CARLISLE, Pa. - The third-seeded Dickinson field hockey team will try to keep their season alive on Friday night when they visit the second-seeded Ursinus College Bears for a Centennial Conference Semifinal. The first hit in Collegeville is slated for 6 p.m.
Opponent - Ursinus College Bears
Date - Friday, November 5th
Time - 6:00 p.m.
Location - Collegeville, Pa. (Eleanor Frost Snell Field)
Regular Season Meeting - DEVILS 2, No. 11 Ursinus 0 (10/16/21)
Dickinson will head into the matchup feeling pretty good about themselves having already knocked off the Bears in Collegeville back in mid-October by a score of 2-0. In that game, the Devils relied on a solid defensive structure to earn the victory as they gave up 20 Bears shots but allowed only nine of them to get on target. DC had just seven shots on the afternoon, however, they made two of them count as Hailey Womer dispatched the first one of the day past keeper Jordan Ulsh at the end of the first quarter. Then, at the 19:16 mark, it would be Womer setting up Hannah Spiri for the 2-0 lead. Saige Stevens made all nine stops that she had to, including a penalty stroke save of Suzanna Toledo Cornm in the third quarter to preserve the shutout.
Inside the Devils Den (8-9, 7-3 Centennial)
Tale of Two Seasons
Dickinson got out of the blocks a little slow as they began the season at just 2-6. However, they righted the ship in a big way over their final nine contests posting a solid mark of 6-3, including a strong 7-3 record within the very competitive Centennial Conference.
One thing that might have contributed to the Devils rocky start was the gauntlet of five nationally-ranked opponents that Head Coach Carly Zinn and her team faced in the first month of competition. DC began the year with a hard-fought 4-2 home loss to No. 8 Messiah on September 2nd, before turning around two days later and rallying back to topple No. 13 Lynchburg 2-1. Dickinson also suffered setbacks to No. 2 Johns Hopkins, No. 10 Rowan, and (RV) Washington and Lee in September. The Devils would take on three more nationally-ranked foes in October going 2-1 thanks to victories against No. 11 Ursinus (2-0) and (RV) Franklin & Marshall (2-1).
Extra Time, Yes Please!
Should Friday's contest last beyond the 60 regulation minutes that will not cause Dickinson any nerves as the Devils posted an impressive 3-1 in games that went into extra time. In fact, the three-game stretch with Bryn Mawr, McDaniel, and Haverford went all the way to the penalty shootout. In those contests, the Devils went 2-1 knocking off the Owls and Green Terror on the road. The trio of Sierra Bobb, Spiri, and Womer have accounted for the Red and Black's goals, while Stevens has stopped nine of 12 chances. Two weeks ago DC earned their final overtime win of the regular season over Gettysburg with Spiri firing home a penalty stroke at the 44-second mark of the first overtime.
Defense to Offense
The Devils have gotten nine goals from their defense this season with Spiri leading the team with 15 points on six goals as well as three assists, while Ellie Werner has chipped in three goals and two helpers.
The Rest of the Attack
Bobb and Womer each have three goals on the campaign, with the duo of Bridget Fontaine and Abby Marthins each notching a pair of markers. Grace Donovan, Sydney Engler, Sammi Moonay, Emma Snyder, and Morgan Yandow-Harding all have one apiece.
Between the Pipes
Stevens has appeared in and started all 17 games for the Devils posting a mark of 7-9 on the season with one shutout and a .707 save percentage to go along with a 1.78 goals against average. Her season-high nine saves came in the win at Ursinus back in October. She has also made seven stops three times against Bryn Mawr, Johns Hopkins, and Susquehanna.
Inside the Bears Cave (13-4, 8-2)
Since their loss to Dickinson on October 16th, the No. 13 Bears have been on a tear going 4-0 to close out the regular season outscoring the opposition 13-2, including an 8-2 hammering of Gettysburg on Saturday. They enter Friday's showdown averaging 3.50 goals on 15.4 shots per game. The catalyst of their offense has been Jordan Moore who has team-highs in points (29) and goals (13). Current Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week Ellie Bruggeman has added nine goals and six helpers. The tandem of Mary Lauren Franz and Amanda Groeling have racked up a combined 16 goals and eight assists for a total of 40 points. On the backline, Erin McIlhenny has recorded seven defensive saves which are good for second in the Centennial and 11th in the nation. In cage, Ulsh has gone 12-3 with four shutouts (three coming in the last four games) thanks to a 1.52 GAA and .768 save percentage.