By Christine Houghton
The field hockey team hosted Franklin and Marshall University on Saturday, Nov. 16, for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, ending in an unfortunate 4-3 loss for the Lions. The team’s season came to a close after its 18-game winning streak was snapped.
Late in the first quarter, sophomore midfielder/defender Camryn Ley sent a strong pass to senior forward Cayla Andrews for the game’s first goal. This would be the Lions’ only goal going into halftime, as Franklin and Marshall not only stifled them defensively, but scored two goals on top of that.
The team came out strong to start the third quarter, with Ley landing yet another assist, this time to junior forward Tori Tiefenthaler, to tie the score 2-2.
Franklin and Marshall followed suit at the end of the quarter, as it converted a penalty shot for a 3-2 lead. Early in the fourth quarter, senior forward/midfielder Kayla Peterson converted a penalty corner to yet again tie the game, this time 3-3.
Both teams would take this score to the end of regulation and push the game into overtime, where it would only take Franklin and Marshall about two minutes to seal the deal and put away a 4-3 win.
The team ends its season 18-1 and ranked No. 1 for the first time since 2015.