Senior forward Emma Jones scored one goal and assisted on another to classmate defender Heidi Sheehan in leading Mary Washington to a 2-0 victory over Wesley in CAC field hockey clash Saturday between a pair of 2009 playoff teams.
In other national action Saturday, defending NCAA Salisbury dropped a 3-0 decision at Messiah in a rematch of the 2009 national championship game.
Other results from Saturday show CAC-leading St. Mary's gaining a non-conference 8-1 win at Roanoke, Frostburg State dropping a 5-2 decision at Randolph-Macon and Stevenson falling to visiting Lebanon Valley, 9-0.
The Eagles, who improved to 2-1 in CAC play (3-3
overall), scored first as Sheehan scored off a penalty corner
with assists going to Jones and Florence George with
6:39 to play in the first half. Jones scored herself with 4:10
remaining on an assist from junior Kaitlyn Ripley.
Wesley (4-3, 1-1 CAC) outshot Mary Washington, 9-8, but UMW led in penalty corners, 13-6. Senior Chrissy Bowdren had five saves and senior defender Nicole Conti had one defensive save for Mary Washington, while Wesley's Sarah Johnson had six saves.
At Grantham, Pa., top-ranked Salisbury hit the road on Saturday afternoon in what was perhaps the biggest game of the Sea Gulls' early season to square off against No. 2-ranked Messiah College. It was a rematch of the 2009 NCAA Division III Field Hockey national championship game in which Salisbury captured the program's fifth national title, but the Sea Gulls were unable to repeat the feat and the Falcons came away with a 3-0 win.
The Sea Gulls (5-1) have been here before. In the 2009 season, Salisbury fell to Messiah, 3-2 in overtime, in the regular season (Sept. 19). It was the maroon and gold's only loss of the year. Roughly two months later Salisbury took the field in South Hadley, Mass., to once again face the Falcons, this time for the national championship, earning a 1-0 victory.
The loss marks the first time Salisbury has been shut out since Sept. 17, 2008. Since that loss, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Johns Hopkins University, the Sea Gulls have racked up an astounding 25 shutout victories of their own.
St. Mary's used a 5-0 first half to notch an 8-1 victory over host Roanoke in non-conference action Saturday afternoon. Eight different players scored in romp with junior midfielder Sam Locke leading the way with a goal and an assist.
St. Mary's, who was ranked 20th in this week's www.womensfieldhockey.com weekly poll, remains undefeated, improving to 6-0 on the season.
A pair of goals from senior forward Breanne Russell were not enough as Frostburg State (2-6) dropped its match at Randolph-Macon.
At Owings Mills, Md., Lebanon Valley broke open a 2-0 game with four goals in the final 15 minutes of the first half on the way to a 9-0 non-conference victory over the Mustangs (4-4).