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Field hockey gets vital win after two crushing losses

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Tue, Sep 18th 2018 10:00 pm
Senior goalie, Adriana DeDie, stood on her head last Wednesday against the Rochester Yellowjackets. Brockport lost 4-0 while DeDie made 13 saves on 26 shots from the Rochester offense
Senior goalie, Adriana DeDie, stood on her head last Wednesday against the Rochester Yellowjackets. Brockport lost 4-0 while DeDie made 13 saves on 26 shots from the Rochester offense
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Getting back in the win column was a must for the The College at Brockport women’s field hockey team this week. With two road games during the week, the team’s task was only made more difficult to accomplish. On Wednesday Sept. 12, the Golden Eagles traveled to take on the University of Rochester Yellowjackets. Sunday’s game saw the team across the state to take on The Sage Colleges in Troy, New York. 

Rochester is a historically dominant program, and it’s off to another great start in 2018. The Yellowjackets have made the NCAA tournament every season since 2015 and claimed the conference championship last season. Rochester was off to a 4—0 start before meeting Brockport, outscoring opponents 17-2 in those games. The meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12, would provide more of the same for Rochester. 

After the first 25 minutes provided no goals, Rochester freshman, Amanda Strenk, opened scoring and managed to single handedly take care of the struggling Brockport squad. 

She scored the first goal of the game in the 22’ and provided another goal in the 31’. Strenk would go on to strike one more time after halftime. She scored her third goal of the game, and fifth of the season, just one minute and 48 seconds into the second half. 

The Golden Eagles were not able to rebound from this onslaught by Strenk and the Yellowjackets, as Rochester managed its fifth win of the season, defeating Brockport 4-0. 

Despite the tough game, Brockport’s players knew what they were getting into. Senior goalie, Adriana DeDie, knew Rochester’s strength and went into the game looking for improvement. 

“We took Wednesday’s game to focus on the things we needed to improve on,” DeDie said. Whatever they worked on after the game and during practices was evident in their attempt to redeem themselves on Sunday. 

Sophomore forward, Katie Ziemba, said that the team was focusing on its offense in between games. 

“We also had a very offensive practice on Friday to get our minds set that we need to capitalize more in games,” Ziemba said. 

The emphasis on offense proved to be valuable in the game against Sage. Sophomore forward, Meaghan Lurz, opened the scoring almost immediately. She scored  48 seconds into the game off an assist from freshman, Katelynn Mello. After the goal, Sage seemed to settle in a little. 

The game remained 1-0 until the 26’ when junior forward, Molly Scarpello, scored her second goal of the season. Lurz added another goal in the second half for her second of the game and season. Alyssa Fuccillo’s goal in the 70’ put the game to bed. The match concluded with the Golden Eagles taking a 4-0 victory back to Brockport. 

The win was much needed for the squad, as the loss to Rochester was a devastating blowout. The victory should provide a jolt for the team moving forward. However, Ziemba noticed that, despite the dominant win, there was one thing missing from Sunday’s game. 

“Even though we won today, we all know that we did not play as a team the entire 70’,” Ziemba said. “Practice before our game on Wednesday will focus on working together as one unit.”

Communication will be key as the Golden Eagles continue their run of road games next week. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, they travel to play the 2—3, Utica College Pioneers. On Saturday, Sept. 22, Brockport will open its SUNYAC schedule with a trip to conference rival, SUNY Oswego.