Field Hockey Falls To Lock Haven, 4-0, In NEC Opener

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University field hockey team lost to Lock Haven University, 4-0, in the first Northeast Conference game for either team of the 2009 season. With the loss, Quinnipiac falls to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in NEC action while Lock Haven improves to 8-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

"I think that Lock Haven has proven to be a dynasty in this league," head coach Becca Kohli said. "They showed that tonight. They are very strong, and they play a very nice style of hockey. They are highly skilled and their specialty corners are what beat us."

Amy Hordendorf led the Eagles' attack, scoring two goals and assisting on another. Hordendorf scored Lock Haven's only goal of the first half to send the Eagles into halftime with a 1-0 lead. Quinnipiac senior goalkeeper Jenna Grossman (Flanders, N.J.) saw two shots on goal in the first half, stopping one. She stopped four in the second half for a total of five for the game.

Hordendorf scored again coming out of the half before picking up an assist on Alana Lewis' goal to give Lock Haven a 3-0 lead. Casey Hughes scored with a little more than 10 minutes to play to lift Lock Haven to a 4-0 lead.

Tina Watkins (Sweet Valley, Pa.) once again played well for the Bobcats while Quinnipiac's only substitute, freshmen Kristen Engelke (Medford, N.J.) and senior MacKenzie Liptak (Schuylerville, N.Y.) played exceptional on offense, but ultimately fell short.

"I think we matched them on the field," Kohli explained. "We've made huge strides in the midfield, and we've made a commitment to keeping the ball in the attack zone. We need to start scoring. Once our offense clicks, we'll be playing to our full potential."

Quinnipiac returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 4 when they travel to Loudonville, N.Y. to take on Siena College in a Northeast conference match-up set for a 1 p.m. start.