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Field Hockey Falls To Longwood On Late Goal

Nov 7, 2013

The Pacific Field Hockey team fell to the Longwood Lancers, 2-1, Thursday evening in a NorPac Championship Quarterfinal on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on a Longwood goal with just over a minute left in regulation. The Tigers fall to 4-14 with the loss, and will continue  NorPac Championships competition in consolation round play against Davidson on Friday. Longwood will advance to the conference semifinals, matching up against No. 10 Stanford, also on Friday afternoon.

Pacific's offensive attack came out firing, as the Tigers rocketed nine shots in the first half while holding Longwood to only four. Seniors Emily Tregoning and Paige Counsman had scoring chances denied early in the first half before Longwood's offense was able to put away a goal. Rachel Lombardi tipped in a pass from Stacey de Grandhomme past Pacific goalkeeper sophomore Molly Macierz for a 1-0 Lancers lead at the 19:14 mark of the first half.

Pacific has perhaps its best scoring chance of the first half after a penalty stroke was awarded to the Orange and Black at the 24:26 mark. However, Counsman was unable to get past Longwood goalkeeper Kaye Goulding, the NorPac East Defensive Player of the Year, and the Tiger deficit would remain 1-0.

Pacific would add four more shots in the half, but Goulding or the Liberty defense would have answers for them all, and Pacific went into the intermission break down 1-0, despite outshooting Longwood.

The second half had a familiar feel, as once again Pacific came out of the break aggressive on offense, tallying four shots in the first ten minutes of action. Pacific finally broke through after a penalty corner was awarded to the Tigers at the 51 minute mark. Kyleigh Morrison's original attempt was redirected, but Paige Counsman tipped in a pass from Melissa Maultbsy in front of the cage to tie the contest at 1-1.

At the 62 minute mark of play, a yellow card was issued to Longwood's Emily Leonard, and Pacific had a woman advantage for five minutes. Emily Tregoning's shot went wide and the Lancers went back to full strength.

After a penalty corner was awarded to the Lancers at 68:39, Longwood's Jordan Chapman scored off the rebound from a blocked shot, her attempt trickling into the right side of the net for the late 2-1 lead.

Pacific finished the contest with a 17-16 advantage in shots. Counsman and Tregoning both fired six shots, while junior Kayley Brown and freshman Kyleigh Morrison had a pair each. Macierz had four saves for Pacific while Goulding made nine saves for the Lancers.

The Tigers will finish their season Friday afternoon against Davidson in the consolation round of the NorPac Championships. The contest will begin at 3:30pm Pacific time. Live stats will be available at PacificTigers.com

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