Dutchwomen field hockey off to a tricky start … looking to bounce back

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By Chris Allen

The women’s field hockey team started off the season with a solid 6-3 victory but has recently been on a bit of a skid. Their second game in the Colonel Classic Tournament was against the field hockey powerhouse, Salisbury University.

The first official game had the Dutchwomen squaring off against the Babson College Beavers. The game went back and forth, keeping the fans on edge, but unfortunately Babson scored with 3:31 remaining in the game.

This goal proved to be all that Babson needed, since their brick wall defense was too much for the Dutchwomen offence.

The Dutchwomen had to travel down to New Jersey for their next match-up against William Patterson University. Hannah Najar ‘15 and Alexa Steriti ‘17 provided the offense for the Dutchwomen, but they fell to the Pioneers 6-2.

Even with their spirits down the team needed to ramp up emotions as they faced the University of Rochester.

The Dutchwomen started quic­kly with a goal from Nicole Merigliano ‘14, 56 seconds into the game. With the adrenaline flowing, the Dutchwomen kept the game tight, but Rochester proved to have luck on their side as they mounted their comeback to win 6-1.

The most recent game for the team was a tough match-up against Williams College.

The Ephs proved to be the better team. After a hard-fought game, Williams handed the Dutchwomen their fifth loss of the season by a score of 4-0.

Despite their recent challenges, the field hockey players are keeping their heads held high and are looking forward to their upcoming game against Ramapo.

 

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