Field Hockey Recap
First Round States
Friends 2, Indian River 1 (OT)
Photo: Indian River goalie Lisa Morrissey
Seeded 15th, the Indians literally took No. 2 Friends to the limit. Not until Caeli Rubens' goal on a penalty corner with no time left in overtime did the Indians surrender.
IR took a 1-0 lead just 2:20 into the game on a goal by Leigh Ann Ambrose. Friends tied the game, though, on a goal by Sara Schmidt with 17:26 remaining in the first half.
Outstanding goaltending by Indian goalie Lisa Morrissey prevented the heavily favored Quakers from taking the lead in regulation.
Morrissey finished with 15 saves, including 5 in overtime.
Indian River finished its season with a 10-7 record, while Friends rose to 15-2 and advanced to the tournament quarterfinals.
Indian River 8, Dover 0
Photo: Indian River's Robin Lee
The Indians exploded for their season high in goals as Ali Ambrose and Jackie Gray each recorded a hat trick.
The victory lifted IR to 6-4 in the Henlopen Conference and 7-6 overall and kept its state tournament hopes alive.
Besides Ambrose and Gray, Mandy Richards and Robin Lee also got into the act with a goal apiece.
Gray and Leigh Ann Ambrose added two assists apiece. Holly Miskin and Michelle Clark each had one assist.
The Indians outshot Dover 12-6 while trailing 12-8 in penalty corners.
IR goalie Lisa Morrissey posted 4 saves for the shutout. The Indians led 5-0 at halftime.
Indian River 1,
Caesar Rodney 0
The Indians pulled out a Henlopen Conference win in dramatic fashion when Katilin Harker found the net on a penalty stroke late in the game. IR trailed 10-8 in shots and 12-5 in penalty corners, but IR goalie Lisa Morrissey kept the Riders out of the net with 6 saves and gave the Indians time to score on Harker's goal with just 2:23 remaining.
Sussex Central 3, Indian River 2 (OT)
The Indians suffered their second straight defeat with a nonconference loss to their intra-district rivals. Indian River rallied to tie the score 2-2 and force overtime on a goal by Katlin Harker at the 26:52 mark of the second half. Sussex Central scored the game-winner, though, on a goal by Kimmy Bausch at the 2:42 mark of overtime. Goalie Lisa Morrissey registered 8 saves. IR trailed Central 12-8 in shots and 12-5 in penalty corners.
Lake Forest 4, Indian River 2
The Indians' two-game win streak came to an end with the Henlopen Conference Southern Division loss. Now 3-3 in the conference and 4-4 overall, IR got goals from Holly Miskin and Leigh Ann Ambrose. The Indians trailed 15-5 in shots and 23-8 in penalty corners.
Indian River 4, Polytech 0
Photo: Indian River's Katlin Harker
The Indians recorded their second straight nonconference win and their second straight shutout to rise to 4-3 overall.
Ali Ambrose scored Indian River's final two goals, while Leigh Ann Ambrose scored the first goal to give IR a 1-0 halftime lead. It's the second straight game Ali Ambrose has scored 2 goals. She has scored 5 goals this year.
Katlin Harker, substituting for an injured player, scored the Indians' second goal on a penalty stroke in the second half. It was the first goal of Harker's career.
"She was subbed in and she executed," said IR head coach Kathleen Fluharty.
Registering assists for the Indians were Ali and Leigh Ann Ambrose and Jackie Gray. Goalie Lisa Morrissey collected the shutout with 7 saves.
The Indians led Polytech 21-7 in shots and 23-6 in penalty corners.
Indian River 4, Tatnall 0
Photo: Indian River's Mandy Richards
The Indians scored a big nonconference victory behind Ali Ambrose and Jackie Gray.
Ambrose and Gray scored two goals apiece, with each scoring a goal in each half, as Indian River evened its record at 3-3 overall with its first shutout of the season.
Goalie Lisa Morrissey recorded the shutout with 2 saves, while Mandy Richards contributed 2 assists.
Gray also assisted on one of Ambrose's goals. Gray and Ambrose have scored three goals apiece this season.
The Indians led Tatnall in the major statistics, with advantages of 10-0 in shots and 14-0 in penalty corners.
Caravel 2, Indian River 1
Photo: Indian River head coach Kathleen Fluharty
The Indians suffered a nonconference loss after tying the score early in the second half.
Leigh Ann Ambrose tied the game at 1-1 at the 6:23 mark of the second half on an assist from Holly Miskin, but Caravel won the game with a goal at 17:56.
The Indians trailed 15-14 in shots but led 9-4 in penalty corners.
Goalie Lisa Morrissey posted 6 saves.
The loss dropped the Indians to 2-3 overall.
Indian River 4,
Photo: Indian River's Leigh Ann Ambrose
The Indians had to come from behind three times to finally subdue Laurel in a Henlopen Conference Southern Division contest.
Indian River trailed 1-0 at halftime and 2-1 and 3-2 in the second half before rallying for two consecutive goals.
Leigh Ann Ambrose, Holly Miskin, Breanne Morin and Jessica Savage scored the Indians' second-half goals.
Now 2-2 overall and in the conference, Indian River outshot Laurel 16-15 in shots.
Cape Henlopen 6, Indian River 1
Photo: Indian River's Mandy Richards
The Indians were dominated throughout but hung tough in the first half as goalie Lisa Morrissey held Cape Henlopen to only one goal.
The floodgates opened in the second half, however, as the defending Henlopen Conference champions knocked in four goals in less than 10 minutes to put the contest away.
The Indians managed only one shot in the game, but senior Mandy Richards made it count with a late goal.
IR trailed 24-1 in shots and 13-1 in penalty corners.
Goalie Lisa Morrissey recorded 11 saves for the Indians.
Delmar 2, Indian River 1
Photo: Indian River's Ali Ambrose
The Indians suffered a heart-breaking loss when the defending Henlopen Conference Southern Division champions scored on a penalty stroke with less than two minutes left in a game the Indians controlled throughout.
Indian River outshot Delmar 13-6 and led 11-3 in penalty corners, but could only manage a first half goal by Ali Ambrose.
The Indians are now 1-1 in the conference and overall.
Indian River 4, Milford 1
Photo: Indian River's Holly Miskin
The Indians scored a big early-season win over one of the teams expected to challenge for the Henlopen Conference Southern Division title this year.
Holly Miskin scored two goals to lead IR. Leigh Anne Ambrose and Jackie Gray scored the Indians' other goals.
Indian River dominated Milford as it led 17-10 in shots and 11-2 in penalty corners.
Lisa Morrissey had six saves in goal for IR.
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