Field Hockey falls to Alvernia 5-1 on Senior Night

By BreAnna Stanley
October 31, 2011

From left to right: seniors Amanda Smith, Maura Gordon, Janine Zizzamia, Lauren Alessi, Stephanie Campanaro and Liz Krupka played their last home regular season field hockey game against Alvernia University on Thursday, Oct. 27. -- Photo submitted by Cabrini College Athletics Department

The women’s field hockey team fell to Alvernia University by a score of 5-1 on Thursday, Oct. 27 at Edith Robb Dixon Field.

Despite being down 3-0 after the first half, the team never gave up and played hard all night. With just about 10 minutes left in the game, freshman forward Karlie Gruccio put the Cavaliers on the score board.

Gruccio, special education major, was very happy with the way she played considering she was the only Cavalier to score.

“It was a tough game and even though it did not end up the way we wanted it to, we still fought until the end,” Gruccio said.

The Thursday night game was also Senior Night for the Cavaliers. The six seniors, Lauren Alessi, Stephanie Campanaro, Maura Gordon, Liz Krupka, Amanda Smith and Janine Zizzamia, were a big influence on the team this year.

Jackie Neary, head coach, expressed how important the seniors were this year to the team. “They were great leaders. It is going to be a big transition next year,” Neary said.

This season alone, Alessi, Campanaro and Gordon combined for 28 goals. After Thursday’s contest, Campanaro has 45 career points while Alessi and Gordon both have over 100 total points during their four years at Cabrini.

Neary was also glad the team’s loss came against Alvernia because it helped her to pick out the things they need to work on as individuals and as a team.

Alessi, political science major and one of the captains, was very confident and proud of her team this year.

Field hockey is not an individual game, according to Alessi. Everyone worked together each and every game to bring something unique to the field.

“It is something special, not everyone gets to do it. You adjust to different situations,” Alessi said.

Alessi is sad to be leaving but has nothing but hope for her team. The women will begin the CSAC playoffs on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and will have the chance to participate in the CSAC final on Saturday, Nov. 5.

The team is preparing to finish the season strong and is using practice to make adjustments.

“We have stuff we need to work on that can be fixed at practice,” Alessi said.

Tori Canelli and Taylor Carroll, both freshmen, are very upset that the seniors are leaving.

“When we came here, they welcomed us with no problem. We’re going to miss dancing and the bus rides,” Canelli and Carroll said.

Now that the playoffs are coming up, the Lady Cavs are preparing to do the best that they can so they have a shot at reaching the CSAC final round.

“I know in my heart if they play the way they can we will reach our goals,” Neary said.

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