Field hockey hopes to win first PAC championship

By Ashlee Lensmyer
November 6, 2003

Leslie Glavin

Despite losing their last regular season game to Rowan University, the Cabrini College field hockey team came out on top against Alvernia on Cabrini’s home field for the opener to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference playoffs. Cabrini won with a score of 2-0 for game one.

The girls practice like they are playing against themselves and have to play better than the game before.

“We aren’t concerned with the other teams we play, we are concerned about Cabrini College field hockey team,” freshman midfielder Megan Farrell said.

The women’s field hockey team always ends practices before a game with a cheer against the next team in line to face them. Many of the team members have different superstitions for themselves.

“When we are on a winning streak I won’t wash my game shirt,” junior halfback Christina Paster said. “I don’t want to wash away the good luck.”

Some of the girls, such as senior forward Jody Sodano, have a pair of lucky socks. Junior midfielder Julie Smith hits the ball around for 20 minutes after each practice. These extra steps are not just a type of superstition, it shows complete dedication.

Despite the few injuries that members on the team encountered, the team had continued to stick together and go strong. . The girls have dedication to the team and themselves. The dedication and superstitions of the team members paid off. The team finished with eight wins and three losses in the PAC and 11 wins and nine losses in the regular season.

Even though the regular season does not mean anything in the PAC, the teams that they lost to are teams that they know they can beat.

Farrell said, “We are a bunch of talented unique girls that bring a lot on and off the field.”

“We are part of a team and we want to make history this year to be the first field hockey team to win the PACs,” Paster said.

Game three of the playoffs for the Lady Cavaliers will be on Saturday, Nov. 8, at a TBA time and location.

Posted to the web by: Cecelia Francisco

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