November 6, 2009

Field Hockey Falls To Lock Haven In NEC Tournament Quarterfinals, 2-1

WEST WINDSOR, N.J. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey lost to Lock Haven, 2-1, in the Northeast Conference Semifinals at Mercer Community College in West Windsor, N.J. Freshman Kristen Engelke (Medord, N.J.) scored Quinnipiac's only game. Lock Haven advances to the NEC Tournament Championship Game to face Monmouth on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 12 p.m.

"We put together a very strong showing," head coach Becca Kohli said. "We played extremely well on both sides of the ball. When we were a man-down, we played excellent and scored, which is amazing. We had opportunities to score in this game and unfortunately we fell short."

Engelke scored late in the game to cut the Eagles' lead in half. Engelke's goal, at the 58:49 mark, was unassisted. Quinnipiac was playing shorthanded at the time after a 10-minute yellow card. The freshman scored her second goal of the season after a series of break-aways. After Lock Haven's goalie stopped the first attempt, she fell on top of the ball. Engelke was able to poke the rebound loose under the goalie and pop it into the net.

Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) finished the day with seven assists for the Bobcats. Grossman stopped one in the first half before stopping all six shots she saw down the stretch.

"Christine Grady and Jenna Grossman were awesome," Kohli said. "This was probably Christine Grady's best game of her career."

Lock Haven used goals by NEC leading scorer Amy Hordendorf and Suzann Hobart to build a 2-0 lead late in the game. Hordendorf was awarded a penalty stroke in the 10th minute of play. She converted on the attempt to give Lock Haven a 1-0 lead. Hobart scored with just under six minutes to play in the first half on an assist from Megan Albert.

"It's tough to describe right now. It's an awful feeling," Grady said. "I felt like we dominated that game at points. It was our game to lose, we had a couple of bad breaks."

The loss ends the Bobcats' season as they finish with a record of 6-12 overall, including a 5-3 mark in NEC play.