|Field Hockey (10/27/11)
STOCKTON CRUISES TO 9-1 WIN
Richard Stockton (9-7) guaranteed itself of finishing the season with a winning record for the first time in the program’s history by dominating Mercy College (NY) (1-15) 9-1 in the Ospreys’ final home game.
Susie Balidemaj (Hamilton/Steinert) led Stockton with two goals and two assists while Alicia Leadbeater (Franklinville/Delsea) added two goals and an assist.
Balidemaj scored her first of the game just 2:33 after the opening whistle and Marissa Kluber answered for Mercy at the 18:20 mark to tie the game at 1-1. Stockton took over from there, scoring eight unanswered goals for the 9-1 win.
Jenny Carpenter (Egg Harbor City/Absegami) started the onslaught and Leadbeater netted her first marker of the game four-and-a-half minutes later for a 3-1 Stockton lead at the half. The Ospreys wasted little time after the break as Susanne Anzabi (Mt. Laurel/ Lenape) scored just 2:16 into the second stanza.
Balidemaj then made it 5-1 with her second goal of the game and 12th of the season, tying her own school record from last year. Leadbeater added her second tally of the game less than two minutes later for a 6-1 score.
The Stockton bench then got into the act as sophomore Janice Dutko (Allentown/ Allentown) struck for her first goal of the season. Freshmen Sierra Chambers (Mt. Ephraim/Audubon) and Cassie Kirk (Middletown/Middletown South) each scored their first career goals to close out the 9-1 Stockton win.
Rileigh Ruff (Delran/Delran) and Jade Yelk (Middletown/Middletown North) each registered their first career point with an assist in the contest as well.
Goaltender Liz Stankiewicz (Freehold Twp./Freehold Twp.) earned the win, playing the first 47:11 before she was replaced by Taylor Snyder (Marlton/Cherokee). Sara Winters (Blackwood/Triton) made her college debut with three saves in the last 10:17.
Mercy goalkeeper Kristen Znaniecki finished with eight saves, including one on a penalty stroke. Marie Roser contributed two defensive stops for the Mavericks.