#6 East Stroudsburg Defeats #5 Field Hockey, 5-1

Senior Lauren Giordano scored the Skyhawks opening goal of the season this afternoon. (PHOTO BY Andrew Katsampes)

Warriors pull away with four second half goals 

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (September 5, 2015) –  East Stroudsburg University, ranked 6th in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II preseason poll, scored four unanswered goals in the second half to claim a 5-1 triumph over No. 5 Stonehill College in non-conference field hockey action at Whitenight Field this afternoon.

Senior Ally Roth (Scotrun, Pennsylvania/Pocono Mountain East) and junior Desiraye Mack (Waymart, Pennsylvania/Honesdale) each netted two goals to power East Stroudsburg to the season-opening win. Junior Robin Stevenson (Harare, Zimbabwe) also chipped in with a goal for the Warriors as senior Rebecca Snyder (Whitehall, Pennsylvania/Whitehall) and junior Marisa Miro (East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania/East Stroudsburg North) each dished out assists.

Junior Danielle Ard (Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania/Mifflinburg) preserved the win with five saves in the East Stroudsburg goal as the Warriors finished with a 20-10 advantage in shots for the afternoon and 9-4 edge in penalty corners. Freshman Sara Freedman (Hopkinton, Massachusetts/Hopkinton) made her collegiate debut in the Stonehill cage and posted eight saves.

Senior Lauren Giordano (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) scored the lone Stonehill goal, while classmate and All-American Erika Kelly (Watertown, Massachusetts/Watertown) dished the assist.

Sara Freedman made her collegiate debut in goal and finished with eight saves.

Roth opened the scoring off a pass from Snyder with 11:55 to play in the first half after Stonehill had carried the early momentum in the contest, but couldn't put the ball past Ard, who made four of her five saves in the opening half as the Skyhawks held a 7-5 edge in shots at halftime. Giordano equalized for Stonehill with 5:07 remaining in the half off a pass from Kelly, the program's all-time leading scorer with 153 points on a school-record 71 goals and now 11 assists.

Mack put East Stroudsburg ahead for good when she knocked in an unassisted marker 2:51 into the second half. The Warriors put the game away from there with a three-goal flurry within an 11-minute span. Roth capped her two goal afternoon, assisted by Miro, with less than 20-minutes to play and then Mack scored her second unassisted goal of the day with 10:16 remaining. Stevenson wrapped up the scoring less than two minutes later at 66:12.

Stonehill (0-1, 0-0 NE-10) is right back in action tomorrow when it visits No. 2-ranked West Chester University for another non-conference matchup at noon. The Skyhawks home opener is next Saturday, September 12, when it hosts Southern New Hampshire University for a non-conference contest at W.B. Mason Stadium at noon. East Stroudsburg (1-0, 0-0 PSAC) hosts 7th-ranked Adelphi University tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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