Women’s Field Hockey Undefeated

Commentary by
MAGGIE REYNOLDS

If you don’t think of the Scranton Women’s Field Hockey team when you hear the word “undefeated,” you will now.

The women’s team has experienced great success so far this season. With a current record of 5-0, they are establishing a reputation for turning close call games into shut-outs.

In their game against King’s College on Thursday, the Lady Royals scored 3 goals in the final 35 minutes to defeat their scoreless opposition. Last week, first-year goalie Jenna Cyr was named the Landmark Conference Field Hockey Defensive Athlete of the Week. Despite letting in a goal early on during a game against Muhlenberg, she came back strong made five saves and assisted the Lady Royals in holding off the opposition. The Lady Royals won the game 2-1.

After taking on 10 new first year student athletes this season, one would think the dynamic of the team would have changed, or even faltered. However, I had the opportunity to discuss the season so far with junior Elizabeth Tolley and senior captain Meredith Campbell. They assured me this was not the case. Both girls noted the great chemistry the team has this year, owed in part to the fact that they all have confidence in each other. Tolley and Campbell also conceded their team has been off to a great start this year, and it’s evident in their record.

Tolley and Campbell’s personal goals coincide with the team’s goal for the season, which is to be Landmark Conference Champions this year. After finishing last season with a 5-12 overall and 2-5 conference record, these Lady Royals have returned this season with a vengeance. The catchphrase the Lady Royals of the field hockey team are living by this season is “Inch by Inch.” They got this phrase from the movie “Any Given Sunday.” It serves as a reminder to take their season one step at a time, one second at a time, and one game at a time, Campbell said.

The girls both wanted to make special mention of the entire team. Tolley specified Assistant Coach Maureen Taylor, who graduated from the University two years ago. These Lady Royals hope to extend their winning streak as they face off against Arcadia this Saturday and cross town Marywood next Tuesday.

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