Cabrini women’s field hockey team drops out of Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championships in first round to Gwynedd-Mercy College. The game had been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27 at Gwyned-Mercy, but due to bad weather conditions it was moved to Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. This was the first game in the championship, and the loss for Cabrini has knocked them out for the season.
The Cabrini Cavaliers had a strong start with a goal by freshman Desiree Umosella after seven minutes 16 seconds into the first half. Only minutes after Cabrini’s opening goal, the Gwynedd-mercy Griffins evened the game with a goal by sophomore Rebecca Unangst. In the 22nd minute, Cabrini sophomore Bridgette Bergen scored the third goal of the game, putting the Cavaliers ahead, a lead which they held for the remaining first half.
Going into the second half, the Griffins made quick work to catch up with the Cavaliers with a goal scored by Gwynedd-Mercy junior Erin Reedy. The match was was at a stalemate for the rest of the half, forcing the game into overtime.
In the 73rd minute, Unangst took the ball past the fallen defender and shot it past goalie Caitlin Donahue, winning the game in over time and taking the Griffins into the next round of the PAC championship.
“We didn’t give up. I think we gave them such a fight!” Umosella said, “We played with heart, such a talented team.”
“The game was a heart-breaker. Weather played a little hand in the game, our defender slipped near the end of the overtime,” said Cavalier coach Jackie Neary, “I am pleased with our season, but disappointed with the loss so early.”
The Cavaliers ended their season with an 8-12 win/loss rating, and Gwynedd-Mercy moves on to the semi finals round with a current rating of 13-6. This was the 11th consecutive year the Cavaliers made it to the PAC championships.
“We played amazing, and I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls,” Umosella said, “all I can say is ‘Watch you next year!'”