Field hockey faces loss against LIU Post

Devin Bergeron, Sports Editor

A couple of late goals from LIU Post fueled a 2-1 comeback victory for the home team, as Saint A’s was sent packing from Sunday’s Northeast 10 Conference contest.

The Hawks may have been too well-rested after going more than a week without a game. Their last contest was September 15, where they grabbed their second win of the season in a 3-1 victory against Saint Mikes on Alumnae Appreciation Day. Goal scorers in the home-win for the Hawks were senior forward Abby Walker, junior forward Michelle Lemelin, and freshmen forward Emilie Martin. Sophomore goalie Julia Hand also picked up a save to collect the win in net.

Coming in off their seven straight days of rest, the Hawks seemed a bit rusty to open things up. It took them until the eighth minute to get their first shot off and only got off three shots in the first half. Luckily for them however, LIU Post did not fare any better and both teams went into the half at a stalemate 0-0.

Out of the break the Hawks finally seemed to kick off the dust as they came out firing. After a shot from Walker was met by the Pioneer’s goalie in the eighth minute back into play, the Hawks slipped one through six minutes later. A shot from inside the circle got through the opposing defenders to give freshmen forward Carly LaCasse her second goal of the season.

Despite the one-goal lead, the Hawks good fortune would seemingly end there for the day. They would not record another shot until the closing 30 seconds of the match, and a pair of goals, at 62:00 and 67:35, would allow LIU Post to steal the win from Saint A’s.

Senior forward Maddie Bressler pitched in her two shots to give her eight for the year while Hand grabbed four saves in the loss. Hand now has nine saves on the ledger with eight goals allowed and a .529 save percentage.

The contest was the first conference match of the year for the team as they now fall to 0-1 in the NE10 and 2-3 overall. They will have a nice shot to get back on track Saturday when they host Assumption at Grappone Stadium, where they are still undefeated, in another conference game. Assumption is also 0-1 in the NE10 standings with a 4-2 overall record.