Field Hockey Drops Both Matches in Michigan

Amanda Gilmore

The field hockey team’s two-game win streak is over, as Colgate fell to 3-3 last weekend after dropping both of their contests against Miami of Ohio and Central Michigan University.

Utilizing Central Michigan’s facilities as a neutral site, Colgate took on Miami of Ohio last Saturday in what would end as a 1-0 loss for the Raiders.

After 20 minutes of even play in the first half, Miami of Ohio broke the stalemate as they scored off a corner play to take a 1-0 lead; a score that would prove to be enough for a Red Hawk victory. Junior goalkeeper Sarah Pedersen ended the game with a respectable seven saves.

Hoping to end the weekend on a high note, Colgate took the field again last Sunday against Central Michigan University. Looking to settle the score from last year’s loss to the Raiders, the Chippewas came out strong and maintained their momentum throughout the game, which ended in their favor, 7-1.

In the opening 10 minutes alone, Central Michigan registered two goals and never looked back. After a third Chippewas goal was scored, the Raiders finally answered back as sophomore midfielder Alison Waugh scored Colgate’s lone goal of the game, ruining Central Michigan’s hopes of a shutout.

While the Raiders were presented with opportunities to make the game a one-goal difference, Colgate just could not capitalize and slowly things began to dissipate.

“Our lines were having a difficult time connecting with one another and it seemed as if we could not all get on the same page,” senior co-captain and defender Kaley Zaharris explained. “We had a chance to make the score 3-2 at one point in the first half, but we just could not capitalize on the opportunity.”

Less than two minutes after Waugh’s tally, the Chippewas answered back which would allow them to head into half time with a 4-1 lead.

Central Michigan would go on to score three more unanswered goals in the second half to end the game’s scoring.

“Right now our team needs to focus on the elements of our game that need adjusting to make sure we are fully prepared when it is time to take on other Patriot League teams,” Zaharris noted. “Luckily we have a few more weeks until we start league play and I definitely have faith that we will be able to make the necessary changes by that time.”

Colgate will look to get back on a win streak this weekend, as they head to Pennsylvania to battle Lock Haven tomorrow and St. Francis on Sunday.