Field Hockey Loses Two As League Play Begins

Jack Murray

This homecoming weekend the Colgate women’s field hockey team played two tough games at home, finishing the week off with two losses. Despite a hard-fought and all around good game from the Raiders, the Boston University Terriers took the first victory of the week as they ultimately scored twice in a 10-minute span.

In the first few moments of the game, junior Eliana Brown snuck a shot inside the far post from the left side of the circle, giving the Raiders a quick 1-0 lead and securing her position as the highest-scoring player in the Patriot League. The Raiders then kept the Terriers from gaining any momentum throughout the game, maintaining their lead until late in the first half.

The Terriers tied up the game with a shot into the top of the net after a penalty corner with 3:40 remaining in the opening half. Then early in the second half, after junior Amanda DiDomizio made two quick stops in goal, BU’s Sofi Laurito made a shot from just inside the line, giving the Terriers a 2-1 lead.

In the second half the Raiders struggled to make good on a couple of opportunities to tie the game. Senior Halle Biggar tipped a shot on a penalty corner that was just barely cleaned up by Terrier Katie Bernatchez, and first-year Katie Sullivan tipped one over the crossbar with just 5 minutes remaining. The Raiders held their ground for the remainder of the game but couldn’t make any more attempts to tie it up, giving BU a 2-1 win.

In their second game of the week, the Raiders faced Brown and ended the day with a disappointing 4-3 loss.

The Raiders started out strong in the first half, with two goals from Biggar and one from first-year attack Whitney Jones – who shot for her first collegiate goal. Despite the 3-1 Raider advantage early in the second half, the Bears quickly turned the game around with 3 unanswered goals. With 13 minutes left in the game the Bears scored their second goal, and 4 minutes later Brown’s Alex Miller scored from the top of the arc on a penalty corner to even the score.

With less than two minutes left in the game, the Bears scored their final goal over a diving DiDomizio, consequently defeating the

Raiders 4-3. The Raiders had their chances on penalty corners, holding a 12-10 advantage over the Bears, but Brown’s lead shot advantage of 21-16 resulted in their victory over Colgate.

The team’s goals, as they enter further into League play, alter and get more focused. “We want to continue to work harder each week and build off of the momentum of each game that we play. There are always positives and negatives that we can take from every game and if we focus and build off of them, we will continue to improve,” Brown said.

This Saturday, the Raiders will travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to take on Bucknell at noon.

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