Field hockey loses in final minutes

By Lauren Sliva
November 5, 2009

Shannon Keough

The field hockey team lost in the final minutes to Alvernia University on Thursday, Oct. 26, with a final score of 1-2.

“Overall the game was good, we just wanted more people to score,” Jackie Neary, head coach, said. “I would have loved it if they moved the ball more.”

The Cavaliers started the game off well, with Lindsey Atzeks, freshman forward, scoring the first goal.

“Once I was in the circle, my mentality was to shoot and hope that it either went in, or someone helped tap it in,” Atzeks, elementary education major, said.

Atzeks scored with nearly four minutes on the clock, with no tallied assist in the first half.

However, they couldn’t keep up the rhythm. The Cavaliers entered the second half with a one goal lead only to become tied after the 38 minute and be out shot 22-11.

“Lindsey has had an outstanding season,” Neary said. “But I would like to be having more people scoring.”

Caitlin Donahue, junior goalkeeper, left the game with 15 saves for the Cavaliers, while Alvernia’s goalkeeper, Amber Edy, had only eight saves.

In addition to this game being the last home game for the season, seniors Bridget Bergen and Lynda Kaufmann had their very last home game for their college career. For the entire season, Bergen, special education major, has made two goals and Kaufmann, biology major, has guided the team with four defensive saves.

Neary called the game a “prep game” for their first CSAC game against Marywood University.

“The Alvernia game was a good way to learn what the girls need to focus on,” Neary said. The team will enter the conference playoffs as the fourth seed, Marywood being the fifth seed.

“I hope to knock Marywood out of the way,” Neary said. “We beat them last year and we are anticipating a hard entrance from them.”

The field hockey team hosted the quarter final game on the Edith Robb turf field on Oct. 31. They won with midfielder, Maura Gordon, sophomore exercise science and health promotion major, making the only goal of the game in the fourth.

The Cavaliers outshot Marywood 24-13. Gordon and Atzeks each led the team with four shots. Donahue had 12 saves, while Marywood’s goalkeeper, Jamie Bowman had 17 saves to the Pacers’ loss.

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