six assists for 24 points. Surdy ranks seventh in goals, fifth in assists, and seventh in points. Wilkes is also led by Megan Kane's seven goals, seven assists, and 21 points, ranking ninth, second, and ninth in the conference, respectively.

Goalkeeper Dallas Kendra has gone 8-8 overall, making 77 saves with a 2.35 goals against average and a .670 save percentage. Kendra ranks fifth in the conference in goals against average, seventh in saves, and seventh in minutes played (1131:36), and has recorded two shutouts, currently standing in third on the Wilkes all-time career record list.

Misericordia enters the home semifinal game 6-1 in the MAC Freedom. The Cougars lone loss in conference play came to No. 1 seed FDU-Florham back on September 23rd. Misericordia is led by senior Colby Eldridge, who has 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points, ranking in the top-10 in the conference in all three categories. Junior Haley Gruber and freshman Madisyn Granoski have both recorded six goals and four assists for 16 points.

In goal, sophomore Katelyn Campbell has made 90 saves with a 2.19 goals against average and a .703 save percentage.

Should the Lady Colonels emerge victorious, Wilkes will face the winner of the semifinal between FDU-Florham and DeSales on Saturday at the highest remaining seed.

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