Field Hockey Finishes On Top

Field Hockey Finishes On Top

Emily Rawdon

Last weekend the Raiders took the field for their final two games of the field hockey season against rivals Lehigh and Cornell.

Saturday’s game opened with a quick Lehigh goal at the game’s start. The Raiders responded with 4:47 left in the first half, when freshman Courtney Kundtz found the net. This was followed two and a half minutes later by a goal scored by sophomore Laura Flisnik off a pass from classmate Lauren Carey.

Colgate sealed the win with 4:25 left in the game when Carey found the net. The final score was 3-1.

“It took us a couple of minutes to start playing but we got a hold of it and were able to pull through and win,” goalkeeper Jacque DeMarco said.

On Sunday, Cornell came out strong, scoring its first goal 7:37 play. Colgate’s answer came with ten minutes left in the half from Carey on a clutch penalty corner.

Two minutes into the second half, sophomore Amanda Gilmore gave the Raiders a 2-1 lead. However, ninety seconds later Cornell’s Belen Martinez netted a goal to knot the score again.

The score remained 2-2 through the remainder of regulation, forcing the game into overtime. With both teams unable to successfully get a shot off, the match continued into a pressure-packed second round of OT.

Then, after a total of 92 minutes of play, Plesniarski took the ball in for the win. Sweeping in from just right of the goal, she dodged Cornell goalie Shannon Prescott and found the net.

“The goal felt great. It was great to be able to make it for the team and for Jacque’s last game,” she said.

The Raider wins allowed DeMarco, Colgate’s lone senior, to end her collegiate career on a high note.

“It felt amazing.[the team] really gave it their all this weekend,” DeMarco said. “You have to give everything every day, because it’s over in no time.”