Thursday, November 2, 2017

Comeback Falls Short as Wilkes Field Hockey Loses MAC Freedom Semifinal 3-2 at Misericordia

DALLAS, Pa. – The No. 3 seed Wilkes University field hockey team was defeated 3-2 Wednesday night in a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom semifinal contest at No. 2 seed Misericordia University. The Lady Colonels trailed by two goals twice in the game but were able to battle to the final horn with an opportunity to force overtime after a goal by junior Haley Gayoski with 5:52 left.

Senior Marissa Surdy scored the first goal of the game for Wilkes to finish her career with 51 and in a tie with Kim Kaskel’s total from 1992-95 for the school record. Her goal came 2:38 into the second half with Wilkes facing a 2-0 deficit. She received a long pass in at the top of the circle from Gayoski and let a backhand shot rip that found the cage for her tenth goal of the season. The assist was the fifth of the season for Gayoski.

Misericordia was able to regain its two-goal lead at 3-1 in the 44th minute after a penalty corner resulted in a shot being deflected and then put into an open cage by Rebecca Kaschak with Dallas Kendra down trying to clear the ball.

In the second meeting within six days between the two teams, it looked as if the final score would be the same until Wilkes mounted a comeback effort led by Gayoski.

She stole the ball near midfield and then stick-handled around three Cougars defenders into the top right of the circle where she found space and fired a shot that went through the screen set by junior Megan Kane on the Misericordia goalkeeper and found the left side of the cage. The goal at the 64:08 mark pulled Wilkes back within one goal and was the eighth goal of the season for Gayoski.

With four minutes remaining the Lady Colonels earned two consecutive penalty corners but were unable to convert for the tying goal.

Misericordia moved to 11-8 on the season with its eighth consecutive win after starting the season 0-6. The Cougars were able to take a 1-0 lead just over 13 minutes into the game when Haley Gruber jammed in a loose ball at the right post after a shot in on a penalty corner. With just two seconds left in the first half Colby Eldridge scored on a second effort after her initial shot was blocked by a Lady Colonels stick to give Misericordia the 2-0 halftime lead.

Both teams had four shots on goal in the game. Kendra made one save in the contest that kept the score 1-0 in the 26th minute.

It was the fifth straight season the Lady Colonels were in the MAC Freedom Tournament and they finished the 2017 season with an 8-10 overall record.

In addition to tying the school career-goals record, Surdy already possessed the record for points and assists. She closed out her career at 147 points on 51 goals and 45 assists.

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