Field hockey falters on road

RYAN GAULE
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

The University’s field hockey team pulled off a nail-biting 1-0 victory over Oneonta State at Fitzpatrick Field October 17.
Kathleen Keale scored what would prove to be the game-winning goal only 11 minutes into the match, and the defense was able to shut Oneonta down throughout both halves.
Unfortunately, that was not the case Saturday as Scranton saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 2-1 loss to Susquehanna.
Things were looking up for Scranton at halftime, as it was leading 1-0 and looking to lock up a Landmark Conference Tournament bid for the third straight year.
However, thanks to two second half goals, Susquehanna came away with the victory, putting the celebration temporarily on hold for the Royals.
The loss was especially important because it came against a conference rival, as Scranton’s record dropped to 2-2 in the Landmark Conference. Still, Scranton owns an overall record of 12-2, which is tied with Drew for the best overall record.
With 27:37 played in the first half, junior Cassie Mullen scored the first goal of the game, putting the Royals ahead 1-0. It marked the seventh time this season that Mullen found the net. It also put her tied for fifth place in goals scored throughout the Landmark Conference.
“I could not have gotten my goal without my teammates. I was at the right place at the right time. It felt great to be ahead and winning. However, all of our effort left us just short of a couple goals to get the win,” Mullen said.
Mullen also commented on their loss.
“Both the team and I are very upset about the loss on Saturday. We came prepared to win and we had our hearts set on another conference win,” Mullen said.
Junior defender Adrianna Napoletano expressed her feelings about Saturday’s loss as well.
“I think the whole team basically walked off that field feeling like we didn’t play up to our potential. It was the little things that Susquehanna did that helped them get the win,” Napoletano said.
Napoletano did provide a positive outlook for the Royals on its tough loss.
“We did a good job holding them to only two opportunities, except they capitalized on them, which is something we need to do,” Napoletano said.
Napoletano also said the team needs to focus on the games remaining in the season.
“Now to get back in the win column we just need to focus on what is ahead of us and really play as a team,” Napoletano said.
Mullen speculated on what it would take to be able to move forward from this loss.
“We can only learn from that game and what we can do better as a team to be successful in our last two conference games, as well with the rest of our season,” Mullen said. “This loss has helped us really focus and realize that these next two conference games are very important. The loss was disappointing, but I have full confidence that we can rebound from this loss and go out and show Drew and Catholic how great of a team we are.”
With only two weeks left before conference playoffs begin, the Royals will look to bounce back immediately and clinch another tournament berth. As long as this team continues to play together as it has all season, there is no reason to doubt that these girls could go a long way in the playoffs.

contact the writer:
ryan.gaule@scranton.edu

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