Field Hockey Weathers Rain, Hopes for Brighter Finish

First-year Lauriann Parker helped end the game on Oct. 3 against the College of Wooster by scoring the game-winning point in overtime.  (Photo by Matt Molek)
First-year Lauriann Parker helped end the game on Oct. 3 against the College of Wooster by scoring the game-winning point in overtime. (Photo by Matt Molek)

The field hockey team must wait a little longer to play after their most recent game against Christopher Newport University on Oct. 17 was rained out.

After patiently waiting for almost two weeks since beating the College of Wooster 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 3, the St. Mary’s field hockey team was disappointed to hear that their next game, originally scheduled for Oct. 15, was canceled due to poor field conditions.

Although this particular match against Washington and Lee University will not be rescheduled, the team members are all looking forward to playing the final five games of their season.

The team, with a conference record of 1-3, is determined to finish off the season with a bang by winning their two last conference games against York College and Hood College.

According to senior and co-captain Amanda Bramble, “York will be a big game, considering that we will need to beat them to take the fourth seed in the CAC playoffs.”

The other two seniors and co-captains on the team, Christy Scaljon and Julia Puzak, both agree that the main goal of their team is to improve their record and to win the upcoming games.

“It’s been frustrating,” said Puzak. “Every game we have improved, but we played a lot of teams in our conference early on and so our conference record isn’t the best.

Sophomore Samantha Locke has had a strong record this season,  recently shown in two goals playing against Catholic University. (Photo by Matt Molek)
Sophomore Samantha Locke has had a strong record this season, recently shown in two goals playing against Catholic University. (Photo by Matt Molek)

”Despite this setback, the Lady Hawks have so far tallied up an overall record of 6-4.

It seems to be a general consensus among the co-captains and their coach, Katie Lange ’06, that the highlight of their season has been their victorious 3-2 defeat over Catholic University.

“Winning games against a good team are always super rewarding,” said Scaljon. “It definitely gave us a boost of confidence and showed us that all of our hard work has paid off.”

Coach Lange believes that her team has been “working very well together this year” and that their strengths are their communication skills on the field and their work ethic.

The nine new freshmen have also been making a good impression on their other teammates.

All three captains have expressed their approval of the newcomers by mentioning their “tremendous amount of talent and potential” and that they have “come in and made their presence known.”

The field hockey team’s next game is at home on Oct. 21 against Wesley College.

As a result of having this long break between games, the Lady Hawks are ready to get back onto the field.

“Right now our team is playing really well,” said Bramble.

“I am very confident that this second half is going to be even stronger than the first.”

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