By Nicole Merigliano
The Union College Field Hockey team is in the home stretch of their 17-game long regular season. The Dutchwomen went 1-1 this past week, with a loss at home against Castleton State last Wednesday and a win on the road against Wheaton College on Sunday. The Dutchwomen are currently 7-8 on the season, giving them a .467 winning percentage. Although the Dutchwomen will not see any post-season play in the Liberty League playoffs, the team has had some great wins throughout the season and has the potential to end with a .500 season.
The loss against Castleton State on Wednesday snapped a three-game winning streak. The Dutchwomen had previously overcome nationally ranked Babson College on Sunday, October 7 in a nail-biting 5-4 win in regulation time.
Two days later, the Dutchwomen were at it again against Hartwick, and were able to post a 2-1 win. Another two days later, they were on the road to face the competitive Williams squad and came away with an exciting 2-1 win in overtime. With three important road games in only five short days, the Dutchwomen were able to persevere, despite any mental or physical exertion they may have been experiencing with the week’s tough schedule.
Wheaton College was the Dutchwomen’s last opposition on Sunday, October 21. Molly Cohen ‘16 scored two goals in the first half of the game, only 17 seconds apart, to give the Dutchwomen a 2-0 lead going into halftime.
The Wheaton Lyons were able to put a goal on the scoreboard, but would be held to this lone goal. Ally Troy ‘15 notched her fifth goal of the season to secure the win for the Dutchwomen with a final score of 3-1. All three Union goals were unassisted, and Cohen’s two goals were her first collegiate goals of her career. Both Union goalies saw playing time in the game, as Molly McCune ‘14 had three saves, while Corey Hedges ‘15 did not face a shot while in the net.
The Dutchwomen have two final games in their season, with one away and one at home. Their away game is against local foe Oneonta State on Friday, October 26.
Their season will conclude with a home game against Liberty League opponent Vassar College. The game against Vassar is Senior Day for the Union College Field Hockey team, as the team and coaches will honor the hard work and efforts of seniors Caroline Moran, Trista Johnson, and Bethany Crowe.