Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey team remained undefeated on the young season with a 6-2 non-conference win over Roanoke College at the University of Mary Washington Tournament Saturday afternoon. Senior captain Olivia Edwards (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) collected her second career hat trick in the win as Edwards scored half of the team's goals.
Sophomore forward Brady Wolf (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh School) gave the Seahawks a 1-0 lead at 18:57 as Wolf finished off a feed from junior midfielder Emily Bishop (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron). Edwards struck for her first of the day at 23:59 to give her team a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Sophomore forward Carly Todd (Crisfield, Md./Crisfield) notched the first goal of the second half at 38:56 to give St. Mary's a 3-0 lead as Wolf assisted on the play.
Roanoke (0-1) avoided the shutout as first-year midfielder Rebecca Schmidt (White Hall, Md./Hereford) tallied an unassisted goal at 42:41. Edwards picked up her second at 47:00 following a pass from junior forward Nina Collins (Clarksville, Md./River Hill) on a penalty corner.
First-year forward Kelsey Palmisano (West Caldwell, N.J./Montclair Kimberly Academy) cut the deficit to 4-2 with an unassisted goal of her own at 49:49.
Edwards and Wolf wrapped up the scoring for the Seahawks in the last 10 minutes of the game as midfielders Rachel Natoli (Silver Spring, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) and Ally Dahlen (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) assisted on the goals.
St. Mary's dominated with a 23-9 shot advantage and a 13-6 margin in penalty corners while senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) made five stops in 57 minutes and fellow classmate Kelly Shuman (Columbia, Md./Atholton) finished out the game.
Senior goalkeeper Candice Fisher (Baltimore, Md./Garrison Forest School) had 11 saves for Roanoke in its season-opening loss.
The Seahawks will be back in action tomorrow as St. Mary's takes on its first ranked opponent of the season, No. 8 Franklin & Marshall College, at 12:00 p.m. F&M posted a 4-3 come-from-behind win over No. 16 Mary Washington in the other half of today's tournament action.
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