Field Hockey Defeated on the Road

Jessica Gorski

The Colgate Raiders’ field hockey team saw another loss this weekend in Saturday’s match against Brown University. With the final score at 4-2, they pulled out their best, but the Brown Bears proved too tough to break. Colgate, with their record now at one win and four losses, saw an impressive per-formance by senior Lauren Dittman, who scored both goals for her team.

Despite a second half rally by the Raiders, Brown University (2-1) got ahead early and stayed ahead throughout the course of the game. They got on the board 11 minutes and 39 sec-onds into the game with a goal by Hannah Rog-ers that came off a long pass up the field from Torie Stearns.

Rogers was then in a one-on-one battle with Raiders goalie sophomore Amanda DiDom-izio after receiving the pass and shot high to the left corner, hitting every goalie’s weak spot. The goal put the Bears at a 1-0 advantage over the Raiders.

Clayton Christus, who tallied two goals throughout the course of the game, scored Brown’s second goal. It came with 12 min-utes and 34 seconds left of the first half after a broken play; she took advantage of the situation and made an aggressive reverse sweep to the top-left corner of the goal to get the 2-0 lead for her team.

At the opening of the second half, the Raid-ers were determined to get back on their feet and made a strong effort to do so. Early into the half they were able to slice down the lead to 2-1 with a goal by junior midfielder Meredith Gib-son. The goal marked her first of the season, and came off a penalty corner with Dittman firing a shot to the left post where Gibson then tipped it in with perfect execution. A mere two minutes later the Bears responded with their third goal to perpetuate their two goal lead over the Raiders. Christus fired a powerful shot into the right corner of the cage to tally her second goal of the day and put the Bears ahead.

Brown increased its lead to 4-1 with a goal from Charlotte Small assisted by Kate-lynn Mudgett. The play began with Mud-gett at the top of the circle and, similar to Dittman’s setup with Gibson for the Raid-ers, Mudgett got the pass to Small at the opposite side of the post who then tipped it in.

Colgate came back with its second goal scored by Dittman, her third of the season; the goal was unassisted. She seized the op-portunity from a loose ball and brought it to the left side of the circle, then took it right to get past the Bears’ goalie Shan-non McSweeney. They still fell just short despite Dittman’s impressive performance and the game ended with Brown holding their lead at 4-2.In total, Brown won the shot advantage by a 20-14 margin. The Raiders were awarded eight penalty corners but got a goal off of just one. The Bears had seven chances on penalty corners. Raiders goalie Amanda DiDomizio, who impressed the crowd with her performance last week, had four saves and was relieved by junior Caitlin Zolet in the second half. In her 15 minutes of play, Zolet had four saves. Brown’s goal-tender McSweeney tallied six saves to earn the win for her team.

The Raiders will be back on the road this Saturday with a 1p.m. start in Pennsylvania to play St. Francis.

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