Burns’ Four Goals Leads Pacific Past Colgate

Savannah Burns - Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography
Savannah Burns - Photo Courtesy of Meghan Laurel Photography

HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Pacific field hockey team finished the regular season on a high note with a dominating 7-1 win over the Colgate Raiders Sunday afternoon. Savannah Burns netted four goals and registered an assist, while Kriekie van Wyk notched a hat trick and an assist. With Burns' nine points, she crossed the 100-career point mark making her the second highest point scorer in Pacific history with a total of 108 points. She also tied the program record for most goals scored in a single game, with four.
 
With the win, the Tigers finish the regular season 9-8 overall and 4-2 in America East Conference play. The 5-1 victory marks the fifth time this season that the Tigers have posted five or more goals in a game. Colgate falls to 4-13 on the year, and remains 0-6 in the Patriot League.
 
The Tigers wasted no time as they forced a penalty corner in the fourth minute of play, which allowed Pacific to setup to strike. Gaby de Kock inserted the ball into Nthabi Maine who stopped the ball perfectly for Kriekie van Wyk who blasted a shot to the top left corner of the net giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.
 
Colgate knotted the score when they created a breakaway into the Tigers' zone and tapped in a shot to make it 1-1 in the 22nd minute of play. Less than a minute later, the Tigers made their way into the Raiders' zone and amid a scrum in front of the net, the Tigers earned a penalty stroke. Burns elected to take the stroke for the Tigers and with ease, slipped it by the Raider 'keeper to score her first goal of the game to make it 2-1 in favor of Pacific.
 
Another minute later, the Tigers were on the attack again in the Raider zone when Burns posted up on the end line and sent the ball into the front of the net and van Wyk got a stick on the ball and tapped it in for her second goal of the afternoon and her 15th of the season.
 
At the end of the first 35, the Tigers outshot the Raiders 16-3 and held the advantage in penalty corners, 9-0.
 
The second half was controlled by the Tigers once again as Pacific registered three more goals and four corners to breeze past the Raiders. Burns found the back of the net once again as she showed off her moves and dribbled the ball around multiple Colgate defenders and ripped a strike past the 'keeper to net the first hat trick of her impressive career. Burns wasn't done as the next Tiger goal came off a penalty corner when Emma Leach inserted the ball to Maine who setup the shot for Burns who then blasted the ball in for her fourth goal of the game and her 14th of the season.
 
Pacific brought the score to its final 7-1, when van Wyk rifled a shot toward the goal and was saved by the Raider goalkeeper, but van Wyk found her own rebound and backhanded the ball into the back of the net for her third goal of the game and third hat trick of the season.
 
At the end of two, the Tigers took a season-high 31 shots as van Wyk recorded a season-high 12 shots, while Burns also took a season-high nine shots. Alicia Muinos added a trio of strikes, while Axelle Steffen and Hayley Kilfoil also added a pair.
 
The Orange and Black held the Raiders to only three shots on goal during the match and two penalty corners, while the Tigers recorded a season-high 13 penalty corners.
 
With the conclusion of the regular season, the Tigers look to prepare for the America East Conference tournament. Pacific was allotted the third seed in the West Division and will take on the two seed from the East Division, Maine, on Friday, November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. Live streaming and live stats will be available via AE.TV.
 
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