A second-half eruption gave EMU's field hockey women control in a 6-2 win over Transylvania University on Monday, snapping a three-game losing skid. The Royals (5-7) trailed 1-0 at halftime before rallying for the huge second half.
They'll look to carry the momentum back into conference play on Wednesday when they host Bridgewater College. Start time on EMU's Turf Field will be at 5:00pm.
Monday's game displayed two drastically different halves. Transylvania (4-9) controlled the opening minutes and scored just 7:22 in after a penalty corner. The Royals, meanwhile attempt just one shot over the opening 30 minutes. Despite not scoring over the final five of the frame, they were awarded four penalty corners and took two shots, starting to turn the momentum.
Eastern Mennonite made the needed adjustments at halftime and dominated play.
Finally after 12 minutes, the Royals broke through, with Alyssa Gore (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem) tipping in an attempt from Lorraine Armstrong (Greencastle, Pa./Greencastle-Antrim) to tie it up at 1-1. Less than a minute later, Armstrong assisted again, this time finding Emily Price (Hampton, Va./Homeschool) for a cager and a 2-1 EMU lead.
The Pioneers regrouped and got their own equalizer in the 51st minute, but EMU kept coming.
TU's goalie broke up a long pass, but Armstrong stole her attempt to clear and the senior fired a shot from the top of circle to put the Royals back on top in the 52nd minute.
The trickle then became a flood as Price and Mikayla Martin (Colorado Springs, Colo./Lewis Palmer) teamed up for three straight goals. Martin fed Price on a 3-on-1 fastbreak before sending her a long pass in the 60th minute to complete a hat trick of goals for Price. Another minute later, Price found her teammate after pulling out the Pioneer's goalie, providing the final 6-2 margin.
The come-from-behind win marked the first time in Coach E.A. Jackson's two seasons that the Royals won a game in which they trailed at halftime.
EMU fired 10 shots in the decisive second half, finishing with a 13-12 margin after being out-shot in the first.
Price's outburst earned her second hat trick of the year. She is also fourth in the ODAC with her nine goals. With her assist, she tied her career high with seven points in a game.
Armstrong and Martin each finished with one goal and two assists.
Hannah Daley (Lothian, Md./Southern) took over in goal at halftime for the Royals and proved a difference-maker. She made four saves. Michelle Danek (Fredericksburg, Va./Stafford) had one save in the first.
Sweet Briar Game Rescheduled
The rained-out game at Sweet Briar from Oct. 8 has been rescheduled for next Tuesday, Oct. 25. Start time on the road will be at 4:00pm.
But the new date gives EMU an extremely busy slate over a two-week span. Eastern Mennonite will end up playing seven games in a 15-day period, including the season finale hosting over Lynchburg on Oct. 29.
Coach Jackson said the women connected their passes in the key second half: