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Field hockey secures crucial conference victory

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Tue, Oct 22nd 2019 09:00 pm
Sophomore Kassandra Burr winds up to stroke a ball to a teammate.
Sophomore Kassandra Burr winds up to stroke a ball to a teammate.

With the toughest part of the schedule behind it, The College at Brockport field hockey team had to refocus its efforts on the remaining SUNYAC games in order to accomplish something that has not been done by the program since 2010. Brockport has not made the SUNYAC tournament since then, but is having its best season in quite a while. The Golden Eagles sat at 1—2 in conference play heading into their matchup with SUNY Oswego on Saturday, Oct. 19. 

Before taking on Oswego, Brockport dropped its final non-conference game of the year to St. John Fisher College, 5-0. The Cardinals dominated the contest from the get-go, sending 29 shots at sophomore goalie Cara Fox as opposed to the five Brockport attempted. The Golden Eagle defense held strong for the first and third quarters, not allowing a goal in those frames. Sophomore forwards Renee Lauer and Alyssa Fuccillo took all five of Brockport’s shots, while Fox made 17 saves. 

When the game against Oswego came around, it was a must-win for the Golden Eagles. Oswego came into the game with a 1—3 record in league play, making it a winnable game for the Golden Eagles. That was precisely what Brockport did, coming away with a 2-0 victory. 

In an even first quarter, neither team was able to register many shots, with the Lakers taking three and the Golden Eagles two. Both of Brockport’s shots came within a few seconds, with a shot taken by sophomore midfielder Emily Hall going through the legs of Oswego’s goalie without finding the back of the goal. Lauer then collected the ball next to the cage and scored her eighth goal of the season to give her team an early 1-0 advantage. There was no more scoring throughout the half, with Brockport taking the only shot of the second quarter. 

The second half was also even and did not see many shots, but the Lakers took the majority of the shots in the third quarter without a goal yet again. Similar to the first quarter, it took the Golden Eagles just one shot to register a goal. Junior forward Meaghan Lurz notched her 10th goal of the season to provide Brockport an insurance goal. Junior midfielder Katie Ziemba picked up the assist on Lurz’s goal, putting her within one of the program’s single-season assist record. Despite not taking a lot of shots, Lurz said the goals in this game came from good offensiv e flow. 

“The goal happened because we got into a really good offensive flow,” Lurz said. “When our passes are on point we are really good at working the ball up the field. The pass Katie sent me was perfect and was what led to the goal.” 

The fourth quarter was more of the same, with Brockport taking three shots to Oswego’s one. Neither team was able to find the back of the cage. When the final buzzer sounded, the Golden Eagles came away with a 2-0 victory, one that helped keep their postseason hopes alive. 

Currently, Brockport stands at 9—6 overall and 2—2 in league play. The Golden Eagles are currently tied with SUNY Oneonta, their next opponent, for the final playoff spot. Brockport appears ready for the challenge, and head coach Krista Archambeau thinks her team has learned some things during its most recent non-conference losses. 

“We worked on being more disciplined in all areas of the field in practice, executing, staying tighter with our marks, finishing on offense and really playing together as one,” Archambeau said. 

Brockport will face Oneonta on the road on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. In what will likely be an elimination game, both teams will have an added sense of urgency in the contest. After the Oneonta contest, Brockport will play its final game of the season at SUNY Geneseo, the SUNYAC leaders. Oneonta will also play its final game a week later against SUNY New Paltz, who defeated Brockport 3-0 earlier this season. 

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