Field Hockey Comeback Falls Just Short in 3-2 Loss at Wittenberg

Field Hockey Comeback Falls Just Short in 3-2 Loss at Wittenberg

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Junior Maite Turlings scored two goals in the final six minutes, but Wittenberg University held its 1-goal lead to escape the Earlham College field hockey team's comeback bid in a 3-2 victory over the Quakers in North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) action on Saturday.

The Tigers scored two goals in the first dozen minutes as Channa Visseren opened the scoring in the third minute and Blaine Donnelly, one of Wittenberg's top offensive threats, doubled the hosts lead at the 11:04 mark.

The Quakers were outshot 14-4 in the first half, but sophomore goalkeeper Camille van der Vaart who made 10 saves in the contest, kept Earlham within reach.

Twenty minutes into the second half, Wittenberg scored its third goal of the game as Maddie Goelz found Megan Niswonger for the host's goal.

Trailing by three goals, Earlham did not pack it in. The Quakers earned a penalty corner with six minutes to play in regulation. Sophomore Sydney Barnes found Turlings who netted her fifth goal of the season. Less than three minutes later, senior Megan Hut found Turlings for another goal, pulling Earlham within a single goal.

With three minutes to play, the Wittenberg defense stiffened and did not allow a shot down the stretch to seal the win.

Wittenberg held a 17-10 shots advantage in the game despite Earlham outshooting the hosts 6-3 in the final 35 minutes. The Quakers also held a slim 11-10 edge in penalty corners earned.

Hut and Turlings combined for eight of 10 shots while senior Grace Makhoul fired the other two shots for the Quakers including one on net.

Earlham, who lost to Wittenberg 9-1 in the team's first meeting this season, dips to 3-7 overall and 2-6 in conference with the loss. The Quakers return to action next weekend with a pair of road games at Kenyon College on Saturday and at Ohio Wesleyan on Sunday.

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