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UMW Roundup: Field hockey; men’s, women’s soccer, cross country

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Lisa Charney scored twice in the final 14 minutes as the seventh-ranked University of Mary Washington field hockey team overcame a 2–0 deficit in the final 14 minutes to defeat top-ranked and previously undefeated Salisbury University, 3–2, Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles struggled to register a shot in the first half while Salisbury took just four shots in the opening frame. The Sea Gulls put to goals together, but the Eagles responded, as Charney first scored on a Caitlin Baker assist. A little more than a minute later, Jenna Steele scored on another Baker feed to tie the score.

With under two minutes remaining, Charney drove upfield and into the circle and blasted a high shot past the Salisbury keeper and into the cage, giving UMW its first lead at 3–2. The Eagles held on for their first victory over a no. 1-ranked opponent since they defeated Salisbury in 2001, when the Gulls were 11–0 and ranked first in the nation.

“The girls came out ready to play,” said UMW head coach and former Salisbury All-American Lindsey Elliott.

Salisbury led in shots, 17–9. Claire Gianelle had six saves in goal for Mary Washington (14–1), which next hosts St. Mary’s College at 4 p.m. Wednesday in another Capital Athletic Conference matchup.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

Jessica Bednarcik scored three times in the first half to lead the visiting Eagles to a 3–2 win at Marymount University in Arlington.

The Saints opened the scoring in the seventh minute on a score by Katie Hamelin. The Eagles answered back, as Bednarcik stormed the goal with scores at 11:07 on an assist from freshman Adrian Newcomb, again at 16:59 on feeds from Newcomb and Erin Reynolds, and less than a minute later at 17:44 on another Newcomb pass.

Marymount capped the scoring in the 22nd minute, as all of the game’s scoring came in the opening quarter of the game. The Eagles led in shots, 26–8, and in corner kicks, 6–1. Sophomore goalie Charlotte Owens had three saves for the Eagles.

Mary Washington (10–1–2) mext hosts St. Mary’s College Tuesday at 4 p.m. in a key CAC match.

MEN’S SOCCER

Patrick Kelly scored the game’s only goal in the 76th minute on an assist from Tanner Carlton to lift the Eagles to a 1-0 victory at previously undefeated Frostburg State. UMW moves to 9-5-1 overall and 2-2 in CAC play.

The Eagles led in shots, 13-8, while each team had six corner kicks. UMW sophomore goalie Tyler Back had one save in nets for the Eagles.

Mary Washington (9–5–1, 2-2) will host CAC rival St. Mary’s College Wednesday at 4 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Eagles cross country teams competed in the Inter Regional Rumble on Saturday in Oberlin, Ohio. The men finished 15th among 32 schools, while the women finished 18th among 30 schools.

For the men, senior Scott Plunkett was the team’s top finisher, placing 20th overall at 24:54. Junior Corey Lyons was 91st at 26:00, Jeff Branson was 93rd at 26:02, Quincy Schmidt was 110th at 26:20, and Julian Menk was 120th at 26:26.

For the women, sophomore Tara Landy finished 22nd overall at 22:38, followed by Liz Green in 81st place at 23:20, Erin Dandridge in 102nd place at 23:43, Trinity Smyth in 107th at 23:52, and Caroline Cerand in 112th place at 23:55.

Both teams will be off next weekend in preparation for the 2012 CAC Championships in two weeks at Frostburg State University at 11 a.m.

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