Pacific Field Hockey Places Sixth at NorPac After 3-1 Loss to Radford
A two-goal first half was enough for the Radford Highlanders to hold off the Pacific field hockey team as the Tigers dropped a 3-1 decision Friday afternoon to finish sixth in the NorPac Tournament. Senior Kelly Perkins (Gilroy, Calif.) scored in the second half for the Tigers, her 12th career goal and team-leading sixth of the season.
The Highlanders recorded a pair of goals in the first half, and after Perkins cut the lead in half with 18 minutes left, Radford iced the game with under three minutes remaining. The Tigers complete the season at 2-16 overall. Radford finishes fifth in the NorPac with a final record of 9-11.
Pacific was out-shot 26-12 for the match, but just 11-10 in shots on goal, while Radford held a 17-5 edge in penalty corners.
Megan Lenhardt scored on a penalty corner in the 11th minute, off an assist from Lynsey Daughtrey to give Radford a 1-0 lead. Lenhardt's third goal of the year came at 10:38 of the first half.
Perkins and senior Megan Pederson (Escondido, Calif.) were denied on back-to-back chances by Radford goalkeeper Jennifer Wisniewski in the 15th and 16th minutes, as the Tigers still trailed by a goal until Radford's Melissa Register scored at the 21:39 mark. Register finished a scramble in front for the rebound after a shot by Madonna Wadolowski for her fourth goal of the season and a 2-0 Highlanders' edge.
The Tigers defense blocked a pair of shots by Lara Carkiner, including one on a penalty corner, but Pacific's efforts to cut into the margin before the half were thwarted when Wisniewski denied Perkins on two shots late in the first half, and another of her shots was blocked by the Highlanders defense.
Pacific was out-shot 16-5 in the first half, but Tigers senior goalkeeper Christina Niccum (Simi Valley, Calif.) made five saves to keep Pacific close.
In the second half, sophomore Ashlee Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) took over in goal and recorded a save in the 42nd minute on a shot by Radford's Marlee Schramm.
The Tigers had a pair of chances early in the second half, but Wisniewski turned away shots by sophomore Victoria Matsumoto (Vista, Calif.) and sophomore Samantha Romero (Gilroy, Calif.) in the first six minutes of the second half.
Perkins cut the margin in half at the 51:12 mark, as a shot from senior Sarah Miceli (Los Gatos, Calif.) was saved, but freshman Maggie Grindatti (Saco, Maine) passed the rebound over to Perkins and the Tigers' leading scorer knocked it home to pull within 2-1 with 18:48 remaining.
But Wisniewski stopped freshman Emily Tregoning (San Jose, Calif.) on a shot in the 54th minute, and then denied sophomore Jenna Vivian (Gilroy, Calif.) in the 56th minute, as the Tigers couldn't draw even.
From there, Radford sealed the game when Daugherty hit the post on a penalty corner and followed her own shot, scoring off the rebound for the final 3-1 margin.
Schlesier recorded three saves in her 35 minutes of work, while Wisniewski made nine saves for the win.
Perkins closes her career with 12 goals after leading the team in scoring this season with six goals and two assists.