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Field hockey falls twice to halt win streak

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Tue, Sep 17th 2019 11:10 pm
Freshman Olivia Hayden eyes down a ball as she prepares to send it downfield.
Freshman Olivia Hayden eyes down a ball as she prepares to send it downfield.

The College at Brockport field hockey team was able to hold the title as the final undefeated fall team at the college. Following a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory at Nazareth College on Wednesday, Sept. 11, the Golden Eagles were 4—0 after winning just four games each of the last two seasons. That streak came to a screeching halt this weekend when Hartwick College and Cedar Crest College paid the Golden Eagles a visit. 

Hartwick, a perennial contender in the Empire 8 Conference, entered the game on Saturday, Sept. 14 with a 3—1 record. Brockport has played the Hawks every year since 2014 and has not won any of those matchups, including an 8-1 defeat last year. This time, Hartwick had similar success, defeating the Golden Eagles 5-0. 

After falling behind 2-0 in the first quarter, Brockport applied tons of pressure in the beginning of the second to put the Hawks on their heels. The Golden Eagles controlled possession for three consecutive minutes, taking five penalty corners and two shots over that time. As soon as the barrage was over, Hartwick flipped the switch and scored its third goal of the game. Brockport was unable to muster any more offense for the rest of the game. 

Freshman goalie Megan Petersen played the first half for Brockport and saved 11 shots. Sophomore goalie Cara Fox took over for Petersen in the second half, saving three of the five shots she faced. Sophomore forward Katelynn Mello attempted five of her team’s eight shots in the game. 

After the game, head coach Krista Archambeau recognized that, even in defeat, there were positives to take away from the lopsided effort. 

“We had good moments and moments where we let up a little bit, but we always bounced back and stayed together as a team,” Archambeau said. 

The Golden Eagles took on Cedar Crest on Sunday, Sept. 15 at noon. With such a short turnaround after a loss, Brockport was susceptible to a let down. That was exactly what happened as the Golden Eagles fell 2-0 for its second shutout loss in less than 24 hours. 

Unlike the game against Hartwick, Brockport controlled the contest against Cedar Crest. The Golden Eagles attempted 28 shots, 22 of which were on net. Cedar Crest, on the other hand, only attempted five shots on goal. Mello and junior forward Katie Ziemba each attempted more shots than the Falcons put on net. Mello ripped eight shots while Ziemba took six. Petersen and Fox each saved one shot in the contest. 

Now that the team has endured a two-game losing streak, the youth of the group is finally beginning to show. With no seniors on the roster and four freshmen in the starting lineup, this is the first bump in the road after a highly successful start. Junior midfielder Olivia Douglas believes the weekend losses were deflating but cannot bring the team down. 

“As a team we just have to pick our heads back up and get back to playing our game,” Douglas said. “We’re going to have to use these games as a wakeup call and get back to pushing ourselves to where we know we can be. It’s not easy to walk off the field knowing your team had a chance, but you can’t change the past and we need to refocus on our communication and stay together as a team. So now we can be prepared for Wednesday’s game and come out ready to play like the Brockport field hockey that was 4—0.” 

Brockport’s only chance to get back into the win column this week is on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when the Golden Eagles take on Utica College at 7 p.m. at home. The game will also be the team’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness game. 

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