After a strong 2-1 win over the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Saturday, October 4, the Colgate field hockey team remains undefeated in the Patriot League this season. Thanks to notable performances by sophomore attack Emily Brash and senior keeper Amanda DiDomizio, the Raiders picked up their third win in their last four outings to move their season record to 4-6.
Brash was able to find the back of the cage late in the first half with a shot from the top of the circle, giving the Raiders the early advantage. Although Lehigh was able to control play early in the second half, outshooting Colgate overall 23-14, it was Brash again who was able to put one past the Mountain Hawks goalie in the 60th minute, putting Colgate ahead 2-0. Brash is now the second Colgate player to record multiple goals this season, joining senior captain Eliana Brown in
Besides Brash’s two goals to put the team ahead, her confidence in the team also comes from their ability to perform and transfer their hard work.
“I think consistency is huge for us because when we play well, teams have a hard time keeping up,” Brash said. “As long as we keep working hard during practice and transition this effort to the games, we will continue to succeed.”
With less than three minutes remaining, Lehigh’s Gabby Tofig put one in for her team, deflecting a shot from the stick of Kassidy Green, her first goal of the season. Colgate’s lead couldn’t be taken away though, as senior keeper Amanda DiDomizio did not disappoint with 13 saves against the Mountain Hawks. Her solid play helped Colgate secure the win as she blocked a shot in the final seconds of the game, preserving the Raiders one-goal lead.
Both DiDomizio and Brash’s efforts were rewarded, as they were named Goalkeeper of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week respectively. Additionally, senior midfielder Jade Dennett received Honorable Mention for her efforts in the
Head Coach Cathy Foto was proud of the womens’ high intensity play throughout the game. She noted how their ability to battle and score first led to a key moment in the game. Going forward, Coach Foto acknowledges that the team has a few things to work on.
“I think that we still need to focus on our individual defense which will enable us to play consistent team defense. We also need to remain poised when a team is making a run at us and match their
intensity,” Foto said.
As for the rest of the season, Brash sees that the team will need to keep their intensity to accomplish what they want. “We are hoping for another win in the Patriot League, and I believe we can do it. Our team is very strong this year and we want it so badly. I think we have a team consensus that no one is taking the PLT away
The women will be back in action Friday, October 10, at 4 p.m. as they travel to New Jersey to take on Rider University.