Field Hockey News & Highlights
November 07, 2012
Jaindl Tally Lifts Eagles to Sweet 16
The host Diplomats scored almost before the crowd was fully seated. In the third minute, Chelsea Talhelm earned the circle and blasted a shot from just inside the circle through traffic to the back post. The goal came on F & M's first shot of the match.
Dating back to a 3-1 win over Eastern in early September, F & M had won 18 straight contests. The Diplomats had fashioned their winning streak with timely scoring and defense. The Centennial Conference Champions had allowed under 0.75 goals a game for the year.
Eastern meanwhile, came into this evening's NCAA opener on a seven-game winning streak. In that streak, the Eastern attack pounded out nearly seven goals a game.
"We talked before the game," Head Coach Camrin Azzarano noted, "that this was not going to be a wide-open game like that, and that we were going to have to find a way."
As their coach predicted, goals were hard to come by. The Eagles found themselves stopped again and again by F & M goalie Avery Koep. The junior stopped seven Eastern shots in the first half as the hosts held the 1-0 lead into the intermission. After the early goal, the Eastern defense allowed only three more shots on frame in the opening period and Kylie Jones, playing in front of a home crowd in Lancaster was able to turn away each of those chances to keep the score within one. The first year net-minder had her best save when she dropped into a full split to stop Talhelm's chance from close range in the ninth minute.
Both teams had 11 total shots and four penalty corners in the opening half, but F & M held the advantage in the most important category.
The second half was Eastern's. The Eagles, behind the darting runs of Brittany Moyer got into the circle, but Koep and the F & M defense were able to hold off the Eastern surge until the midway point of the half.
Shannon Graybill started the action on the game-tying goal. The senior midfielder pushed her way through traffic into the circle on the left wing. With a second defender closing the gap, Graybill dropped the ball back to Jaindl at the edge of the circle. Jaindl pushed the ball onto her strong stick and fired toward the near post. Moyer reached the ball first and redirected it over Koep's pads for her 17th of the year.
"As soon as I saw Jessie get it I sprinted at the near post," Moyer said, "the ball was perfect, and I had my stick ready." The goal is a change of roles for the two. Moyer leads the nation with 29 assists, and Jaindl is typically on the other end of the pass.
Jaindl was on the other end for the game-winner. Kelby Bolton earned possession in the back half of the field and took advantage of the extra space available in overtime with a strong run and pass upfield to Lauren Gay. Gay's first touch was true, and the first year forward carried the ball with pace at the F & M goal. When the last defender committed, Gay found Jaindl on the back post. Jaindl used a quick spin and a reverse stick shot to slide the game-winner past the onrushing goalkeeper.
Jaindl's 21st tally of the year sends the Eagles (16-5) back to the Sweet 16. Moyer and Jaindl both continue their assault on the Eastern record books. Jaindl's 21st goal on the season puts her alone in seventh on the single-season goal list. She also moved into a tie for seventh in career goals with 49.
Moyer keeps her point streak alive with the goal. She has 17 goals and 29 assists for 63 points. The 63 points is a single-season record. Her 140 career points put her within an assist of third on the Eastern career list. Most remarkably, the senior has 46 points in the last 34 days. She leads the nation with 29 assists, but on Oct. 5th, she had nine.
The Eagles will take on the University of Mary Washington Eagles (18-1) at 10 am this Saturday. The two schools have only one common opponent. Eastern beat Lebanon Valley 3-0 at Lebanon Valley on September 8. Exactly one week before, Mary Washington beat Lebanon Valley 3-2.
Updated: Thursday, 08 November 2012