Kamel’s Hat Trick Lifts Field Hockey to Best Start in Program History

By Purnell T. Cropper | October 5, 2012

The Arcadia University Field Hockey team rallied back from a two-goal deficit to beat non-conference opponent Keystone College, 5-3, at Riverfront Sports Complex in Scranton, Pa. The Knights scored five unanswered goals on the way to the win and a 9-2 record—the best start in program history.

Megan Fry gave Keystone a 1-0 lead just 3:22 into the game by finding the back of the cage after taking a feed from Hope Krolewski following a penalty corner. The Giants doubled their lead at the 17:05 mark, when Brittany Cardona scored unassisted.

Arcadia got a goal back at the 19:44 mark. Freshman Jennie Kamel scored off an assist from senior Lauren Altera. Just three minutes later, sophomore Molly Goldstein tied the game for the Knights. Arcadia was awarded a penalty stroke with just 18 seconds to play in the first half, and freshman Taylor Dalisera converted the stroke to give the Knights their first lead of the match.

Kamel’s second goal of the game came 8:16 into the second half, extending the Knights’ lead to 4-2. Altera assisted Kamel’s third tally of the afternoon with just over 19 and a half minutes to play to put the Giants in a three-goal deficit.

Keystone battled until the end and was rewarded with 1:18 to play when Hope Krolewski rifled home a shot for her 11th goal of the season.

The Knights, who held a 20-9 advantage in shots for the game, got two saves from freshman Mia DePlato, who earned the win, while senior Sarah Baumgardner made one stop in the final 16:59 in goal for Arcadia.

Nichole Blank and Amy Denmon split time equally in Keystone’s cage, with Blank making four saves in the first half and Denmon turning aside two shots in the second half.

The Knights return to Conference play on Sunday, Oct. 7, as they travel to Hood College to take on the Blazers at 1 p.m.

Photo by Josh Blustein