In their first Liberty League game of the season, the women’s field hockey team (3-4) fell 2-0 to the undefeated University of Rochester team last Saturday.
Rochester, the #12 team in the country, controlled play throughout the game, registering 16 shots on goal compared to just a pair for the Dutchwomen.
Goalie Laura Aptowitz ’16 made 12 saves to keep Union close, while Lindsay Barson ’19 added two defensive saves of her own.
Union’s season got off to an exciting start earlier this month when Charlotte Leyland ’20 scored the go-ahead goal with 10:36 minutes left in the Dutchwomen’s 2-1 season-opening win over Castleton University.
Leyland also had an assist on senior Alexa Steriti’s first-half goal.
After a tough 2-1 overtime loss to Fairleigh Dickinson University-College at Florham, Union bounced back with an overtime win in its next game against Wheaton College.
Just like her first collegiate goal, Leyland’s second was a game-winner, scoring 2:46 minutes into overtime to give the Dutchwomen the victory.
Following a scoreless first half, Union jumped out to a 3-0 lead within the first 20 minutes of the second frame.
Angelina Stewart ’18 scored the first of her two goals 9:38 minutes into the second half before Stephanie Resnick ’20 doubled Union’s lead.
The Dutchwomen looked to be on their way to a comfortable win after Stewart’s second of the day made it 3-0 with just under nine minutes left.
Wheaton refused to go away quietly, however, ripping off three unanswered goals, including a penalty stroke goal, in the span of 3:34 minutes to send the game to overtime.
Aptowitz made nine saves for the Dutchwomen, who outshot Wheaton 27-18.
Back to back losses to New Paltz and Babson, 5-3 and 2-0 respectively, dropped Union’s record to 2-3 on the season.
Hannah Christian ’19 scored twice for the Dutchwoman in the loss to New Paltz.
Union got back to its winning ways the following week by defeating Morrisville State 3-1.
Leyland, Stewart, and Resnick all scored again, while Rachel Andreana ’18 picked up an assist.
The game was tight, as Union owned just a slim 8-7 advantage in shots on goal.
Resnick’s tally came with less than 20 minutes left and was crucial insurance for Union’s defense, which held on despite pressure from Morrisville State.
Union will return to action, when it faces William Patterson University in a non-conference matchup on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Frank Bailey Field.