The Lions field hockey team continued to play the same way it has all season: with dominance. The team improved to a perfect 7-0 record after wins against Ramapo College and Messiah College on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 20, respectively.
On Wednesday, the team got on top early with a goal by senior Erin Healy five minutes into the game, set up by none other than senior Lindsey Hatch. The two have been a lethal combination for the team this year, as they have filled up the stat sheet every single game. This was Healy’s 50th career goal, putting her tenth on the College’s all-time list. Hatch continued to create plays for the offense by setting up sophomore Jaclyn Douglas, as well. As if Hatch had not done enough on the offensive side in the first half, she closed with a pair of goals in a time of a mere five minutes.
In the second half, the Lions did not slow down either, with two goals in the first 11 minutes.
The first was netted by Douglas with an assist from Healy and the second by freshman Lauren O’Keefe off of Hatch’s third assist of the day. Hatch, to finish off the game, completed her hat trick, marking the second time this fall she’s recorded 10 points in a game.
On Saturday, Sept. 20, the Lions faced their toughest opponent of the season in the 13th ranked Messiah Falcons. This game marked the fifth-straight away game the Lions have played, a part of a very difficult eight-game road trip in the beginning of the season.
The Falcons proved to be a formidable opponent, taking a 3-1 lead into the second half. However, quickly after the period started, sophomore Lexi Smith scored to reduce the lead, and minutes later, sophomore Alicia Wagner tied up the game with her first goal as a Lion. With 12 minutes left in the game, Smith came up with a clutch goal off of a penalty corner to give the team their fourth and final goal of the game and to put them up by one. This would end up being the final score, thanks to a very strong performance by the defense in the remaining time of the game.
The Lions will put their perfect record on the line on the road again on Tuesday, Sept. 23, against Gwynedd Mercy University.