#2 Bloomsburg Tops Stonehill, 6-2

Junior transfer Emily Coholan netted the Skyhawks first goal of the season ten minutes into the second half.

Huskies net three first half goals to key win in Skyhawks opener

EASTON, Mass. (September 1, 2012) – Bloomsburg University, ranked No. 2 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II poll, scored three goals in each half to hold off Stonehill College for a 6-2 victory in non-conference field hockey action at Timothy J. Coughlin Memorial Field at W.B. Mason Stadium this afternoon.

Senior Amber Aulenbach (Fleetwood, Pa./Oley Valley) recorded a five point day with two goals and an assist to lead Bloomsburg to the win. Classmate Jenna DiSabatino (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) also netted two goals, while her sister Cassie DiSabatino (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) added a goal and assist. Freshman Kara Hartman (York Haven, Pa./Redland) chipped in with her first collegiate goal for the Huskies.

Junior Megan Eppley (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) recorded six saves to preserve the win in goal for Bloomsburg. Senior Kaitlyn Curtis (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) played 63:07 in the cage for Stonehill and finished with two first half saves. Shots finished even at 13-13 with Stonehill posting a 9-5 edge after halftime. The Skyhawks also held the advantage for penalty corners at 11-8, including 9-2 after the intermission.

Junior Emily Coholan (South Dennis, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth) and sophomore Emily Sideris (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) each scored second half goals for Stonehill as it attempted to mount a second half rally.

Cassie DiSabatino and Aulenbach each registered goal and assist to lead Bloomsburg to the 3-0 first half lead. Aulenbach opened the scoring 4:08 into the game with a drive from the top of the arc off a corner that took a deflection into the top of the cage. Jenna DiSabatino doubled the Huskies lead at 13:05 off a feed from junior Jaclyn Beasley (Berlin, N.J./Eastern). Cassie DiSabatino capped the first half scoring off a pass from Aulenbach with 9:59 left in the frame.

Stonehill struck first in the second half as Coholan scored on a drive from the top of the circle off a touch from senior Jessica Laurendeau (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) from junior Kelsey Davis' (Gardner, Mass./Gardner) corner 10:27 into the second. Bloomsburg followed with two straight goals from Aulenbach and Hartman to open a 5-1 advantage. Aulenbach's penalty stroke goal came just 1:03 after Coholan's marker.

Sideris took a pass from freshman Erika Kelly (Watertown, Mass./Watertown) for Stonehill's second of the day with 1:41 to play, but Bloomsburg capped the scoring just 17-seconds later with Jenna DiSabatino's second of the game with 1:24 left.

Stonehill (0-1, 0-0 NE-10) returns to action on Tuesday when it visits American International College for a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m. The Skyhawks return home on Thursday to host Saint Anselm College in non-conference play at W.B. Mason Stadium at 6 p.m. Bloomsburg (2-0, 0-0 PSAC) is right back in action at Saint Anselm College tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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