There were major upsets across high school and college field hockey over the weekend, leaving all respective play-offs wide open. In college action, #9 Uconn became the first team this season to beat #1 Syracuse. In the Big East battle, Uconn’s Melissa Gonzalez scored almost 4:30 into the game and would eventually count as the game winner.
#7 UNC was successful in their back to back games this weekend beating #13 UVA 3-0 and #6 JMU 1-0 all without their top scorer Dani Forword, who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. The upperclassmen on this Tar Heel team refused to back down after losing Forword as each Senior put in a goal this weekend and Junior Mel Brill added a huge defensive save in the last minute of regulation against JMU to hold onto the double win weekend.
Unranked Michigan upset #4 Michigan State 1-0 while unranked Ohio State defeated #8 Iowa 2-0. The Big Ten standings, results and schedules can be found here: http://http://bigten.cstv.com/sports/w-fieldh/stats/2008-2009/confsked.html.
Old Dominion continues to struggle this season after losing several foreign players from last years team. They are now (6-10) after losing two close matches this weekend against #2 Maryland and #5 Duke. ODU lost both games 2-1, but put up a good fight against two very strong teams.
High School field hockey teams are preparing for District and State play-offs which brings together Emmaus HS from Pennsylvania and Eastern HS from New Jersey for their annual inter-state match up. Both teams benefit from this highly competitive game without the threat of elimination heading into play-offs. Emmaus held the #1 ranking on Hockeypower.com heading into the game but Eastern came out on top thanks to a stroke by Melanie Dawson just over 10 minutes into the game. As all good teams do, Emmaus will learn more from this loss than they have learned from every win this season, hopefully earning them yet another State Championship.
Keep us posted on games in your area and best of luck to everyone still competing.
Yours in Sport,