On Saturday, Oct. 20, the Cabrini Cavalier field hockey team defeated the Cedar Crest Falcons 7-1 in a Pennsylvania Athletic Conference match-up.
Entering the game after a tight win against PAC rival Neumann College, the Cavs dove right into action with four goals within the first 10 minutes from four different players: freshmen Christina Doherty and Allie Rodolico, sophomore Sara Trzuskowski and junior Melissa Benedetti.
Freshman Desiree Umosella connected twice in the second half, along with another goal by Benedetti.
Assists were recorded for senior Alyssa Soto and sophomore Bridget Bergen.
The only goal scored for the Falcons came from freshman Jessica Macko during a breakaway in the second half.
Freshman Caitlin Donahue played the entire game in the net, saving one shot on goal.
“It was a very important win. Everyone just knew we had to win,” said junior exercise-science major Melissa Benedetti.
A first-year player, Benedetti leads the team in goals and points. The young field hockey team has its eyes on the PAC championship.
“I think we can go to the PAC finals. There is a lot of talent on our team, but since we are so young we have to make sure we come to each game ready to play,” Benedetti said.
With the win, the Cavaliers improve to 8-10 overall and 6-4 in the PAC.
Securing the fifth seed, the Cavs are scheduled to play rival Gwynedd-Mercy during the first round of the conference playoffs on Oct. 27.