CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson field hockey team took to the turf at the Biddle Field Complex on Thursday afternoon for the first time in almost two years and put on a solid show for the crowd. First-year attacker Hailey Womer scored twice, but the visiting eighth-ranked Messiah University Falcons scored two times in the final frame to edge the Red Devils 4-2 in non-conference action.
Messiah struck first just 2:23 into the contest as Megan North accepted a pass from Jennie Young and slipped a shot past keeper Saige Stevens for the lead. The rest of the first period yielded just one chance as Young had an attempt blocked with 6:02 remaining.
The second quarter was played mostly in the midfield until 6:30 remained when Tara Hausker tested Catie Brubaker for the first time on the day. That sparked the Red Devils roster as they earned back-to-back penalty corners two minutes later. Womer cashed in on the second chance as she finished off a rebound from Hannah Spiri to send things to the half 1-1.
Dickinson began the third with a bang thanks to Womer carrying the ball down the left side and firing a shot past Brubaker for the 2-1 edge just 16-seconds in. The Falcons got their offensive attack going once again recording four shots and three corners over the ensuing four minutes, but could not solve Stevens. After a green card to North, the Devils put the pressure on as Hausker had three attempts blocked and Sydney Engler missed just wide. The visitors would head to the fourth tied thanks to Teagan Murrie with 43-second to play.
Murrie got her second of the game less than a minute into the fourth as the Falcons finished off a penalty corner play to make it 3-2. Dickinson would test the cage one more time, but the offering from Sierra Bobb sailed off-target. The scoring concluded with Makayla Malcolm tallying an unassisted marker with 7:27 to play.
The Red Devils continue non-conference action on Saturday at noon when they host the University of Lynchburg Hornets at the Biddle Field Complex.