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Eagles Top W&J for Fifth Win of the Season

(Posted September 14, 2004)

Kim Wagner scored a first-half hat-trick, then added an assist in the second half to lead Juniata to a 5-0 win over Washington & Jefferson.

Juniata 5, Washington & Jefferson 0

Huntingdon, Pa. ? The Juniata College field hockey team extended its winning streak to five matches with a resounding 5-0 victory over Washington and Jefferson in Washington Tuesday night. The win improved Juniata?s record to 5-0 on the season, while Washington and Jefferson fell to 2-4 on the season.

Juniata?s five-match winning streak matches the longest streak in the program?s history. The Eagles put together similar streaks in both 1988 and 1989.

Juniata got all the offense it would need from freshman Kim Wagner (Middletown/Middletown) in the first half. Wagner netted a hat trick in the first 35 minutes, to give the Eagles a commanding 3-0 lead. The first tally came 20 minutes into the first half as Wagner beat keeper Heather Browne off an assist from Grace McCluskey (West Perry/Elliotsburg). It was Wagner again two minutes later as she knocked home a pass from Meredith Low (Sun Valley/Aston). She capped her first-half scoring spree with a score five minutes before the halftime whistle, this time off a feed from Elise Zimmerman (Cumberland Valley/Boiling Springs). Juniata went into halftime leading 3-0.

The second half was more of the same as the Eagles continued to pressure. Five minutes into the half it was another freshman Michelle Campbell (Northern Lebanon/Annville) scoring off a feed from Wagner to boost the lead to 4-0.

Washington and Jefferson increased its offensive pressure in the second stanza, firing six shots at the Juniata net. Melonie Sappe? (Dallas/Shavertown) played 60 minutes in the cage and made three saves. Andrea Way (Fair Haven Union/Fair Haven, Vt.) came on for the final 10 minutes and made four stops to preserve the shutout.

Juniata then capped the scoring in the final minute as Sarah Bender (Eastern York/York) knocked home the fifth goal with Sierra Dickman (Foxcroft School/Marshall, Va.) earning the assist.

Each of Juniata?s five-game winning streaks have come at the beginning of seasons. The Eagles have outscored their opponents 13-3 during this stretch.

Juniata will look to set the program mark for the longest winning streak on Saturday when the Eagles host non-conference opponent Gettysburg.

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