Field hockey clinches playoff berth in PAC

By Gina Peracchia
October 31, 2002

Jenna Lewandowski

The Lady Cavs clinched a berth in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference playoffs with a win against conference foe Neumann College this past Saturday.

The Lady Cavs’ record is 8-12 overall and 6-5 in the PAC. Cabrini is ranked sixth entering the PAC playoffs, behind Cedar Crest at no. 4, Wesley at no. 5 and Eastern, Misericordia and Alvernia, who are tied for first with conference records of 10-1.

In a split week, the Lady Cavs also lost 2-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 22 in a conference game against Cedar Crest College.

In the loss, Cedar Crest came out flying and surprised the Lady Cavs by scoring a quick goal. Although Cedar Crest came away with the win, the Lady Cav’s defense was strong, led by a nice showing from junior Annmarie Smith. “That girl really gets into the game. It’s fun to watch her, because she keeps the game moving when she’s on the offensive,” sophomore spectator Lindsay Fallon said.

The Lady Cavs said they were not as pumped up as usual, but they were able to put up a fight in helping freshman Kerri Devaney score a goal in the last six minutes of the game.

The field hockey team was coming off a tough week last week, which included games on three consecutive days. On Thursday, Oct. 17, they challenged Delaware Valley, winning 3-0.

The next day they were able to come out fired up again and beat PAC rival, Alvernia, in a close 1-0 battle with junior Jody Sodano scoring on a penalty shot.

In its final game of the stretch the Lady Cavs lost to another PAC team, Wesley College, 2-0. Freshman goalie Shannon DiCave prevented Wesley from scoring more than two goals with some skillful saves. The team put up a great effort despite heavy fatigue from playing three days in a row, but the Lady Cavs were unable to overcome a very strong Wesley squad. “It was a tough game, but we stayed alert and kept moving,” sophomore Holly Orlando said.

Even though they lost, the team played well considering it was their third game in three days. The team broke down during the last five minutes, leading to Wesley’s second goal.

The Lady Cavaliers travel to no. 3 Misericordia on Saturday for the first round of PAC playoffs. During the regular season, the Cavs lost 7-0 at Misericordia.

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