Field Hockey topples App State, takes on UNC

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Haley Shotwell

The Radford University Field Hockey team had a busy weekend with road games at Appalachian State and the University of North Carolina. The Highlanders started off their busy schedule on Sept. 30 with a 3-2 win over the Mountaineers of Appalachian State. The two teams were meeting for the second time in just seven days with the Mountaineers earning the 2-3 win in the first match.
Senior forward Melissa Register got RU started with a goal 17 seconds after the eighth minute and was assisted by senior forward Madonna Wadolowski. With the assist, Wadolowski marched into the record books. The 23rd assist broke the 25-year-old record previously held by Sue Neal (1983-1986). RU held the lead for 20 minutes before sophomore goalkeeper Sydney Encarnacion gave up a goal on a penalty stroke by App State’s Brooklyn Shearer.
The score remained tied 1-1 as the teams headed into halftime. Register wasted no time in scoring her second goal of the night giving the Highs the lead that they would keep throughout the rest of the game. With the goal, Register is tied for the most goals on the team with five and Wadolowski recorded another assist on the goal to give her 24 in her career.
Just 12 shorts minute later, RU added a cushion to their lead that would prove to be useful later on in the match. Senior back Lynsey Daughtrey tallied this goal for the Highs off a rebound shot and was unassisted in the play.
Both teams continued to play hard and Mountaineer Jessi Stuart tried to propel her team to a win with one last push when she connected for a goal in the 70th minute off of a penalty corner. But the goal proved to come too late and the Highs’ were able to hold on to get the win over their fierce NorPac rival.
Radford improved to 5-6 overall on the year and 1-2 in NorPac play. App State fell to 1-8 overall and 1-1 in NorPac play with their only win coming over Radford in the previous game between the two teams. RU led in the amount of shots on goal (18-9) and penalty corners (11-4). App State had more saves (10) than the Highs (3) showing that RU came out firing with a massive offensive assault. Encarnacion played the whole game allowing only two goals and saving three.
Radford then headed to face another North Carolina opponent, the University of North Carolina who is ranked number two in the nation. The Highs faced a daunting challenge in this October contest as the Tar Heels have only lost one game thus far.
This match got ugly quick as the Heels jumped on RU within three minutes of playing. Kelsey Kolojejchick put UNC on top with the goal where they would stay for the whole game. Four minutes later the Tar Heels struck again and then again in the 13th minute. With the score continuing to rise, UNC overpowered RU. The score was 3-0 into halftime and the Highs had a lot of catching up to do.
But Carolina continued to distance themselves from RU and the final ended up being 7-0 with little fight from the Highlanders. RU goalkeepers were bombarded with shots and the two split time in the net. Sydney Encarnacion started the game and was then replaced by freshmen goalkeeper Rebecca May in the second half.
The Tar Heels improved to 11-1 with the win while Radford fell to 5-7 on the year, with a 1-2 record in conference play. Next, RU returns home where they will enjoy a three game stand. Their next game will be against Limestone University on Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.