By Christine Houghton
The field hockey team refused to back down in its final game of the season, as it took the finale over Stockton University 5-1 and heads to the postseason with a record of 16-0.
Four minutes in, freshman midfielder/defender Jess Hatch started the game off with the correct handling of a penalty shot, which put the team up 1-0.
By the end of the first quarter, junior forward Tori Tiefenthaler moved past Stockton’s goalie to increase the Lions’ lead by one.
Hatch came back for more during the second quarter after knocking in a pass from senior forward Tori Hannah to put the team up 3-0. Her score was quickly followed by Stockton’s only response of the game.
Sophomore midfielder/defender Camryn Ley made a strong pass to junior midfielder Samantha Reed, who put the Lions up 4-1 going into halftime.
To start off the second half, Reed assisted senior forward Cayla Andrews, who scored the final goal of the game. The score marked Andrews’ 27th of the season. On defense, the rest of the game was upheld by the efforts of senior goalkeeper Maddie Beaumont.
The team returns to the turf to host the first round of the New Jersey Athletic Conference tournament today at 2 p.m., where it will face Stockton University yet again.