Lady Saints improve to 3-0

Published 11:21 pm Thursday, September 3, 2015

Youth is not wasted on the young players of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy’s field hockey team.

Four underclassmen kept the Lady Saints’ 2015 record unblemished by powering them to a 4-2 victory over visiting Christchurch School on Thursday afternoon.

An absence of ego and selfishness proved to be key for NSA, according to coach Ashley Skinner.

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“I think that we just worked as a team the entire game,” she said. “We never let up, we worked for each other and everybody just played selflessly.”

The Lady Saints’ offense was a notable beneficiary as passing rather than players acting alone led to goals.

“Every goal was scored with a lead-up,” Skinner said. “It was really phenomenal.”

Nansemond-Suffolk freshman Lauren Meyers finished with two goals and one assist.

She started the scoring for the game with 17:03 remaining in the first half, assisted by freshman Sam Williams. Less than three minutes later, Meyers put her team up 2-0, again assisted by Williams.

“Lauren had a great game,” Skinner said. “She was in the right spot, she had her stick ready to go, she carried the ball well. Her and Sam had some great combinations.”

The Lady Seahorses scored with 4:05 left in the first half to make the score 2-1 at the break.

Then NSA sophomore Morgan Morrell went to work. She put the ball in the net with 21:18 to go in the second half, assisted by Williams.

Williams’ three assists comprised her outstanding offensive performance that came despite her playing outside her usual position.

“Three of our players were not here today, so she played forward for us,” Skinner said. “I usually have her at midfield.”

With more than eight minutes left in the game, Morrell scored again, this time assisted by Meyers.

Christchurch responded with 5:46 remaining but would get nothing more.

Lady Saints freshman Sarah Christiansen recorded seven saves in goal.

Nansemond-Suffolk (3-0) hosts Cape Henry Collegiate School on Wednesday.