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Field hockey drops second SUNYAC matchup

by Bart Snyder - Contributing Writer
Tue, Oct 8th 2019 03:00 pm
Sophomore Renee Lauer handles the ball while moving downfield against New Paltz on Saturday, Oct. 5. Lauer took three shots against the Hawks and two of them went on net. Brockport dropped the game to New Paltz versus fall to 0—2 in league play. The Golden Eagles are 7—4 overall.
Sophomore Renee Lauer handles the ball while moving downfield against New Paltz on Saturday, Oct. 5. Lauer took three shots against the Hawks and two of them went on net. Brockport dropped the game to New Paltz versus fall to 0—2 in league play. The Golden Eagles are 7—4 overall.

The College at Brockport field hockey team has a schedule full of challenging opponents. With Hartwick College, SUNY Cortland, SUNY New Paltz, the University of Rochester and St. John Fisher College all on the schedule, there is not much room for error. After falling to both Hartwick and Cortland earlier in the season, Brockport was looking to earn its first conference win of the season over New Paltz at home on Saturday, Oct. 5. 

Brockport’s matchup with Hartwick did not go as planned, dropping the game 5-0. Against Cortland, the Golden Eagles were able to play a competitive game, however they could not quite close it out, losing 2-1 in overtime. Against New Paltz, Brockport saw similar results to its games against Hartwick and Cortland. 

New Paltz, the reigning SUNYAC champions, had some trouble when it played Brockport last season. New Paltz won the game, but Brockport kept it close, losing by a final score of 4-3. This season, the game was not as close, with the Hawks managing to outscore the Golden Eagles 3-0. 

Brockport was unable to find consistency on the offensive side of the ball. The Golden Eagles were able to get the ball deep into the Hawks zone on multiple occasions but were unable to get good shots off. Meanwhile, the New Paltz offense played aggressively and controlled the pace of the game. The Hawks managed 16 shots in the first half alone, but only converted one shot into a goal. The lone New Paltz goal of the first half came with 4:04 left in the second quarter. 

The second half was not quite as one sided on the stat sheet but Brockport gave up a goal in each of the final two quarters while also being shutout. The Golden Eagles managed to hold New Paltz to only eight shots in the second half. This was still more than the six shots the Golden Eagles had throughout the entire game. Brockport did manage to produce some solid scoring opportunities with its shots but were not able to translate any of them into goals.  

“We had many opportunities to score but we weren’t able to capitalize,” junior midfielder Katie Ziemba said. “Their defense was strong but definitely beatable with our speed and skill. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get numbers up so our forwards were left out to dry against their defense.” 

The loss brings Brockport’s record on the season to 7—4. Two of the four losses have come at the hands of SUNYAC opponents, Cortland and New Paltz. Brockport has yet to win a game in SUNYAC play this season. 

Despite the negative result, Brockport can only look ahead moving forward.

“It’s hard coming off of a loss and having that quick turnaround in two days for another very competitive team,” Archambeau said. “Keeping our heads up staying together to move forward [will be key].”

After the defeat, Brockport shifted its focus to its next big opponent, Rochester. The game took place on Tuesday, Oct. 8, with the Yellowjackets riding a four-game winning streak. Rochester entered the game sitting just outside of the top 20 in the national rankings, making the game Brockport’s biggest challenge so far this season. 

After the team’s bout with Rochester, the Golden Eagles will travel to Morrisville State College in search of their first SUNYAC win of the season. The game will take place on Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m.

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