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Tribe Field Hockey Extends Streak to Four with 3-0 Win Over Liberty
Updated: Tuesday 09/02/2012 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary field hockey team outlasted both its opponents and Mother Nature Sunday afternoon to come away with a 3-0 victory at Liberty.  The win moves the Tribe to 4-0 on the season, while the Flames fall to 2-2 overall.

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The victory was also remarkable for more than just extending the College's winning streak to open the year, it also marked the 300th win of head coach Peel Hawthorne's '81 career.  She has coached the Tribe to 269 of those with a further 31 coming in four years at Connecticut College.  Hawthorne is the 13th head coach in Division I history to win 300 games, and is tied for 10th among all active coaches.  Including her four years as a standout player for the Tribe, she has had a hand in 312 of W&M's 397 victories since 1973 (78.6%).

The standouts of the match included redshirt-sophomore Jesse Ebner (Sinking Spring, Pa.), who scored the third game-winner of her career in the 33rd minute.  After the two teams had played 21 scoreless minutes, play was suspended for more than 2.5 hours due to lightning.  Upon the resumption, Ebner broke the ice with a goal off of a penalty corner opportunity.  Ebner started the play, then hung around the goal as the ball was passed around by her teammates.  Finally, senior captain Maria Caro (Martinsville, N.J.) got the ball and fired a pass back to Ebner, who was able to tuck the ball inside the near post for her second goal of the year.

Coming out for the second half, the Tribe kept the pressure on and kept knocking at the door to try and extend the lead.  The breakthrough came at the end of the 50th minute, when sophomore Brittany Hopkins (Springfield, Va.) got the ball on the right wing.  Seeing Allison Moran (Wynnewood, Pa.) streaking into the circle, Hopkins sent the ball on in.  The senior received the ball on the run, and beat the goalkeeper in close for her third goal of the season.

The third and final tally came with just over seven minutes remaining, and it was started by Moran.  With the Tribe on the attack, play in the scoring circle quickly broke down into a scramble.  Moran had the ball, and spotting a thin fault in the defense, threaded a pass through to freshman Pip Saunders (Mittagong, NSW).  Saunders' powerful stroke redirected the ball into the back of the boards, giving her the first goal of her young career at the College.

Overall in the game, W&M held a 21-2 advantage in shots, and both of Liberty's tries were stopped by the defense well in front of senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Frey (Virginia Beach, Va.).  Frey went the distance for the win and the shutout, which was the second of her career.

After four matches on the road, William and Mary will be at home for the next four matches on the schedule.  Starting the homestand is a 7 p.m. meeting with Radford on Friday night, Sept. 7.









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