Field hockey remains undefeated

SENIOR MIDFIELDER Alyssa Fania controls the ball in a recent game. With a goal last game, Fania is now 5th all-time in Royal’s history with 31 goals.

SENIOR MIDFIELDER Alyssa Fania controls the ball in a recent game. With a goal last game, Fania is now 5th all-time in Royal’s history with 31 goals.

Sara Meyers

Sports Correspondent

The field hockey team has yet to lose a game this season. The team (6-0) has the best record in the Landmark Conference. Scranton is the only remaining undefeated team in the conference. It is also the only team that did not allow a goal through its first 5 games, thanks to the outstanding play of senior goalkeeper Krista Mundy.

The team’s shutout streak was broken in a 2-1 victory at Misericordia University Wednesday night.

Along with a goalkeeper leading the conference in shutouts, the team also has the top two players on both the goals leaderboard and the points leaderboard in junior forward Krista Osborne and senior midfielder Alyssa Fania. At the moment, Osborne has the slight edge, but is followed closely by Fania.

“I would say there’s definitely friendly competition, but that’s not just between her and I,” Osborne said. “We have a competitive squad as it is, I wouldn’t want to get in their way.”

An undefeated start to the season is not something a team experiences every year, so this year has undoubtedly been special for the field hockey team.

Osborne said a strong start to the season is crucial.

“The first one of the season [was most important], for sure,” Osborne said. “It’s always good to start the season off strong and with at least one win under your belt. It just sets the tone for the rest of the season.”

There were not, however, any tangible differences between this year and last year that Mundy could see in terms of preparation.

“We made it so far in playoffs last year that I think the chance to bring home a championship became very real, and this made us all push ourselves harder than before,” Mundy said.

In the team’s first five victories, all of which were played with Mundy in goal, there were no goals scored by the opponent. That is certainly a unique feat for any athlete, but Mundy doesn’t take all the credit.

“It has been very rewarding, but it is not something I did alone and I could never take credit away from my fabulous teammates and coaching staff,” Mundy said.

Meanwhile, it is never too early to start talking about the playoffs. The team is an obvious favorite to make the playoffs with such a dominant start – both on offense and on defense – to the season. The team may even have a legitimate chance to win the Landmark Conference Title.

“Without a doubt I think this is our year,” Mundy said. “We have a large and experienced senior class, and none of us want it to end so I believe we will all work very hard to play for as long as we can to accomplish as much as we can.”

A start like this does not come around too often, and when it does it just seems like the team is destined for a top finish. In the end, however, everyone will have to wait and see how the rest of the season plays out.

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