Upset win puts CNU into next round of NCAAs

Published 10:44 pm Friday, November 14, 2008

Christopher Newport’s field hockey team, ranked No. 17 in the nation, pulled off an upset in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Wednesday evening by defeating 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins University by a final score of 2-1 in Baltimore.

In CNU’s opening match of the year on Aug. 30, the Blue Jays defeated CNU 8-2.

In the 29th minute on Wednesday, sophomore Katelyn Yandle (Nansemond River) set up senior Haylie Black with a pass across the circle, allowing Black to knock the ball into the back of the cage, putting CNU up 1-0.

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Less then two minutes later CNU would be back for more as Black tacked on another goal. This time it was on a pass from Anne Gehring that crossed right over the mouth of the goal.

Entering the final minute of the game, the Blue Jays were able to get on the board with a goal from Leah Horton, slicing CNU’s lead in half.

Emma Stout posted 69 minutes of shut-out goal-keeping, and then gave up Horton’s goal off of a penalty corner. Stout totaled seven saves for the contest.

With the win, the Captains improve to 14-5 on the year and will take on The College of New Jersey in the second round on Saturday. The game will be played in Medford, MA on the campus of Tufts University at 2 p.m.