Published: November 6, 2015
The University’s field hockey team’s incredible season ended Wednesday night against Elizabethtown College in the Landmark Conference Semifinals.
The Elizabethtown Blue Jays entered the game as the top seed in the conference, while Scranton entered as the fourth seed.
Despite the Royals playing hard, the Elizabethtown won 2-0. It was the second meeting between the two teams in a week, as Elizabethtown beat Scranton last Saturday.
Elizabethtown entered the game with a record of 10-6, including a conference record of 5-1. With the win over Scranton, Elizabethtown advances to the Landmark Conference Finals.
The team’s stingy defense held Elizabethtown to a mere seven shots on goal. However, the Blue Jays scored their first goal in the 31st minute, and then again at the end of the first period.
With the loss to Elizabethtown, the University’s field hockey ended its season with a record of 13-5 and a record of 4-3.
The team was hoping its momentum from the regular season played a big role in its game. Although the team entered the postseason on a two-game losing streak, the members kept the same confidence they had during the start of the season.
The team was incredibly battle-tested and has won games in every variety: regulation, overtime, offensive displays and defensive struggles.
Adversity was a common theme throughout the year, but the team became stronger because of it. The team refused to break, even when things got tough, and the members of the team displayed a lot of resolve.
Although the senior class boasted a large sum of talent, the entire team was strong.
Throughout the duration of the season, the team benefited from every class, as even some first-year players had big contributions. No one player carried the team, as the members played as a cohesive unit during the entire year.
Seniors Alyssa Whitman, Bryan Frankhouser, Lara Haab, Meghan Kearney, Lauren deQuintal, Jessica Pankey and Krista Osborne led the field hockey team during the year, and they did a great job providing guidance for the younger members of the team.
The team displayed a lot of balance during the year, as both the offense and defense complemented each other. The team had a number of games in which the stingy, aggressive defense stole the show, as the team was able to play in seven shutouts.
However, the team also had a penchant for high-scoring affairs. The team scored five or more goals on three separate occasions, including a nine-goal outing at Moravian College Oct. 25.
The team also produced two Landmark Conference Athletes of the Week. Senior Alyssa Whitman was named AOTW for the week Aug.31-Sept.6, and senior Krista Osborne earned the honor for the week of Oct.19-25.
Despite the disappointing conclusion to the season, the field hockey team has a reason to be proud of its performance throughout the year. The team finished with 13 or more wins for the second straight year, and it was the fifth straight year with double-digit wins.
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