by Georgiana Rushworth
The field hockey team played in the semifinals this past Saturday, beating Gwynedd-Mercy College 4-3 in overtime.
The Lady Cavaliers were losing 3-0 at half time and needed a pep talk from their head coach Jackie Neary.
“You are better than Gwynedd-Mercy and you can do it,” Neary said, giving the players the confidence they needed.
The team came together and with 20 minutes left in the second half junior Nicole Schulz, scored the first goal of the comeback.
Then first year student Maureen McQuade scored the second goal and then junior Carolyn Katkowski scored, tying up the game.
The game went into overtime with seven on seven. Minutes later senior Monica Paolucci scored the winning goal bringing the score to 4-3.
“To score three goals in the second half is awesome,” Stephanie Masucci said.
The women beat Gwenedd Mercy 5-1 in their regular season before the playoffs and now beat them in the quarterfinals 4-3.
The field hockey team’s overall record is 12 – 9 and 8 – 3 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.
We really pulled ourselves together and drastically came back in the second half,” junior Erika Scheifele, goalie, commented.
“We’ve learned to play really well together and have all greatly improved as individuals since the start of the season.”
“The team has had a great season. They have five or six freshmen that play at significant times and score a lot of goals,” Bob Macartney, Cabrini’s sports information coordinator, said.
The Lady Cavs will now advance to the semifinals to play Wesley College this Wednesday.
If the women win on Saturday they are going to the Championship competition.