Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Field Hockey team traveled to Stanford, Calif. for the first round of the NorPac Conference Tournament on Thursday, Nov. 3. The fourth seeded Tigers took on the top seed Longwood Lancers. The East Division Lancers downed the Tigers 3-1 in their second contest against each other this season.
The Lancers were first to strike when Jessica Diaz beat the Tiger defense just over 11 minutes into the first half. Longwood would tack on another first half score from Stacey de Grandhomme, giving the Lancers a 2-0 advantage heading into the half.
Out of the break the Pacific offense went on the attack. On of its best opportunities came with just over seven minutes into the second half when junior Doreen Stern cracked the crossbar. The score would have put the Tigers down only a solo goal early in the half.
However, shortly after with the Tigers still on the attack, sophomore Paige Counsman ripped a shot past the Lancer keeper. The goal bounced off a high stick, and Counsman was able to beat the keeper to the top corner of the cage. It was the sophomore midfielder's second goal of the season, both coming against the Longwood defense.
With the Tigers only trailing by one goal, Longwood was rewarded a penalty corner 15 minutes into the second half. It led to a couple of shots, but the Tiger goalie Ashlee Schlesier remained resilient keeping Pacific down just one stroke. The San Diego, Calif. native collected seven saves in the full 70 minutes.
Soon after the Tigers were quick to turn the pressure on the Lancers earning a penalty corner. Off the corner, Emily Trudeau ripped a stroke that forced the Lancer keeper to make a huge save.
The Lancers would add one more second half goal from Alison Akers to push the score to 3-1, where it would eventually stay.
The Tigers are back in action tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 4, against another NorPac East Division foe Radford or West Division opponent California at 6:30 pm. The game will be played on Stanford's Varsity Field Turf between the Tigers and loser of Radford vs. California.