Sept. 3, 2011
PHILADELPHIA - Senior captain Ellen Rowe scored her first two goals of the season, but the Saint Joseph's field hockey squad fell to the red-hot Ohio University Bobcats, 7-2, on Saturday afternoon at Temple's Geasey Field. Senior Theresa Testa assisted on both Hawk goals in the game, SJU's opener in the Temple Tournament.
"This was one of those games where we played well, but just didn't score," said Saint Joseph's head coach Michelle Finegan. "Shots were even [between the two teams], and we had the advantage in corners. We just weren't able to take advantage. Ohio is a good team."
Saint Joseph's (0-3) carried the offensive play early, but it was the Bobcats that started off the scoring nearly eight minutes in. Katherine Fenzel sent a long ball in towards the cage that looked to be headed wide before Brooke Edwards redirected it past Liz Messaros and into the cage for the game's first tally. Four minutes later, Ohio would double its lead on a goal by Laura Mastro.
After a timeout, Rowe opened her account for the season to cut the deficit to one. The senior captain inserted the ball on a penalty corner before receiving a long pass from Testa, which she converted into her first goal of 2011.
The rest of the half was a back-and-forth affair, but Ohio (4-0) restored its two-goal lead with 2:24 remaining in the half on a goal by Cathryn Altdoerffer.
The Bobcats extended their lead 15 minutes into the second stanza when Marissa Higgins connected on a diving shot that pushed Ohio's lead to 4-1. OU would score again four minutes later on a blast from the top of the arc by Taylor Brown that sailed into the top corner of the cage.
Testa and Rowe connected again with 11 minutes left in the contest as Rowe once again slotted home a long ball from Testa after a penalty corner.
That would be all for the Hawks, but Ohio tallied twice more as Altdoerffer and Edwards each added a second goal on the day to close out the scoring.
Both teams took 16 shots in the game, with Ohio's Jen McGill leading the way with seven saves. SJU enjoyed a 10-4 advantage in penalty corners, including a 7-2 edge in the second half.
The Hawks are back in action on Geasey Field tomorrow afternoon as Saint Joseph's meets Towson in Temple Tournament action. The game is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start.