Madden, Beer lead field hockey’s offense

Courtesy of Union Athletics Union’s Bretta Beer ’18 controls the ball during the Dutchwomen’s Sept. 1 season opener against Castleton State. Beer carried the team on her back, scoring four goals in the team’s 6-4 victory.

The Union Women’s Field Hockey team has played the first half of its season honorably, garnering a 5-4 overall record, although its league record stands at 0-3.

With just eight games left in its season, the team’s postseason fate depends on the outcomes of their upcoming contests.

The team kicked off their season with a 6-4 win over Castleton State. Bretta Beer ’18 carried the team on her back, scoring a whopping four goals. The team’s other two goals were scored by Hannah Madden ’18 and by Hannah Christian ’19 in her collegiate debut.

Next, the team was challenged by a talented Fairleigh Dickinson squad, dropping their game against them 2-1. The lone Union goal was scored by Alexa Steriti ’17.

Goalkeeper Laura Apowitz ’17 was a brick wall in the net, recording 15 saves to keep the game close.

Beer’s, Madden’s and Apowitz’s play earned them each a spot on the Liberty League Honor Roll.

Next, the Dutchwomen edged Drew University in a close match, winning 3-2. The deciding goal came from Allison Cosentino ’19 off a pass from Laura Pacheco ’16.

Following their narrow victory, the Dutchwomen took on New Paltz, who dominated the Dutchwomen, defeating them 6-0. Soon after, the tables turned for the Dutchwomen as they defeated Elms by a familiar score of 6-0. Goals were scored by Steriti, Madden, Pacheco, Angelina Stewart ’18 and Sayyida Hasan ’18. Madden had two goals in the contest.

Union’s superior defense was impossible for Elms to penetrate, demontrated by the fact that Elms had zero shots on goal.

The Dutchwomen brought their winning streak to two when they defeated Ramapo 4-1.

Madden scored half of the Dutchwomen’s goals with Steriti and Kelsey Masselli ’19 rounding out Union’s scoring.

Next, the Dutchwomen took on nationally-ranked, Liberty League opponent Rochester. Union played valiantly, losing by a narrow margin, 2-0.

The Yellow Jackets scored early and often, with both their goals scored within four minutes of each other early in the game. Unfortunately, the Dutchwomen were unable to overcome this early deficit. Apowitz performed admirably.

Steriti and Hasan each netted goals in the Dutchwomen’s next victory, a 2-0 win over Morrisville.

Following this game, the team took on crosstown rival and Liberty League opponent Skidmore.

The Thoroughbreds pummeled the Dutchwomen, defeating them by a score of 6-0.

Next, the Dutchwomen will take on Hartwick and St. Lawrence, hoping to improve their record and improve their postseason prospects.


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