Last week, Field Hockey traveled to Durham, New Hampshire to face off against the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Wildcats on Friday and the Rider University Broncos on Saturday. The ladies split the pair, falling to UNH 3-2 and shutting-out Rider 3-0.
In their first contest, the Raiders fell behind early as UNH scored after a mere 38 seconds of play. Two-and-a-half minutes later, senior Lauren Remkus evened things up with a quick goal from the attack zone. Junior Lauren Carey gave Colgate the lead at 18:06 when she drilled in a goal after receiving the ball from sophomore Maddie Watrobski off a penalty corner. The Raider lead remained 2-1 throughout the remainder of the half.
“We had let UNH come down and score 30 seconds into the game, and at that point we could have given up,” sophomore Katelyn Nerbonne said. “But instead we returned with a quick goal and were able to get the lead going into halftime.”
UNH came out strong in the second half, tying the score five minutes in with a conversion on a failed penalty corner. This scene repeated at 48:43 as another failed penalty corner conversion lead to the winning goal for UNH, finalizing the score at 3-2.
The next day, the Raiders came out ready for a win.
“We did not make a lot of adjustments after Friday’s game, Nerbonne said. “We just knew we needed our first win and it had to come Saturday. In the game Saturday, it was all about scoring and refusing to let Rider come back as Syracuse and UNH had done in the first two games.”
Despite being held scoreless in the first 38 minutes of the game, Colgate out-shot Rider 6-4 in the first half and 17-9 overall. The first goal came at 38:10, when the duo of senior Natali Plesniarski and junior Maddie Watrobski assisted on junior Lauren Carey’s second goal of the weekend.
A penalty corner at 62:45 by junior Laura Flisnik upped the Raider lead to 2-0. Three minutes later, Rider was finished off by an unassisted Nerbonne goal.
“We have strength all over the field and we have depth on the sidelines,” said Remkus.”Everyone has worked extremely hard this summer and during preseason to contribute to this team’s success.”
Colgate continues its journey with a five-game home stand, which begins this Saturday against Central Michigan at Tyler’s Field. Game time is at 7 p.m.