The Cabrini women’s field hockey team played in the Pioneer Athletic Conference semifinals on Wednesday, Oct. 24th. The Lady Cavs went into the PAC final with an impressive record and with a high spirit. Under Coach Jackie Neary, the women’s field hockey team played their across-the-street rivals, Eastern College, in hopes of advancing and possibly winning another PAC title. Whenever these two teams meet one may expect a fast and exciting game, especially in a playoff situation.
The game was kept close during the first half. The score was 3-1 with an Eastern lead until the last 10 minutes of the game when Eastern went on a 5-0 run. Eastern went on to win the game by a score of 8-1. The Lady Cavs failed to capitalize on many of the scoring chances they had during the first half of the game. Coach Jackie Neary was disappointed with the loss, however still gave her team great support after the game was over. Carolyn Katkowski scored the only goal for Cabrini and was assisted by freshman Kate Sweigart.
Even though they lost, the field hockey team still remained tight as a team. “We had a really great season and it’s a shame we didn’t go further in the PACs. I really thought we could win the game,” first-year student Kate Sweigart commented. This type of feeling seemed mutual on the team. “It was upsetting to know we let the season end like this, but all in all, we had a great time with many wonderful athletes. I can say Jody Sodano was exuberant at left link,” sophomore Missy Modesti said.
Many others were upset by the loss for other reasons. This was the last game for many of the graduating seniors on the team. “Even though we lost, I would like to [thank] my seniors. They gave it all for this team, each and every game. It is a shame it had to end like this,” first-year student Julie Smith said.
“I’d like to say goodbye to all the seniors, we will miss you next year,” Sweigart said.
The seniors on the team also looked back at all of the good times and memories they had while playing at Cabrini. “I can’t believe it’s over. The past four years have flown by. I am really going to miss the girls and the team next year,” senior Erika Scheifele said.