Cabrini field hockey scored twice in the final minutes of their game against Drew University on Saturday, Sept. 4. This clinched Cabrini’s first win of the season.“It was a good feeling because it was against a very strong opponent and being able to stop them from scoring means everyone did their job including me,” Caitlin Donahue, senior goalkeeper, said.
Despite being scoreless for a majority of the game, Drew University’s defense was not impenetrable. At 66 minutes and 8 seconds into the game, Lauren Alessi, junior forward, scored her 26th career goal at Cabrini. Credit for the assist was given to sophomore forward Lindsey Atzert.Cabrini College won 2-0 against Drew University on Saturday, Sept. 4. in Madison, N.J. Cabrini’s current record for the season is 1-1.
“Our field hockey team is described as scrapy,” Jackie Neary, head coach of Cabrini’s field hockey program, said.
The first game of the season for Cabrini resulted in a loss to Rowan University in a 0-6 shutout in Glassboro, N.J. on Sept. 1.
“I give credit to the bench. The other team didn’t have a big bench,” Neary said.
Aside from Alessi scoring the first goal of the game, Maura Gordon scored the second goal of the game minutes after the first.
“I’m lucky to have her here,” Neary said.
“Field hockey is one of my great loves in life but it is something I do because I enjoy the competition and meeting new people. It is something I like to think I am pretty good at and it is like having a second family. The coach and girls are amazing people,” Donahue said.
For many athletes, rituals are an important asset of the game.
“To prepare for a typical game I have to have a good warm up. One ritual I have to do before every game is have my friend and teammate Shannon Mulhern take the last practice shot on me and I have to save it before going into the huddle before the game,” Donahue said.
Having a strong mentality is also an important aspect of the game.
“Going into the game I always try to think that no ball is getting behind me. This is my zone and I do what I have to to not let it pass. If the other team does score I try and keep my head in the game and say to myself it is 0-0,” Donahue said.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge, and we stepped up to it,” Neary said.