NEWBERRY – The Newberry College field hockey team (5-10, 1-6 ECAC) was defeated Sunday by Eastern College Athletic Conference foe Lindenwood (12-3, 6-1 ECAC) 6-1 at Setzler Field. The Lions currently top the ECAC regular season standings.
Newberry started out strong defensively as Dakota Elzy stopped Graycen Dave’s shot heading for the right corner. Tayla Stocksdale recorded a defensive save to keep the Lions off the board in the first 10 minutes.
Lindenwood scored three goals in the first half. Elzy notched two saves in goal in the first period for Newberry.
The Wolves started out the second half strong as Kristyna Oyola registered a shot on goal and earned a penalty corner.
After the Lions scored their fourth goal, Newberry received two more penalty corners and Caitlyn Warren’s shot sailed just wide left. Warren also saw her shot saved two minutes later by the Lindenwood goalkeeper.
Newberry continued to push the pace of play towards the Lions’ side of the field. Elise Utne fired a shot on goal. Haley Smith found the rebound to score her first goal of the season. Utne tallied her first career assist and Smith notched her first career goal.
Tara Robben had four shots, three of which were on goal, for Lindenwood. Skylar Starbeck picked up the win for the Lions. Newberry recorded seven shots in the second half, five of which were on frame. Elzy recorded four saves in net.
Newberry will face Belmont Abbey (3-10) Thursday at Setzler Field. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
On Friday night, Newberry College posted a great defensive effort against Bellarmine (10-5, 4-2 ECAC) but fell just short, as the Wolves fell to the Knights 1-0 in an Eastern College Athletic Conference contest at Setzler Field.
Just seven minutes into the contest, Brady Keeler had a great opportunity to score that was just high of the net. In the 22nd minute, Kristyna Oyola received a pass in the circle and had her shot blocked by a Bellarmine defender.
The Knights got on the board a few minutes later. Aimee Ilgenfritz scored a tap-in goal after receiving a cross from the right side. Illgenfriz notched her seventh of the season to put Bellarmine ahead 1-0.
Early in the second half, Dakota Elzy made back-to-back saves to keep the Knights off the board. Bellarmine was able to get away only nine shots all night thanks to a strong Newberry defense.
The Wolves had one more opportunity to score on a penalty corner to end the game. Caitlyn Warren received the corner at the top of the circle and blasted a shot on goal. The Bellarmine goaltender made the save to give the Knights the victory.
Elzy totaled six saves in net for Newberry. Heather Gregory made one save in a shutout for Bellarmine.
This release was provided by Newberry College.