BY EMMA BLACK
The University’s field hockey team is off to a strong start in the 2013 season. The Royals are 3-0 so far on the season after defeating Muhlenberg College, Misericordia University, and Marywood University. Although the team lost two top players, the current members have a positive outlook on the season.
“The team is looking pretty strong right now. We’re coming off of a three-game winning streak, it has been a big loss losing Corrine [O’Kane]and Gretchen [Kempf] from last season,” senior midfielder Megan McLaughlin said.
She believes the additions to the team will add to the team’s success.
“With the new incoming freshman and the upperclassmen stepping up their game I really am confident for the season,” McLaughlin added.
The team will look to it’s vast junior and senior class to integrate the new players.
“We have a lot of returners coming back, so we have a lot of experience and a lot of experience playing together. They are a very hardworking and dedicated team,” head coach Colleen Moyer said.
The team has many players who are able to find the net.
“We were a little worried about the scoring because we lost one of our forwards from last year, but so far the girls have stepped up and made it happen,” Moyer said. “We’re going to continue to work on our offense. We do have girls who are more than capable of stepping up and taking the role, but they are not used to that yet.”
“We seem to be a second-half team. We’ve scored all of our goals in the second half coming from behind, and we’ve realized that we need to step it up. We’ve been pounding the cage a lot but it’s just those little touches we need,” junior Alyssa Fania said.
Team chemistry is also important. Members say it is the great bond among the girls that will help them at tough times.
“Everyone on our team is so open, we’re all friends. On the field we stress that we’re not yelling at each other-it’s constructive criticism and everybody takes it well,” Fania said.
McLaughlin thinks the team’s bond will help the team as the season progresses.
“Chemistry and unity will definitely be a factor for us especially when we get into our conference games. Those big key factors will really make or break us in the end,” McLaughlin said.
Coach Moyer anticipates that the final two games of the conference against Drew University and Catholic University will be the toughest.
“I think Drew and Catholic are going to be our two biggest rivals this year. They were the two teams who went to the conference final last year so our biggest goals are to beat them,” Moyer said.
Moyer said she will get the team into top shape and sharpen their skills in order to be ready to take on their rivals.
“We’re a very conditioned team so, if it came down to overtime, we should be able to keep up. She always encourages us. We do a lot of drills that focus on the things we need to work on, so I think we are improving,” Fania said.
Moyer noted the team is improving on it’s passing and picking up where it left off last season and is confident the team will be at their peak before the end of the season.
“I’m just expecting them to be better than they were last year, and what’s great about this team is they are so motivated and they want it really badly, so I think they can definitely do it,” Moyer said.
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