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Strong Scoring Performance Gives Indoor USWNT Win Over Australia in First Match

SPRING CITY, Pa. - The U.S. Women's National Indoor Team got off to a good start in the first of their six-games by beating the visiting Australia's Women's National Indoor Development Team, 9-0.

Goals came at regular intervals in the first half through Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) (2), Katherine Gerzabek (Springfield, Pa.) (2 PC), Ali Campbell (Boyertown, Pa.) (1 PC) and Samantha Popper (Blue Bell, Pa.) (1 PC). Paityn Wirth (Thompsontown, Pa.) scored an individual goal in the 24th minute, Gerzabeck added her third off a rebound in the 28th minute and Wirth rounded out the scoring with four minutes to go.

The second game of the Indoor USWNT against Australia's Development Team will take place tomorrow, Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Training Center in Spring City, Pa. Admission is free to all matches so come out and support Team USA.

Goal Scoring Summary:
Team     Minute     Player     Action     Score
 USA      3      #3 Barham      FG      1 - 0
 USA      5      #3 Barham      FG      2 - 0
 USA      6      #4 Gerzabek      PC      3 - 0
 USA      7      #30 Campbell      PC      4 - 0
 USA      11      Popper      PC      5 - 0
 USA      14      #4 Gerzabek      FG      6 - 0
 USA      24      Wirth      FG      7 - 0
 USA      28      #4 Gerzabek      FG      8 - 0
 USA      36      Wirth     FG      9 - 0

USFHA media release

AHL Day Three Round-up & Highlights

Ben Somerford

NSW Waratahs took a big stride towards the Australian Hockey League (AHL) semi-finals after defeating India 1-0 on day three of the Men’s Tournament at Perth Hockey Stadium on Saturday.

Blake Govers (37’) scored the only goal of the game, shortly after teammate Kurt Lovett was yellow carded in the third period.

The Waratahs, who beat ACT 3-0 on day one, moved a win clear on top of Pool B, with India, Northern Territory and WA all square on one win after two matches.

NT claimed their maiden victory with a 3-2 triumph over winless ACT on Saturday.

Oscar Wookey (24’) put NT ahead, before the Lakers hit back via Niranjan Gupte (32’) and Troy Sutherland (35’).

The Stingers equalised almost immediately through Isaac Farmilo (36’), before he scored the winner in the final period on 52 minutes.

In Pool A, Queensland Blades knocked off New Zealand’s Development side 6-1, lifting them level on points with pool leaders Victoria after two games.

Scott Boyde and Daniel Beale scored doubles for Queensland, while Matthew Swann and Troy Elder also hit the scoresheet, with Dylan Thomas scoring New Zealand’s goal.

On Sunday, Tasmania play Victoria (5pm) and ACT meet WA (7pm).

In the Women’s Tournament, WA Diamonds and NSW Arrows underlined their credentials with big wins over Northern Territory and India respectively.

WA knocked off NT 5-0 in Pool A with Kathryn Slattery hitting a brace, including the opener from a penalty corner.

The Diamonds scored three goals from penalty corners, with Rachel Frusher and Penny Squibb also having success, while Roos Broek scored the other.

NSW crushed India 7-0 in Pool B with Hockeyroos forward Emily Smith scoring two goals including a 48th minute penalty stroke.

Courtney Schonell, Jaime Hemmingway and Jessica Watterson all scored as the Arrows raced to a four-goal lead inside 20 minutes. Kaitlin Nobbs (46’) and Abigail Wilson (52’) added the other goals.

New Zealand beat ACT Strikers 2-0 in Pool A courtesy of goals from Megan Hull (36’) and Deanna Ritchie (58’). The result leaves the Strikers without a win after two games.

On Sunday, Tasmania face Victoria (1pm) and WA tackle Queensland (3pm) in a big game.

Hockey Australia media release

AHL 2017: Both India men's A team and women's A team lose their second match in Perth

India A men’s hockey team lost to New South Wales 0-1 in a closely fought encounter on Saturday.

With the likes of Tom Craig, Blake Govers, Kieran Govers, Matthew Dawson, Ben Craig to name a few in the NSW squad who have played for the Australian National Team, the encounter against them meant that the Indian Men had to come with their best game plan. It helped that the team’s defence was strong enough to keep NSW forwards from making successful forays into India’s circle.

With goalless first and second quarter, the final 30 minutes of the match promised to be tense. It was NSW who scored first when Blake Govers beat the Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak brought into the match in the second quarter. This 37th minute field goal helped NSW take the much-needed 1-0 lead over India.

The final 15 minutes saw Indian forwards make desperate attempts to equalize but couldn’t find any success. There was nerve-biting action with NSW keeping up the pressure and eventually walking home with the winners’ points.

For the women's A team, the second match in their maiden appearance at the 2017 Women’s AHL turned out to be one-sided as they were overpowered by New South Wales (NSW) with a 7-0 win.

NSW took a strong 3-0 lead in the first quarter of the match putting India on a back foot. It was field goals by Emily Smith (2’), Courtney Schonell (6’) and Jaime Hemmingway (12’) that gave NSW an early edge over the visitors.

Jessica Watterson added another goal to NSW tally in the 18th minute taking their overall lead to a dominating 4-0 in the second quarter. India, however, seemed to recover from the early setback as they put up a controlled defence in the following minutes that restricted NSW forwards from making easy forays into India’s circle. The change in defence-approach paid off as India kept NSW from scoring goals in the remaining minutes of the second and third quarter.

On the other hand, breaking a strong NSW defence was a tough task for Preeti Dubey & Co. Repeated attempts by Indian forwards led by the skipper herself to make successful circle penetrations was mired by a well-structured NSW defence.

The final 15 minutes though saw an urgency in NSW to end the match on a winning note as they increased the intensity of their attack. A major error in the circle saw India give away a penalty stroke in the 46th minute which was successfully converted by Kaitlin Nobbs. Another penalty stroke given away in the 48th minute saw NSW take their total score to 6-0 with Emily Smith converting the goal. Abigail Wilson’s 52nd minute field goal took NSW’s winning score to 7-0.

India A women's team play South Australia in their next Pool B encounter at 15.00 hrs IST and India A men play Northern Territory in their next Pool B encounter at 10.30 hrs IST on 2 October.


India A men's hockey team loses 0-1 to New South Wales

PERTH: India A men's hockey team went down to New South Wales 0-1 in a closely fought encounter at the 2017 men's Australian Hockey League here.

India A, who had got off to a rollicking start with a 4-1 win over Western Australia in their opening match, gave their best as well before going down by a solitary goal.

With the likes of Tom Craig, Blake Govers, Kieran Govers, Matthew Dawson and Ben Craig in the NSW squad - all of whom have played for the Australian national team - the Indians had to come with their best game plan.

Indians put up a strong defence to keep NSW forwards from making successful forays into their circle.

With goalless first and second quarter, the final 30 minutes of the match promised to be a tense battle.

NSW managed to net the ball in the 37th minute when Blake Govers beat the Indian goalkeeper Krishan Pathak, who was brought into the match in the second quarter, to score a field goal.

The final 15 minutes saw Indian forwards make desperate attempts to equalise but they failed to succeed. There was nerve-biting action with NSW keeping up the pressure and eventually walking home with the winners' points.

On Monday, India A will clash with Northern Territory in their next Pool B encounter.

The Times of India

McIntyre’s Wimbledon and Bloemendaal given perfect stage for hockey showcase

©: Frank Uijlenbroek/ World Sport Pics

Wimbledon’s Gordon McIntyre says the English club’s date with HC Bloemendaal next week in ROUND of the EHL is a perfect “showcase” for both clubs to display their best hockey.

The meeting between his club – who reached the FINAL4 last season – and the two-time EHL champions is one of the mouth-watering ties at the Pau Negre Stadium, Barcelona at 16.15 (CET) on Friday.

Looking ahead to the tie, the Scottish international said: “Ideally an easier draw would've been better in the long run but getting Bloemendaal is a great opportunity for us to showcase what we can do. It's really unfortunate that one of us won't be there in KO16!

“I haven't seen much of them this season but what I have seen has only made me more excited to get out there!”

So far, Wimbledon have played just one game this season, a competitive draw with an emerging Beeston last weekend. The Londoners face city rivals Hampstead & Westminster on Sunday in their second tie, their last before taking on Bloemendaal.

And McIntyre says his side are bouyant and buzzing for the challenges that await.

“The mood in the camp coming into the EHL is excitement and everyone is ready to go. Preseason has been tough this year due to the addition of new players, international tournaments, and players needing some well-deserved rest. However, the team has gelled well and there is strong competition for places so we are looking forward to a good season.

“The players coming in have strengthened each of the lines. Iain Lewers provides a top class defender who can threaten with long passes. Ali Brogdon gives us even more pace and skill in our attacking players.

“Jonty Griffiths will help solidify the defence as well as add a different attacking threat for us. Ed Horler has already showed through preseason he is a big threat and hopefully, he can keep the goals coming.”

It will be Wimbledon’s third EHL tournament of 2017 – the only club to be in that position – after they beat UHC Hamburg and German champs Mannheimer HC in April in Eindhoven before enduring a tough weekend in June in Antwerp at the FINAL4.

Nonetheless, it was an unforgettable experience for McIntyre and his teammates and a feeling he would love to recreate.

“I had previous experience with Beeston in getting to KO8 a couple of times but never managing to progress. The feeling when Bally [Phil Ball] scored the winning penalty against Mannheimer was unbelievable – to beat two top German sides back to back was a great credit to how strong our team was.

“Unfortunately, it didn't end so well for us in the FINAL4 but it was still a valuable learning experience and helped identify where we need to improve and, with that experience along with new players, hopefully, we can be successful again this season.”

Once the Bloemendaal tie is done and dusted, they will go on to meet Austria’s record champions SV Arminen on Saturday hoping that top spot from Pool A and qualification for the KO16 is on the line.

Euro Hockey League media release

Martin at the double as Surbiton beat Clifton Robinsons

Leicester defend as Laura Unsworth looks for a way through. Credit Andrew Smith

Hannah Martin scored twice as defending champions Surbiton defeated Clifton Robinsons 3-1 in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.

Surbiton were held at Canterbury last weekend whilst Clifton Robinsons started their season with a 2-0 victory, but the hosts were in control early on Saturday.

Martin opened the scoring with a field goal just two minutes in, before Isabelle Petter doubled the advantage three minutes later.

Tara Chittenden gave Clifton hope when she converted a penalty corner on the stroke of half time, but Martin grabbed her second 10 minutes after the restart to secure the points for Surbiton.

It looks set to be another competitive season with no side having a 100 per cent record after two games.

Elsewhere, Leicester got their season off and running with a 2-0 home victory against East Grinstead.

Goals from Katie Long and Phoebe Willars saw the hosts claim the points, as East Grinstead are still yet to score this season.

Two winners from the opening day met as Bowdon Hightown entertained Slough, but the sides could not be separated as the game ended goalless.

Holcombe made it four teams tied on four points after a 3-1 victory at home against the University of Birmingham.

Eleanor Watton broke the deadlock just before the interval, with Leah Wilkinson doubling the advantage on 43 minutes.

Lily Owsley struck to halve the deficit on 51 minutes, but Steph Elliott opened her account for the season to seal victory nine minutes from time.

Buckingham got their first victory after returning to the top flight, running out 4-2 winners at home to Canterbury.

The hosts were comfortable at the break, Natasha James, Zoe Shipperley and Kitty Higgins all converting penalty corners for a 3-0 lead.

Emily Rowlands extended the advantage in the second half, before strikes from Mel Clewlow and Lucy Hyams in the last ten minutes gave Canterbury some consolation.

Investec Conference North

Sophie Robinson was in outstanding form as she fired four goals in Beeston’s 8-0 win over Wakefield to put them top of the Investec Women’s Conference North after the first two games.

Brooklands Poynton have also won both of their games and are second on goal difference after a 7-0 defeat of Liverpool Sefton away from home. Claire Wallace starred for the visitors, hitting a hat-trick.

Sutton Coldfield hold a 100 per cent record too after beating Timperley 5-2, Bethan Merriman their hat-trick hero taking her season tally to four.

Sophia Crawshay was among the goals again this week netting twice for Fylde in their 3-2 defeat of Loughborough Students and Anna Baker’s goal was enough to give the University of Durham a 1-0 win over Ben Rhydding.

Investec Conference East

Hampstead and Westminster are the early pacesetters in the Investec Women’s Conference East, they made it two wins from two with a 6-1 win over Barnes.

Jasmine Clark scored twice with Louise Radford, Lauren Turner, Hayley Turner and Sarah Robertson all on target.

Sevenoaks also have maximum points after two games, Cathy Gilliat-Smith firing a hat-trick in a comfortable 7-0 win over Southgate.

Bedford remain unbeaten after a 1-1 draw at home to Chelmsford, Kate Costin’s second goal in as many games cancelled out by Bryony Lund nine minutes from time.

Wimbledon are off and running after a 3-1 win at Cambridge City, all three goals coming in the last ten minutes, whilst Elizabeth Clymer scored the only goal as Harleston Magpies defeated St Albans.

Investec Conference West

Three teams have two wins from two games in the Investec Women’s Conference West but it is Stourport who top the table with the best goals total with nine.

Lora Symonds helped them boost their tally with a treble in their 4-2 win against Olton and West Warwicks.

Reading were 3-0 victors against Cannock with Sophie Shakespeare, Keelie Perham and Emily Harris all on target. Trojans maintained their perfect start with a 1-0 win against Gloucester City courtesy of a Philippa Stewart goal.

Swansea City eased to a 3-0 win against Team Bath Buccaneers and Oxford Hawks beat Isca 2-1, Caro Harris scoring the winner three minutes from time.

* Full results, tables and fixtures from the Investec Women’s Hockey League is available here - http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/page_noside.asp?section=2342§ionTitle=Fixtures%2C+Results+%26+Standings

England Hockey Board Media release

Saturday round-up – September 30

A busy day across the Irish EY Hockey League and the Leinster and Munster Division One for both men and women; check out all the results from UCD vs Cork Harlequins from Belfield

EY Hockey League: Annadale 1 (P Caruth) Three Rock Rovers 7 (R Pautz 4, B Walker 2, R Canning); Cookstown 2 (M Kerr, S Smyth) Pembroke 3 (A Sothern 2, C Mushiete); Lisnagarvey 4 (M Nelson, J Corry, J Lorimer, A Williamson) Monkstown 2 (K Lynch, A Ward); Railway Union 0 Banbridge 4 (J Wright, L Witherow, A Tinney, D Ward).

Leinster Division 1: Dublin North 4 (E Bane 2, R West 2) Kilkenny 1 (D Coffey); UCD 4 (J Guilfoyle, D Nolan, A Meates, A Keane) Clontarf 1 (S Cassidy); Avoca 2 (J McCormack 2) Trinity 1 (W King); Weston 2 (K Bell 2) Rathgar 4 (S Gould, A Malcolm, J Willoughby, S Ludgate); Corinthian v YMCA – postponed

Munster Division 1: Cork C of I B 2 (P Sweetnam, K O’Dea) Bandon 3 (D Smith 2, C Sweetnam); Limerick 5 (N Eacrett, C Morrow, Q Eacrett, J Hodkinson, J von Maydell) Cork Harlequins 1 (A Dale); UCC 4 (S Jermyn 2, A Power, C Kingston) Ashton 0.

EY Hockey League: Ards 2 (F Brown, C Brown) Pembroke Wanderers 1 (G Pinder); Belfast Harlequins 3 (L Geddes, Z Wilson, R Johnston) Hermes-Monkstown 2 (L Lloyd, S Hoban-Logan); Loreto 1 (N Small) Railway Union 1 (N Carey); Pegasus 6 (A Speers 2, S Thompson 2, K McKee, H Grieve) Trinity 1 (R O’Brien); UCD 1 (Deirdre Duke) Cork Harlequins 2 (Roisin Upton, Naomi Carroll).

Women’s Division 1: Old Alex 2 (S O’Mahony 2) Clontarf 0; Rathgar 0 Muckross 3 (Y Pratt 2, S Barnwell); North Kildare 0 Genesis 0; Our Lady’s 2 (C Scallan, S McPhillips) Avoca 0; Corinthian 4 (C McGowan 2, J McGrane, A Kinlan) Glenanne 3 (K O’Connor, E Griffin, H Morrin)

Munster Division 1: Bandon 3 (K Desmond 2, S Sullivan) Limerick 0; Catholic Institute 3 (E Ryan 2, C O’Shea) Ashton 0.

The Hook

WIldcats claw their way into Pole position

Western Wildcats leapt into top spot in the Scottish first division on goal difference from Grange after beating Dundee Wanderers 6-0 at Auchenhowie. Wildcats were three up at the interval, Andrew McConnell scored twice while Matt McGinley got the other. Wildcats continued to add to Wanderers misery after the break with further strikes by Rhury Smith, Richard Pollok, and finally Owen Jenkins-Garcia.

In contrast Grange made heavy weather of disposing of a plucky Hillhead side, only a last gasp strike by Luke Cranney for a 3-2 preserved the blushes and the Edinburgh side`s winning sequence. Grange had most of the possession and chances in the first half but failed to break the deadlock, both Frank Ryan and Jacob Tweedie shot wide while Callum McKenzie`s opportunity was blocked by keeper Jamie Frail.  The Edinburgh side were finally rewarded when Ryan did all the build-up work and captain Cammie Fraser finished off the move with a low shot from close range. Hillhead stuck to their task and a flowing move opened up the Grange defence leaving a diving Adam Carmichael to level proceedings. The home side were more proactive after the interval, their effort was rewarded following a gift from the Edinburgh defence and Callum Duke converted the resulting penalty. Duke then turned sinner, the Glasgow side were awarded another penalty but this time the Scotland player blasted his spot effort well over the bar. Grange took advantage of this let off when teenager Callum McKenzie poked the ball home after the home defence failed to clear the danger. As the game seemed to be heading for a share of the points the ball fell to Cranney within the final minute and his fierce reverse stick shot flew into the roof of the net for a belated winner.

Bromac Kelburne slipped back into third spot after being held to a 2-2 draw by Grove Menzieshill on Tayside. The Taysiders perhaps shaded the first half on possession but it was Michael Christie who broke the deadlock for the Paisley side with a good shot. When Johnny Christie added a second 12 minutes into the second half, it looked as if the champions would leave Tayside with the points.    However, Jamie Golden pulled one back following a rebound at a penalty corner. The scores were tied up with two minutes to go when Menzieshill`s penalty corner expert Aidan McQuade scored for a share of the points.

Uddingston picked up their first points of the season with a 7-2 win over Inverleith, there was a hat-trick for Seven Hughes, Steven Percy got a brace and the others came from the Malaysian pair Roslie Ashraf and Rosley Zabad.   Inverleith`s consolations came from a penalty corner from Magnus Ferrier and Tasos Varisamidis from open play.

Finally, Clydesdale also got off the mark with a 2-1 away win at Edinburgh University.      The students were a goal ahead at the interval through Ewen Mackie.   But the visitors stole the second half with two penalty corner strikes by Chris McFadden to secure the away victory and move off the bottom of the table.

Scottish Hockey Union media release

Impressive KU thrash hosts MSC in league


Olympia Chepchumba of Kenyatta University Titans drives the ball during a past Kenya Hockey Union women's Premier League match at City Park Stadium. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

Visiting Kenyatta University Titans beat hosts Mombasa Sports Club 3-0 on Saturday in a Kenya Hockey Union women’s Premier League match.

A brace from Gloria Juma and further strike from Grace Wangare saw the students come away with the three points in Mombasa.

Titans’ coach Moses Kagochi was pleased with his team’s reaction having seen his side lose their last game prior to Saturday’s result.

“It was the perfect response to losing to Sliders last weekend and the players have shown good fighting spirit and we hope the win can inspire us to have a good run this season,” Kagochi said.

The result moved the students to 14 points, two behind Vikings, who play bottom placed University of Nairobi at City Park Stadium on Sunday.

They, however, remain in eighth place after playing 13 matches. The hosts had a decent start but failed to capitalise on the huge possession and were dully punished.

After a dead drubber first quarter, Titans began to create chances in the second quarter with skipper Olympia Chepchumba and Brenda Omaido pulling strings in midfield.

The duo combined to set up the team’s opener in the 25th minute. Omaido weaved her way past two MSC players before pulling the ball back to Chepchumba who teed up Wangare to bury the ball past Brenda Wangila in the MSC goal.

Juma scored twice in the 43rd and 47 minutes as the students completed a remarkable performance.

The second tier men’s league match between Bay Club and Dedan Kimathi was postponed.

Daily Nation

Baptism of fire awaits Kenya in Cup of Nations


Elizabeth Ngombo controls the ball during the national women team's training session at City Park Stadium on September 30, 2017. The team is readying for the Africa Cup of Nations to be held in Egypt. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

The national women's hockey team will open their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against champions South Africa at next month's tourney in Ismailia, Egypt.

According to the draws released Saturday, Kenya will then face arch-rivals Ghana in their second match before taking on Nigeria, Zambia and Egypt in their subsequent matches during the weeklong competition which gets underway from October 22 to 29.

The men's team on the other hand will open their campaign against Ghana before playing Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

The winning men's and women's teams will qualify for next year's World Cup. South Africa women's team have already qualified for the World Cup leaving Kenya and Ghana as favourites to clinch the continental slot.

Women's coach Willis Otieno, while reacting to the draw, admitted that it will be paramount to get a good start in the competition so as to enhance their chances of making it to their maiden World Cup.

"South Africa and Ghana in the first two matches is a tough draw and we really need to ensure we do well in the competition," Otieno said.

Otieno, who watched as the team recorded a 4-1 win over an understrength Telkom on Saturday at the City Park Stadium, believes the team is almost ready for the continental showpiece.

"We have a squad that I believe can come up against South Africa and Ghana but we have to improve on our set piece play" Otieno added.

The former international, who took over from Nixon Nyangaga at the beginning of this year, is expected to whittle down the squad from 24 to 20 on Sunday before the final travelling squad of 18 players is named.

Otieno got a boost with the return of hockey-cum-footballer Pauline Naise who has made a full recovery after undergoing surgery and resumed training last week.

Goals from Gilly Okumu, Naise, Audrey Omaido and Rachel Wangui gave the side the win. Jackline Mwangi pulled one back for Telkom in the build up match. The national team will Sunday come up against a select side featuring Telkom and Strathmore Scorpions players as they continue their preparations.

Daily Nation

Louisville rallies to upend No. 7 Syracuse in double overtime

Louisville Athletics

Taylor Stone's penalty stroke in double overtime capped a Louisville comeback. Louisville Athletics

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Taylor Stone's penalty stroke in the fourth minute of double overtime lifted the 12th ranked University of Louisville field hockey team to a 2-1 win over No. 7 Syracuse in an ACC matchup Friday evening at Trager Stadium. With their third straight win over a top-15 opponent, the Cardinals move to 5-0 at Trager Stadium this season. 
Freshman Madison Walsh delivered her first career goal during a penalty corner with no time left on the clock at the end of regulation as the Cardinals erase a 1-0 deficit and junior Ayeisha McFerran collected five saves in the game to help Louisville (7-4) improve to 2-1 in ACC play. 

Syracuse (8-3, 1-3 ACC) jumped to a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute of the game when Laura Hurff powered a reverse stick shot from the top of the circle into the cage.

The Orange took the 1-0 lead into halftime after holding a 4-2 edge in shots. Neither team was awarded penalty corner in the first half.

The second half featured a resurgent Cardinal offense which tallied eight shots, four on goal, while holding Syracuse to two. The final five minutes of regulation featured a competitive battle from both teams. A yellow card issued to Syracuse's Emma Tufts had the Orange short-handed for the final five minutes of regulation. Louisville's Katie Walsh soon joined her with a green card which saw both teams with 10 players on the field. 
With 34 seconds left to play in regulation, McFerran was lifted in favor of an extra field player and the Cardinals promptly earned a penalty corner which was played out as time expired. Freshman Marisa Martin Pelegrina got the corner started and freshman Meghan Schneider provided the stop, but the Syracuse defense held off a shot attempt by Stone. Senior Abby Grimes collected a feed from Stone and directed a shot toward the cage. Madison Walsh was positioned on the right post and redirected the shot into the cage for her first career goal which tied the score at 1-1 and sent the game into a 7v7 15-minute overtime period.

In the first overtime, McFerran posted three saves to hold the Orange at bay as they tallied a 4-2 advantage in shots. Both of Louisville's shots were on goal as van der Velde registered two stops of her own to keep the score knotted at 1-1.
The teams entered a second 15-minute sudden-victory period. Four minutes into the OT, the Cards earned a penalty corner. Senior Nicole Woods deflected shot from Grimes past van der Velde, but was kicked by a Syracuse defender before it entered the cage resulting in a penalty stroke being awarded to the Cardinals. Taylor Stone stepped up to the line and calmly delivered a shot into the right corner of the cage to seal the victory.

"We didn't start well," said UofL head coach Justine Sowry. "They're a good team and when you start that tentatively, it's never going to be good. They took it to us from the get-go and they scored very early in the contest. We didn't play our best hockey as the game wore on, even going into halftime. Our fundamentals let us down, but that really is a testament to the pressure that they put us under. They defend in numbers, they're very smart players, but we're a resilient group. I thought Ayeisha McFerran was outstanding again today in keeping the ball out of the net and Taylor Stone was cool as ice… she stepped up to the line and finished it strong."
In the game, the Cards outshot the Orange 14-10 and held a 4-2 edge in corners. McFerran finished with five saves while van der Velde had eight stops for Syracuse.

