By Alexandra Parado
This past week, the field hockey team thrived against Ursinus College and Ramapo College, and advanced its record to 7-1.
On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Lions hosted Ursinus for a 7:30 p.m. match and achieved a 1-0 win after a strenuous clash that went into overtime.
In the first half of the game, both teams had scoring opportunities, but strict defense on both sides prevented the ball from going inside the net.
The score did not change and the second half of the game was still dormant. Both teams continued to brawl but neither defense gave in.
In the middle of the second half, sophomore forward Tori Tiefenthaler and junior forward/midfielder Kayla Peterson attempted to score, but Ursinus’ goalkeeper refuted all efforts.
Unable to score, the game was forced into overtime.
The Lions outshot Ursinus 3-0 and had five penalty corner advantages. In the final corner, junior forward Cayla Andrews looked for senior midfielder/defender Sidney Padilla who scored the only point this game. Ursinus’ defense couldn’t block Padilla’s shot and the Lions ended their night with a well-deserved victory.
Junior goalkeeper Maddie Beaumont finished this shutout battle with four saves.
On Saturday, Sept. 29, the team travelled to Mahwah, New Jersey for a 4:30 p.m. New Jersey Athletic Conference opener against Ramapo, and defeated the team 8-0.
Tiefenthaler was first to get on the board and led the team with two goals in the first half. A short two minutes later, Peterson scored off a shot from senior forward/midfielder Caroline Quinn. After scoring her own goal, Peterson found Andrews who then scored, giving the Lions an additional advantage. The team finished the first half with six goals.
In the second half, Tiefenthaler and senior forward Taylor Barrett each scored unassisted goals. Tiefenthaler scored three total goals this game, while Barrett’s goal concluded the challenge and brought the final score to 8-0.
Beaumont logged two saves this shutout win, totaling 28 saves this season so far.
The Lions are back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 2 when they travel to St. Davids, Pennsylvania to play against Eastern University. On Saturday, Oct. 6, the team will host their second NJAC game against William Paterson University for a 1 p.m. match.