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Field hockey tries to find scoring consistency

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Tue, Oct 2nd 2018 09:00 pm
Brockport's freshman midfielder, Hannah Martens, takes a shot against Wells College on Saturday, Sept 29. The Golden Eagles handled the Express with ease en route to a dominating 9-0 win. Wells College was only able to register two shots on net the whole game while Brockport managed 31. Brockport's next match is against the 3—6 Elmira College on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
Brockport's freshman midfielder, Hannah Martens, takes a shot against Wells College on Saturday, Sept 29. The Golden Eagles handled the Express with ease en route to a dominating 9-0 win. Wells College was only able to register two shots on net the whole game while Brockport managed 31. Brockport's next match is against the 3—6 Elmira College on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

As every week goes by, The College at Brockport women’s field hockey team is coming closer to matching its win total from last season. Entering the last week of September, the team’s record sat at 2—5. The Golden Eagles need two more wins this season to replicate the four wins from last year. However, that is not the goal. Improvement is expected and the team has a lot of the season left to go. SUNY Geneseo and Wells College were the next two opponents in line for the win-hungry Golden Eagles. 

Wednesday, Sept. 26 saw the Golden Eagles wrap up its six-game road trip. To say the game did not go as planned would be an understatement. Geneseo entered the game with a 4—3 record but had won its previous two games with a combined score of 15-2. They showed that same type of dominance against Brockport as the Knights fired shots early and often, ending with a whopping total of 44 at the end of the match. While only 18 of those were on goal, Brockport was still forced to deal with the constant offensive pressure from Geneseo.

The first goal of the game came extremely early. Just 45 seconds in, Elisa Arcara scored her second goal of the season. Just 16 minutes later, Arcara scored again to make it 2-0 Geneseo. In the 32’ Gabriella Clare decided to try and match Arcara. She scored off of a rebound to make it 3-0. Clare added another in the 43’ minute and Geneseo closed out the scoring when Grace Dempsey added her fifth goal of the season. The Knights ended up taking the game 5-0.

While the conference matchup did not go as planned, it allowed for the team to step back and analyze its weak points. Despite the fact that the team had scored five goals in the two previous games, Brockport’s offense could only muster one shot against Geneseo. Sophomore midfielder Katie Ziemba was confident that the offense would make a comeback after following practices focused on increasing scoring. 

“Coach emphasized putting the ball on cage whether it’s a good shot or just a push pass,” Ziemba said. “We also stressed the point of working as a unit. Passing and trusting one another has been a huge focus point of practices lately.”

Saturday’s game against Wells saw the roles reverse. Brockport immediately took over in the beginning of the game and never looked back, leading to the team’s most dominating win of the season. Meaghan Lurz opened the scoring in the first half with her third goal on the season in the 10’. Alyssa Fuccillo, Katelynn Mello, Christina Conkling and Ziemba all scored once in the first half off Brockport’s 25 shots. The second half saw a decrease in the amount of shots taken but an increase in the efficiency. Molly Scarpello, Kayli Brown, Lydia Aroune and Kassandra Burr all scored a goal apiece in the second half. Once the final whistle blew, Brockport had scored nine goals on 31 shots. They held Wells to two shots in the game.

Yet again, Mello was a key offensive player for the Golden Eagles. As a freshman, she has taken on a major offensive role and because of it the front line has thrived. With one goal and one assist against Wells, she is at two goals and six assists in her first year at Brockport. She has been very successful thus far, but has gotten help from her teammates to get to this point.

“Our coaching staff and upperclassmen have helped me so much with filling a key role and continue to push me every game and practice so I can grow to the potential our coaches see in me,” Mello said.

Mello will look to continue her stellar introductory season on Wednesday, Oct. 3 when Brockport travels to take on Elmira College. The team returns home on Friday, Oct. 5 for its third SUNYAC game against Morrisville State.