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Field Hockey Falls in CC Semifinals to Ursinus

Mason McNulty
Mason McNulty

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Haverford College field hockey team (11-7) dropped a 6-1 decision to the No. 5 nationally ranked Ursinus College Bears (16-3) at Tylus Field on Saturday afternoon in the Centennial Conference Semifinals.

With the loss, the careers of Brenna Boehman, Sydney Cone, Rachel Grunden, Kelly Hancock, Lindsey Lopes, Allison Martin and Sarah Waldis have come to an end. The class of 2016 qualified for three Centennial Conference playoffs berths, went to the conference finals in 2012, had 44 wins in its four years and won at least 10 games three times.

Ursinus got its offense started with five shots over the first nine minutes of game action. The Bears finally broke through in the 19th minute as Devin Brakel deflected a shot by Megan Keenan in the back of the cage for a 1-0 lead. Keenan scored the second goal for Ursinus eight minutes later off a rebound.

The Bears added another insurance tally two and half minutes into the second stanza on a goal from Amber Steigerwalt. In the 55th minute, freshman Mason McNulty secured her fifth goal of the season. McNulty has goals in back-to-back games. Ursinus countered with three goals over the next eight minutes to put the game out of reach.

Lopes made 11 saves for Haverford in the loss. The senior goalkeeper will graduate as the program's all-time leader in wins (30) and rank in the top ten in six other categories. Brakel and Steigerwalt led the Bears with two goals and an assist each in the victory. Ursinus will take on No. 4 Franklin and Marshall tomorrow in the Centennial Conference Championship at 1 p.m.