Women’s field hockey finishes season strong, makes it to championships

By Sophie Afdhal

After a strong season, women’s field hockey competed in the Centennial Conference Championship last week. Though the team had a strong performance, it did not manage to secure the title in its division. Field Hockey had an especially good season this Fall and had a 17-2 season record overall.

“The season went great,” said Samantha Porcelli ’15. “Coming out of a season with a record of 17-2 is a great accomplishment. We work really well together as a team and I think having such a great team dynamic has helped us a lot. Being so close to our teammates off the team makes it easier to come together on the field.”

The season was filled with many high points, including helping Missy Mariano, head coach of the field hockey team, have her overall winningest season.

“It was a really fun experience being part of a team that helped Coach become the most winningest coach,” said Porcelli, “It gave us someone to win for other than ourselves and it’s always exciting to be part of a team that can pull together so many wins.” They played the Ursinus College Bears in the C.C. Championships on Nov. 10. The team maintained controls over the first half.

They fired 6 shots on goal and the majority of the half was spent on the Ursinus side. Bethany Vincent ’14, captain to the women’s field hockey team, came very close to scoring at the 19-minute mark when she popped a shot over the goal, but an Ursinus College player was there for a big defensive save.

In the second half, Ursinus took over control of the game. There were 14 corners played against F&M in the second half as well as 14 shots on goal compared to F&M’s four. Ursinus put up the first point in the 64th minute when an Ursinus player stole the ball inside the circle and shot past goalie Avery Koep ’14 to grab the lead.

Little over a minute later Ursinus scored their second point. The Diplomats pulled its goalie to substitute an extra offensive player, but fell to the Bears despite their strong effort.

“Although we had a really upsetting loss that ended our season, there really isn’t anything else I could complain about,” Porcelli said. “It was tough to lose but everyone played their best and we have to be proud of that.”

Junior Sophie Afdhal is the Associate Sports Editor. Her email is safdhal@fandm.edu.

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