Field Hockey and Women’s Soccer both suffered losses over the weekend as they took on American University and Lehigh University, respectively. Women’s Tennis played Siena College on the road and suffered a loss as well. Despite these defeats, each of these teams put forward a valiant effort and is continuing to work towards achieving its goals.
Field Hockey’s 8-1 loss to American comes after two home-game wins last weekend and marks the team’s first Patriot League play. “Although this loss was very frustrating, we learned a lot from it and are going to use it to prepare for our next Patriot League game against Colgate,” says captain Maureen Connolly.
The Crusaders were able to score early on in the first half with a goal from sophomore Emily Loprete in the fifth minute of play. They kept their lead for nearly 20 minutes before American was able to score. Finally, just before the end of the first half, American took the lead with a corner shot and the scoring continued from that point on. “It was definitely frustrating, but we’re still determined to reach our goals and make it Patriot League Weekend this year,” says junior defender Sammy Gjeltema.
The Women’s soccer team was close to a win but ultimately came up short with a score of 1-0 in their game against Lehigh on Saturday at the Linda Johnson Smith Stadium. The score remained 0-0 for almost the entire game until a shot by Lehigh went to the back of the net in the second half.
A header by senior Christina Napolitano almost tied the game when it just cleared the net, but ultimately the Crusaders were unable to pull ahead. “I think there was a good energy going into our first Patriot League game,” says junior midfielder Christina Callahan. “We definitely competed well and our work isn’t done yet.”
Junior defender, Allie Neumann, echoes her teammate’s sentiments. “The Lehigh game was a well-fought match,” she comments. “Unfortunately one-goal games are a theme in the Patriot League and we were on the wrong side today. However, we played well and we have another chance to pick up some Patriot League points on Saturday at home versus Bucknell.”
Women’s Tennis also put up a tough fight when they took on Siena College on Sunday in Albany. The 7-0 loss came after a gallant effort by all singles and doubles teams on the court. “It’s always tough playing teams that are in a very competitive conference, but we definitely all played our hardest,” says sophomore Morgan Macguire.
Highlights came from the number-one singles match as sophomore Allison Reiling split sets with Siena’s number-one player. After a tough 6-0 loss in the first set, Allison fought back and was able to win the second set 6-2. Although the tiebreaker ended with a score of 10-7 in Siena’s favor, the intensity of the match serves as great preparation for the team’s Newport Hall of Fame Doubles Tournament next week.
“We came into the match knowing Siena would be a tough opponent, but played really well anyway. I think that we’re all really excited to take the skills we honed and developed this weekend into our tournament in Newport on Saturday,” says junior Meghan Lewis.
Watch Crusader Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer, and Women’s Tennis as they play this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 24.