Field hockey: Tribe blanks Pacific University, 5-0

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Saturday, William and Mary traveled across the country to play Pacific University where the Tribe (7-4) claimed a decisive 5-0 victory over the Boxers (8-5).

The College started off strong with a penalty corner in the first five minutes, followed up shortly by an on-frame shot from sophomore forward Melanie Strik that forced an early save from goalkeeper Marlise van Tonder.

A minute after the first shot, junior forward Woodard Hooper found the back of the cage with an assist from freshman midfielder Jorja Morgan. Morgan slid the ball to Hooper, who broke in front of the defense and scored the first goal of the match.

A mere 44 seconds later, Hooper drove home her second goal of the match, when freshman midfielder Cara Menges passed the ball to Hooper near post before she drove it home once again.

The first half continued without any further additions to the scoreboard. Despite both teams having four opportunities apiece, the Tribe entered the half leading 2-0.

Entering the second half, the College came out firing as Hooper took a shot within the first two minutes.

This was met with a set of penalty corners and shots for the Boxers that sailed past the cage.

Menges gained a glimpse at goal in the 43rd minute, but this shot also went wide.

Possession was fluid between the two teams as they both earned glimpses at goal, but it wasn’t until the 54th minute that the Tribe broke through. Senior midfielder Estelle Hughes passed to junior midfielder Christie van de Kamp, who found the back of the cage for the fourth time this season.

Roughly three minutes later, van de Kamp found the goal again with an assist by junior forward Annie Snead.

The College began to dominate for the remainder of the match as the Boxers were unable to capitalize on any plays.

To conclude the Tribe’s run at the scoreboard, Strik fired one final goal home with just over two minutes remaining in the game.

The College will face off against 21st-ranked Stanford Monday at 3 p.m. PST before returning home for a three-game homestand.