ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - Shenandoah defeated St. Mary's College of Maryland 3-2 in a non-league field hockey match Wednesday afternoon.
The Hornets (6-1) scored two quick goals in the first three minutes of the game to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Seahawks (1-4) responded to the fast start with a goal in the seventh minute before Kayla Alderman scored what proved to be the game-winning goal midway through the first half.
HOW IT HAPPENED
01:06 | Taylor Hayes scored an unassisted goal at the top of the circle on the first penalty corner of the game.
02:47 | Morgan Payne inserted a corner to Hayes once again. Hayes took a hard shot that was a little outside but Payne was waiting at the far post and redirected the ball into the goal.
06:09 | Mollie Belson serviced the ball to Meghan Ronan on a penalty corner.
63:37 | Alyssa Demski scored an unassisted goal to bring the Seahawks within one.
QUOTES FROM COACH
"It's always tough playing after a long bus ride," said Head Coach Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft. "The women started off quick and were resilient through a lot of uncontrollable circumstances. I am happy to have this win as a strong start to a week with three games."
SU plays on Saturday, September 22 at Mary Washington in a noon non-league match.
SMCM outshot SU 10-8.
Shenandoah had the slight advantage in penalty corners 6-5.
Goalie Isabella Morande made seven saves in the contest.
The 6-1 start is the best start since Smeltzer-Kraft took over the program in 2013.
The Hornets have won the last four in a row against St. Mary's and hold a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series.