Field hockey splits weekend matches against Lehigh, Richmond – The Lafayette

The Lafayette box hockey crew (4-8 general, 0-3 Patriot League) misplaced 3-2 to Lehigh closing Friday night time earlier than successful 4-3 against Richmond on Sunday. For the primary time since 2005, the crew has but to defeat a Patriot League opponent after 3 convention video games.

In the loss to Lehigh, the Leopards have been down 1-0 when freshman midfielder Josephine van Wijk scored her first collegiate function. She was once assisted via freshman ahead Hannah Findlay and sophomore midfielder Lineke Spaans.

Following a Mountain Hawks function, senior defender Sydney Woolston replied at 46:29 to tie the sport at two apiece. Lehigh’s junior midfielder Abbie Brown sealed the win for the guests – and finished her hat-trick – when she scored at 54:40.

Despite the loss, Lafayette completely ruled in general pictures (20-6) and penalty corners (9-2). The discrepancy between probabilities created and targets scored has change into a habitual theme this season.

“They really capitalized on their opportunities [and] were gritty in the attacking circle,” Spaans stated of Lehigh. “We created a lot of chances, which is a positive, but we simply didn’t take advantage of them.”

The Leopards these days sit down 2nd to closing within the selection of targets scored compared with their convention opponents. This is a transparent distinction from closing yr’s championship-contending crew, which ranked first in all of the Patriot League in the similar statistic.

“I thought we played a good game of hockey, as we moved the ball and played simple. We just didn’t convert on our opportunities when we needed to, and we weren’t disciplined on the defensive end,” Woolston stated. 

Lafayette freshman goalkeeper and reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week Raffi Fragomeni made two saves, whilst Lehigh’s keeper had 10 throughout Friday’s matchup. 

The Leopards had a metamorphosis of fortune Sunday afternoon after they defeated the University of Richmond 4-3 in a rollercoaster senior day sport.

“The mentality was to get a result. We wanted to win for the seniors, and to end the weekend right,” Woolston stated. 

Woolston scored the primary function of the sport about 5 mins in. The Lafayette veteran has now scored a function in every of the previous 3 video games, after having scored none in her earlier 51 occupation matches. 

“It’s definitely exciting, and I am glad to finally be able to contribute on the attacking end,” Woolston stated. “I honestly can’t even put it into words, I’m just having fun out there and doing what I can to help the team succeed.”

After a flurry of targets, the rating was once tied at 3-3 with just a little greater than 5 mins left within the sport. Fittingly, senior captain and defender Simone Hefting notched the game-winner. In popularity of her efforts, the Netherlands local earned her 6th occupation weekly award with a Defensive Player of the Week nod. She competed in each minute of closing weekend’s video games, recording a defensive save along with her function. 

“Simone’s tackles outside the circle are so great, and as our captain she really leads the team,” Spaans stated. 

The seniors – Woolston, Hefting, defender Shea Balderson, goalkeeper Becca Harbert, and forwards Molly McAndrew, Tara Hamilton and Felicitas Hannes – have been in a position to go away Rappolt Field with a win that they hope will construct momentum for the remainder of the season.

The Leopards are away for 2 non-conference video games this weekend, as they face Drexel lately at 4 p.m. and No. 6 Penn State on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

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