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Field hockey looks for one more win before season's end

by Paul Cifonelli - Staff Writer
Sat, Oct 27th 2018 03:00 pm
Freshman defender Lydia Aroune leans back and drives the ball downfield against the St. John Fisher Cardinals. Brockport ended up losing the non-league match 5-1.
Freshman defender Lydia Aroune leans back and drives the ball downfield against the St. John Fisher Cardinals. Brockport ended up losing the non-league match 5-1.

Just a few games away from the end of the season, The College at Brockport women’s field hockey team is looking for its elusive fifth win. After capturing its fourth win of the season on Friday, Oct. 5 against Morrisville State, the team had gone on a three-game losing streak. The Golden Eagles lost 2-1 to Houghton College, 4-3 to SUNY New Paltz and 9-1 to SUNY Oneonta.

The loss to Houghton was one that Brockport will look back on as a missed opportunity at season’s end. The Highlanders are currently sporting a 4—11 record. New Paltz and Oneonta, however, are tied for first place in the SUNYAC. Both teams have identical 5—1 conference records, but New Paltz is 10—5 overall compared to Oneonta’s 10—6 record.

The Golden Eagles looked to shake off the three losses this week with two games. On Wednesday, Oct. 17 Brockport hosted St. John Fisher. Three days later, the green and gold traveled to Cortland to face the Red Dragons. 

Entering the week, the Golden Eagles’ record stood at 4—10 and one win would mean an improved record from last year’s 4—14 finish. From the first day of the season, the team made sure its main goal was to get better.

Sophomore midfielder, Katie Ziemba said, “Improving every season is always a goal. We added different teams to our schedule in hope to improve our overall record.”

Ziemba has seen improvement herself. In her freshman season she recorded just three goals and zero assists. Ziemba’s sophomore season has seen her emerge as one of the strongest offensive players on the team. She has accumulated seven goals and four assists in the 2018 campaign.

The game against St. John Fisher was not an easy matchup for the Golden Eagles and it showed in the result. The Cardinals dominated from start to finish. Sophomore midfielder Bre Socker scored in the 10’ for St. John Fisher and freshman forward Gianna Palma scored just three minutes later to make it 2-0. The team continued finding the back of the net as Socker and senior forward Lauren Fazio both scored to increase the advantage to four. 

The 4-0 halftime lead would end up being enough for the Cardinals, but there was still another half to play. Freshman forward Katelynn Mello scored a goal in the 55’ to cut the deficit to 4-1. Socker scored her third goal of the game in the 67’ to push the score to 5-1. That would end up being the final score as the Golden Eagles were outshot 25 to 5.

The game on Saturday against Cortland did not go any better for Brockport. Cortland, similar to St. John Fisher, had complete control over the game. Junior forward Amanda Glasser, scored a goal just 41 seconds into the game and senior forwards Jessica Welsh and Jess Gibaldi both followed Glasser with goals in the first 20 minutes. That gave the Red Dragons a 4-0 advantage following the first 45 minutes.

The second half was the same story. Gibaldi scored her 17th goal of the season and second of the game in the second half. Glasser also struck again in the second half, making it the third straight game Brockport has allowed an opponent to score a hat trick. 

The final score ended up at 6-0 with Cortland outshooting Brockport 24-2.

The offense was only able to muster seven shots through the past two games and only four of those shots were on goal. In order for Brockport to secure its fifth win, they will need better offensive production. 

Mello understands that scoring is impossible if the ball isn’t shot on net and they have been working in practice to fix the problems.

“We’ve been working really hard on making the right passes and cuts,” Mello said. “We’re connecting more on the field but I think just being more ball hungry and finishing in the circle will help us.”

Brockport has two more chances to get its win total to five. On Wednesday, Oct. 24 the Golden Eagles go to Schenectady to take on Union College. Saturday, Oct. 27 is Brockport’s senior day and also the final game of the season. They take on Ithaca at the Dr. Linda Arena and Class of ‘69 Field Hockey Venue.