LHU field hockey rolls by Lehigh, extends win streak
LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Amy Stevens (Castle Creek, N.Y./Whitney Point) and Kayla Brathwaite (Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago/Bishop Anstey East) each scored twice, and rookie goalkeeper Mariana Birdthistle (Limerick, Ireland/Villers School) was brilliant in her first career start, as the Lock Haven University field hockey team (7-6) powered its way to a dominating, 4-1, win Sunday afternoon over visiting Lehigh University (5-7).
With the win, LHU capped a perfect 2-0 weekend and extended its win streak to three games. Lock Haven is now above .500 at 7-6 overall.
Stevens scored her first of two goals just 4:44 into the game off a pass from Taryn Piano (Temple, Pa./Muhlenberg). After collecting the crossing pass from Piano, Stevens made a brilliant move and tucked the ball home for the 1-0 lead.
Despite carrying the momentum of the game, Lock Haven clung to its 1-0 lead. before Brathwaite broke up the game with her first of two strikes. Her goal in the 42nd minute came off a pass from Jazmin Palma (Entre Rios Province, Argentina./Colegio Sagrado Corazon de Jesus) and put Lock Haven up, 2-0.
Stevens ran onto a long pass from Niamh Sexton (Fermoy Cork, Ireland/Loreto Secondary) and rocketed it home in the 49th minute for the 3-0 lead.
Brathwaite capped the LHU scoring in the 53rd minute when she scored on another strong individual effort.
Piano, Palma and Sexton were all credited with assists in the win.
Birdthistle looked impressive in her first career start and she finished with five saves on the way to her first career victory in goal.
Lehigh knocked home a late goal, spoiling LHU’s shutout attempt.
Brathwaite and Palma played well all over the field for Lock Haven.
Defensively, Karina Long (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), Taylor Plouse (Middletown, Pa./Lower Dauphin), Emily Robb (Millersville, Pa./Penn Manor), along with Sexton, led the charge from the back.
MacKenzie Farley (East Berlin, Pa./Bermudian Springs) turned in a notable performance as well.
Lock Haven held a 14-7 advantage in shots and a 7-3 advantage in penalty corners.
FRIDAY’S WIN OVER VCU (Fri, Oct. 11):
Goalkeeper Joaquina Orlandini made four saves, defender Karina Long preserved the shutout late with a defensive save and Kayla Brathwaite scored an incredible goal, as the Bald Eagle trio powered LHU to a, 1-0, victory over visiting Virginia Commonwealth Friday in Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) action.
With the win, Lock Haven improved to 4-1 in A-10 action. The victory pushed the Bald Eagles into sole possession of second place in the A-10 standings with three conferences games yet to play this season.
Brathwaite’s goal came in the second quarter after a sensational individual effort.
The Bald Eagles will return to action on Friday, October 18 at 3 p.m. when they host Massachusetts in Atlantic 10 Conference action.