Lady Cavs cruise to win over Cedar Crest in team effort

By Beatrice McQuiston
October 18, 2011

The women’s field hockey team defeated Cedar Crest College on Thursday, Oct. 13 by a score of 7-1. The rain held off for the Cavs, which helped the team to get their energy level up for their first night home game. They came out for the game ready to win and they did exactly that.

“Our team is really positive on and off the field,” sophomore forward Chelsea Prichett said. “We were ready for the win.”

The players started off with great pressure and strong movement. From the first whistle, the Lady Cavaliers dominated the play of ball. The fans were actively cheering on the players and helped keep their positive momentum going. The Cavs took a 1-0 lead 13 minutes into the first half after a goal from Lindsey Atzert.

Cavaliers forward Kate Solewin moves across centerfield with the ball during Cabrini’s 7-1 victory over Cedar Crest College. -- Ryan Sankey / Staff Photographer

After the first goal, the team was ready to keep going strong with no letting up. They had great communication with each other and made sure everyone was playing together. With the first goal came four more, making the score 5-0 going into half time.

“We played really well tonight, our passing and communication really helped,” sophomore midfielder Erin McLaughlin said.

The Cavaliers kept the intensity up going into the second half and started the same way they did at the beginning of the game. The energy and positive attitude showed in the way the game went. The players on the sideline were really supportive of the players on the field and helped to make sure everyone’s head was up.

“We were able to use everyone on our team tonight, which was great because we have such a big squad,” senior forward Lauren Alessi said. “The team had fun tonight.”

The Lady Cavaliers never gave up and always were the first to the ball. Just six minutes into the second half, Cabrini scored their sixth goal of the game. Even though the team was switching players in and out of the lineup, the team’s momentum never changed. Head coach Jackie Neary kept the ladies positive throughout the whole game and did her best to give everyone a fair shot to play.

“It was a great opportunity for the whole team to contribute to the win,” Neary said. “I am really looking forward to the next couple of conference games.”

The players never lost their team unity during the game. Cabrini continued to connect on passes and work together as a team.

“With this being our only night game of the season, we really wanted to make it a memorable one,” sophomore back Samantha LaMaina said.

The Cavaliers ended the game strong with a score of 12-1 shot advantage over Cedar Crest. The team enjoyed a tailgate with family and friends following the 7-1 win. The women’s field hockey team will play three more regular season games this season and will face the College of New Jersey on Thursday, Oct. 20 in Ewing, N.J.

“We are really excited for the rest of the season and are working hard to dominate the CSAC,” LaMaina said.

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