A first-season junior leads the Cabrini field hockey team in goals. Melissa Benedetti, an exercise science major and mid-field starter for the Lady Cavs, is this issues player of the week.
Benedetti came to Cabrini to play basketball and was hesitant to be a two season athlete although she played field hockey in high school. After watching Cabrini field hockey games the last two years, Benedetti decided she missed it and joined the team as a third year student at Cabrini.
“It took some getting used to (coming back to field hockey) but it was not too difficult getting back into the swing of things,” Benedetti said.
Benedetti has started all 18 games, scored 14 goals with two assists so far this season. She said that the team record reflects much team growth from the beginning of the season. The Lady Cavs rank fifth in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference with a 6-4 record and an overall 8-10 record.
“I don’t think the team record is too bad. I think it reflects our youth more than anything,” Benedetti said. The number of freshman almost double the amount of upper classman this season.
The Cabrini lower field hockey team did make it into the play-offs with its first post-season game being Saturday, Oct. 27t against Gwynedd-Mercy. “We have a lot of talent on our team and we have a great chance of having a great post season,” Benedetti said.
Benedetti has enjoyed her first year back and is planning on playing next season too. Once this field hockey season is over she jumps right into basketball therefore it gives her little time to think about her expectations for the field hockey team next year.
“Once again I don’t know I haven’t given much thought into it. I just want to get through this season successfully first,” Benedetti said.