Field hockey set to haunt teams in postseason

 PHOTO COURTESY OF SCRANTON ATHLETICS SENIOR ALYSSA Whitman looks to score during the field hockey team’s 9-2 win against Moravian Saturday. Whitman and senior Krista Osborne scored three goals each. The team’s final regular season game is Wednesday. Its postseason begins Wednesday.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SCRANTON ATHLETICS / SENIOR ALYSSA Whitman looks to score during the field hockey team’s 9-2 win against Moravian Saturday. Whitman and senior Krista Osborne scored three goals each. The team’s final regular season game is Wednesday. Its postseason begins Wednesday.

Published: October 30, 2015

RYAN DISDIER
Sports Editor

The field hockey team’s impressive season continues as the team prepares for postseason play.

The season has been full of numerous high points, as the team is currently tied for the fourth most wins in University history.

After starting the season with nine straight victories, the team has earned a record of 13-2 that includes a conference record of 4-2.

Senior Krista Osborne, who scored a hat trick in the team’s 9-2 win against Moravian College, said the 9-0 start to the year was great, but too short.

“It was awesome,” Osborne said. “It sucked when it ended. That was something I thought was keeping up our energy, just because we didn’t want to lose. We lost to two teams, and we’ll probably see one of them again in the playoffs.”

The team has proven to be resilient and tenacious, and they only have lost one game in regulation. Throughout the 9-0 start and the rest of the season, the team played in three overtime games.

Osborne believes having to battle adversity early and often has helped this team immensely.

“Well, we never like to go into overtime,” Osborne said. “But we’ve actually ended up there quite a few times. I think the pressure of that has definitely helped us throughout the entire season. Over time, just knowing how much pressure we could be under makes playing in the overtime games very beneficial.”

The team is getting positive play from first-year players through seniors, and the multitude of talent has helped the team to be so successful. There might be some inexperience, but there is also a lot of energy.

“We had a lot of upperclassmen last year, so our team was older. But I we graduated nine seniors,” Osborne said. “This year, we have a very young team, but I think that adds a lot of spunk and energy. I also think we’re a lot closer than we have been in years past.”

Although the team has enjoyed a lot of success this year, they do not want to only be remembered for having a stellar regular season.

Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Black said the team has to keep doing what it did all season: communicate.

“We need to keep up the communication and the passing in the postseason. It’s really just communication-based. It helps us see where each other are so we can make clear passes,” Black said.

Black also noted how in sync the team has been throughout the season.

“Everyone connects really well. Everyone just connects stick-to-stick,” Black said. “It’s not just 11 individuals out there; we’re all playing as a unit.”

The team does not know who it will play in the first game of the postseason, but the members do know it will be a team they have played before. Although the stage will be different, the preparation will likely remain the same.

“We’re preparing for the postseason the same way we prepared for the regular season,” Black said. “We don’t know exactly who we’re going to play, but it’s going to be a team we’ve already played this year. Once we find out who we’re playing, I think we’re going to use our experience from the last game we played against that team and just fix the little mistakes and execute more.”

The team’s last game of the regular season is Saturday, and postseason play begins Wednesday.

Contact the writer: ryan.disdier@scranton.edu

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