Field Hockey falls short in conference semifinals

Becca Ferenci
Staff Writer

The field hockey team lost 3-0 to Catholic University Wednesday in the Landmark Conference Semifinals, marking the end of the team’s season.

Both teams went without scoring for the first 20 minutes, with strong defensive play by both sides. At the 20-minute mark, Catholic scored the first goal of the game. Catholic then followed its first goal with another score two minutes later. The Royals stopped an offensive surge right before halftime, with a defensive save by senior defender Michelle Lennon with two seconds left in the half.

In the second half, Catholic scored an early third goal. The Royals then held Catholic scoreless for the rest of the second half, but were unable to score themselves. Scranton finished with seven shots and five Mundy saves in goal. Fania led the team with three shots on goal.

The field hockey team’s strong regular season earned it the fourth spot in the Landmark Conference. Along with a regular-season record of 13-5 and a playoff spot, the team had individual players at the top of the conference for several statistical categories.

Senior midfielder Alyssa Fania currently leads the conference in all four offensive categories including goals, assists, shots and points. Junior midfielder and forward Krista Osborne is in second place in the conference in goals and points. Senior goalkeeper Krista Mundy leads the conference with six shutouts.

The field hockey team had a hot start with a six-game winning streak to open the season. In the first five games, the team outscored their opponents 29-0.

Mundy said that as the season went on, the competition increased.

“But overall, I think we’ve impressed everybody with our record,” she said.

With the fourth seed in the playoffs, the team was matched against the top team, Catholic University. Catholic is the returning champion and defeated the Royals in the regular season 2-1 on Oct. 18. The Royals wanted to upset Catholic in the team’s second meeting of the season Wednesday, but were unable to do so.

Both Mundy and Osborne spoke of the importance of the mental aspect of the game, especially in the post season.

“We’re all physically in the best shape we have been all year. So now it’s more like a mental game,” Osborne said.

To prepare for the game, head coach Colleen Moyer had the team focus on shooting drills. Osborne said finishing their shots on goal has been a struggle. She said that finishing shots and staying focused would be the keys to victory.

The field hockey team finishes with an overall record of 13-6 and a conference record of 4-3.

 

Nov. 6, 2014

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