By Michael Mullen
Union’s Field Hockey team had a huge win on Sunday as they defeated #20 Babson 5–4. Not only was Babson ranked twentieth, but they were also on a six game winning streak and were 9-2 overall on the season. None of these statistics phased the Dutchwomen as they started the first half strong.
With two early opportunities thwarted by the Babson goaltender, the Union defense couldn’t keep out the first goal of the game from the counterattack. Junior goaltender Molly McCune would later step up to hold Union’s lead, but not before Babson took a 3-1 lead off two more penalty strokes in the first half.
The Dutchwomen brought the Babson lead to only one before the half with a great goal from Allison Troy ’15 off a rebound from a hard initial shot by Caroline Moran ’13.
Neither team could score early in the second half, but Babson finally put home a goal off of a tipped ball from their leading scorer.
Union’s rebuttal was swift as Nicole Merigliano ’14 scored on a long assist from Laura Pacheco ’16 and a short feed from Troy. Not to be outdone, Hannah Najar ’15 put home another rebound following a penalty corner. With the score tied at four, Union needed a spark and they would find it in the quick feet of Merigliano who found a loose ball and beat the Babson goaltender.
Such an exciting game should help the Dutchwomen this week as they are away against Hartwick and Williams and will not play another home game until next Wednesday when they take on Castleton State College.