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Field hockey continues to dominate competition

by Carson Werner - Staff Writer
Tue, Sep 10th 2019 11:00 pm
Junior midfielder Olivia Douglas avoids a defender from Keuka while maintaining possession of the ball on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in Brockport's 4-1 home victory.
Junior midfielder Olivia Douglas avoids a defender from Keuka while maintaining possession of the ball on Tuesday, Sept. 3 in Brockport's 4-1 home victory.

With a 4-0 win over The Sage Colleges, The College at Brockport field hockey team has opened its season with three consecutive wins, the first time the program has done so since 2008. However, the three dominant victories were against teams that have not troubled Brockport in recent years.

Brockport’s most recent victory over Sage finished with the same result as last year’s matchup. The biggest difference between the two is the amount of possession time Brockport had over Sage. Over four quarters of action, it was not the Golden Eagles’ defense that prevented the Gators from firing a single shot on net. It was how much Brockport controlled the ball in the midfield and in its offensive end.

Junior forward Meaghan Lurz notched her fourth goal of the year on a scrum in front of the net five minutes into the game. Junior forward Katie Ziemba accounted for the assist. Just 11 minutes later, the duo swapped roles and Ziemba tallied her second goal of the season to make it 2-0. Ziemba scored her second goal of the quarter shortly after redirecting a shot from freshman forward Taylor Weber.

Sophomore forward Katelynn Mello capped off the scoring with a goal from a penalty corner in the final quarter of the game. Ziemba picked up her fourth point of the night after assisting on the set play. Freshman goalie Megan Petersen earned the shutout despite not having to make a save.

After the win, Ziemba noticed there was one thing in Sage’s defense that allowed Brockport’s offensive attack to have success.

“The defense was always flat-footed,” Ziemba said. “Flat feet means that you can take one pull and you beat them. They weren’t as quick as us either. The forwards had speed on them all day.”

The Gator defense was not the first team Ziemba and Lurz have exploited this season. The two currently sit at first and second on the SUNYAC leaderboard for points, respectively. Over 180 minutes of action, Ziemba has acquired three goals and five assists, while Lurz has earned four goals and one assist.

Although the two account for a third of the teams’ total goals, sophomore forwards are contributing to the goal scoring as well. Alyssa Fuccillo, Renee Lauer, Kayli Brown and Mello all have two or more goals in the three games they have played in. Over the three game span, the team has scored 21 goals and conceded only one. Last year, it took nine games for the green and gold to find the back of the net that many times.

The season is still too young to see any definite themes the team will portray throughout the season, but the hot start is too notable to go unmentioned. Given a chance to prove themselves, the upcoming games will pose as the Golden Eagles’ most difficult tasks yet.

Nazareth College is currently the next opponent on the schedule for the Golden Eagles. The Golden Flyers are 2-1 to start the season. The two teams met for a scrimmage during the preseason and Brockport fell victim to an overtime goal after a scoreless regulation.

“Nazareth is a very good team, they’re very experienced, strong, aggressive and skilled,” Brockport head coach Krista Archambeau said. “They’re going to be good competition.”

The game will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Pittsford, New York with a start time of 7 p.m. Brockport will then take on Hartwick and Cedar Crest College at home on Sept. 14 and 15. 

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