November 8, 2013

Field Hockey Takes Down Davidson, 3-1

Lynchburg, Va. - The third seeded Pacific Field Hockey team finished the season strong, besting Davidson 3-1, in the consolation round of the NorPac Championships. Pacific finished the season at 5-14 while Davidson fell to 6-14 with the consolation loss.

The seniors ended their college careers with a bang as Paige Counsman, Maggie Grindatti and Emily Tregoning all scored for Pacific.

The scoreless first half included a shot count also tied at 5-5, as Davidson held a 3-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Davidson, the fourth seed in the NorPac East, got the scoring started first, as Danielle King converted a penalty stroke, besting sophomore Molly Macierz, who was brought in specifically to face King. The successful stroke attempt gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead just under five minutes into the second half. However, the goal would be the last on the evening for the Wildcats.

After Pacific was awarded a penalty corner at the 47:52 mark of play, Tregoning's initial shot attempt was blocked. However, Counsman took a pass from Kayley Brown in front of the cage and was able to knock in the equalizier from short distance. It was Counsman's fourth goal of the year and second of the NorPac Championships.

The Tigers would score just under eight minutes later, as Grindatti took the rebound from a shot by sophomore Kirsten Doting and punched in a goal towards the right post. The goal gave Pacific a 2-1 lead proving to be the game winner, the second game-winning goal of Grindatti's career.

NorPac All-Conference selection Tregoning would add to the senior barrage, as she tallied her eighth goal with just under 10 minutes to go in the contest. The co-captain dribbled into the circle and shot from the right side of the arc, falling down as her attempt went into the cage and past Emily Leytham of the Wildcats.

The goal added insurance to the Orange and Black's lead, and assured that Pacific would end the season with a victory for the second time in three seasons.

Sophomore Maggie Corder made eight saves for Pacific. Counsman fired four shots, Tregoning tallied four and Doting added three to lead the Tigers.

Pacific finished the 2013 campaign with a 5-14 record (2-4 NorPac). Signature wins included a road win at California, the first victory on the road against the Golden Bears since at least 2005, and a victory in a double overtime thriller over Saint Joseph's in Philadelphia.