Oberlin Silences the Thunder to Win 4th Straight

Oberlin, Ohio Oberlin had their toughest test of the season to date, but they rose to the challenge, knocking off the Trine Thunder 8-5 on Tuesday night at Fred Shults Field.

With the win, Oberlin improved to 4-0 on the young season and is off to one of the best starts in school history. Additionally they have already matched last season's win total.

On the night the Yeowomen were led by rookie sensation Kate Hanick and junior Molly Bloom as they each scored three goals. Bloom, who scored all three of her goals in the second half, added a team-high four draw controls. Hanick now has a team-leading 15 goals, while Bloom is tied for second with 13 scores.

It appeared Hanick scored the first goal of the game just minutes in, but an Oberlin violation wiped out the finish. However, she would later add the first tally of the contest at the 20:45 mark, driving right through the Trine defense and finishing in the top shelf of the cage.

Following a Thunder score to tie things up at the 17:22 mark, Hanick would answer just over a minute later. She would then assist on Bronwen Schumacher's score to make it a 3-1 cushion for the Yeowomen.

Trine continued to fight and scored two more goals in the opening half. Luckily, Hanick netted her third score of the frame at 10:24 to give Oberlin a 4-3 lead at the break.

Bloom deposited the first goal of the second half to give Oberlin some breathing room, but Trine would once against get back to within one, 5-4, courtesy of a Shelly Raupp 8-meter score.

From there Bloom would answer with a free-position goal of her own and add another in the run of play with 9:33 remaining to make it a 7-4 game.

Trine threated a comeback by adding another tally at 7:37, but senior Alice Zicht would eventually put the game away for good with an insurance score with just over three minutes to play.

The Yeowomen out-shot the Thunder 22-13 and won the ground ball battle 20-13. However, the visitors did win nine of the game's 15 draw controls.

The Yeowomen will now take to the road for the next six games before returning home to host Mount St. Joes April 12. Their first opponent of the extend trip will be Waynesburg University on March 24. The opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.

2012-03-21



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