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Messiah Takes Down #11 Cortland To Start Season
Posted: 9/3/2011
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Messiah sophomore Juliana Hershey (5) sets up this penalty corner that would result in a goal from Brooke Sands (third Messiah player on line from the right). Sands's goal would give Messiah a 2-1 lead enroute to a 5-2 Falcon victory.

Grantham, PA – Less than two minutes into the 2011 season, Messiah found themselves down 1-0 to a nationally-ranked opponent. Despite the momentary set-back, the Falcons quickly rebounded and took control. Messiah scored five unanswered goals, three in the first half, to defeat #11 SUNY Cortland on Saturday by the score of 5-2.

The Falcons (1-0) - ranked #2 in the 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA National Coaches Poll - started their own scoring just two minutes after Cortland (1-1) went up 1-0, as senior Kourtney Ehly scored an unassisted goal off a deflection in front of the cage. Sophomore Brooke Sands and senior Kilee Rosenberry would add goals in the first stanza as Messiah took a commanding 3-1 lead at halftime.

Sands’s goal would come off a perfectly-executed penalty corner from junior Juliana Hershey. After a smooth reception, Sands drilled a direct shot into the left corner of the cage. Rosenberry’s score would come less than eight minutes later, giving the Falcons the lead for good.

In the second half, junior Emily Hursh and freshman Heather Quirk added their own offensive tallies, pushing the Falcons’ lead to 5-1. Cortland’s standout offensive player from a year ago, Sara Woodward, would complete the scoring on the day with just under three minutes to play.

Ehly collected two assists in addition to her goal—expected, and much appreciated, results from the Falcons’ returning-leader in goals (19) and assists (11) from last year. Hursh added an assist to her one goal.

The win moves Messiah to 1-0 on the season, with head coach Jan Trapp earning her 523rd career victory. An impressive career total that is good for 3rd all-time among field hockey coaches in NCAA Division I, II and III. Nevertheless, all Trapp is thinking about is the Falcons’ victory total this year.

“It’s a wonderful start for us, and I’m very happy,” Trapp said, paused, and then added, “but we still have a lot of work to do. There are a lot of good teams out there.”

With their win today, the Falcons seem to be one of them.

Messiah returns to action on Wednesday, September 7 when they play host to Eastern University. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m. on Messiah's Anderson Field.