This marks the second straight overtime game in the series between the two teams. The 2016 meeting saw Syracuse overcome a 1-0 deficit in the second half with an overtime penalty stroke giving the Orange the win. This year, the Cardinals avenged that loss in similar fashion in double overtime.   

The Cardinals return to action Sunday when they play host to Central Michigan at 1 p.m.


Gemma McCaw confirms international retirement

Gemma McCaw in her time with the Black Sticks. Photo / Photosport

Gemma McCaw has confirmed her retirement from international hockey.

McCaw, who is the third most capped women's player with 246 tests, had not played for New Zealand since the Rio Olympic Games after taking time away from the national squad.

While she played for Midlands in the recent National Hockey League, she announced today that her time with the Black Sticks has come to an end.

"I would like to take this opportunity to announce the end of my hockey career with the Black Sticks," McCaw posted on Facebook.

"I feel very privileged for every opportunity I have had over the last 9 years and have loved representing my country. During this time I have met some amazing people, made friendships that will last a lifetime and travelled the world playing the game I love.

"Thank you to everyone in the hockey community that has supported me and the team over the years, we are so grateful for all that you do.

"To the girls that I've played alongside, it's been an absolute pleasure and I've enjoyed sharing the highs, lows, blood, sweat and tears that we've been through. We've dealt with some huge setbacks, coming agonizingly close to an Olympic Medal on two occasions and I admire you all for giving everything you have.

"To all the sponsors and supporters over the years, thank you for helping make it all possible.

"To my family and friends, It would've been a lot harder without your love and support. Thanks for always being there and sharing in my good news and tough times too. Thanks Mum and Dad, I know you did everything you could and having you there always supporting meant the world to me. Its never easy making a decision like this but it's been a great ride and I'm excited about the next chapter."

Black Sticks head coach Mark Hager wished McCaw all the best for her future endeavours and said the door was never shut if she ever changed her mind.

"Gemma is a very talented athlete and has been an important part of our team over a span of eight years, and has been a big factor in helping us improve on the world stage to where we are now.

"To have played so many games for her country certainly puts her among a select few of fantastic players. I thank her for her huge contributions to the team and the sport of hockey as a whole and wish her good luck as she shifts focus onto her career," he said.

The New Zealand Herald

Gemma McCaw says retiring from Black Sticks wasn't an easy decision to make

Gemma McCaw made her international debut for New Zealand in 2008. PHOTOSPORT

Gemma McCaw said retiring from the Black Sticks after nine years of international hockey wasn't an easy to decision to make.

McCaw confirmed the news on Sunday via Facebook after making herself unavailable for this month's Oceania Cup in Sydney earlier this week.

The 27-year-old from Tauranga played 246 matches for New Zealand - making her the third most capped women's player - and scored 71 goals after making her international debut in 2008.

McCaw at last year's Rio Olympics. PHOTOSPORT

Black Sticks coach Mark Hager told Stuff this week he had spoken with McCaw at last month's national competition in Wellington - where she was dominant for the winning Midlands side - and said she needed more time away from hockey to focus on her work career and family life.

McCaw, who featured for New Zealand at three Olympic Games in 2008, 2012 and 2016, said on Facebook she felt very privileged to have represented her country.

McCaw announced her retirement from the Black Sticks via social media. GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF

She won silver and bronze medals with New Zealand at the 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games in Delhi and Glasgow respectively.

Gemma McCaw's Facebook post in full

"I would like to take this opportunity to announce the end of my hockey career with the Black Sticks. I feel very privileged for every opportunity I have had over the last 9 years and have loved representing my country. During this time I have met some amazing people, made friendships that will last a lifetime and travelled the world playing the game I love.

"Thank you to everyone in the hockey community that has supported me and the team over the years, we are so grateful for all that you do.
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"To the girls that I've played alongside, it's been an absolute pleasure and I've enjoyed sharing the highs, lows, blood, sweat and tears that we've been through. We've dealt with some huge setbacks, coming agonizingly close to an Olympic Medal on two occasions and I admire you all for giving everything you have.

"To all the sponsors and supporters over the years, thank you for helping make it all possible.

"To my family and friends, It would've been a lot harder without your love and support. Thanks for always being there and sharing in my good news and tough times too. Thanks Mum and Dad, I know you did everything you could and having you there always supporting meant the world to me. Its never easy making a decision like this but it's been a great ride and I'm excited about the next chapter."


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