PETE PAGUAGA — Sports Editor
In what was a close, one-goal game for most of the contest, in the end the Hawks from St. Anselm took home a 4-1 victory.
“We fell apart at the end,” said senior defensemen Randi Schock, “we need to prove that we are a 70-minute team.”
The Owls came out strong; after going down 1-0, the Owls scored on a penalty stroke by Schock. Schock went with a backhand and lifted it over the Hawks goalie, scoring easily.
“I shoot lefty,” said Schock of her goal. In field hockey there are only right-handed sticks, so lefty players have to go back hand to use their strong hand.
Late in the first half, the Hawks added a goal that was a shot from inside the crease that goalie Robin Donaldson didn’t see. This gave the Hawks a 2-1 lead going into the second half.
In the second half the Owls controlled overall possession time. They had many opportunities to score in the half, but were unable to convert in front. The Owls had eight shots, but Hawks goalie Megan Sullivan played great, stopping five shots and only allowing the one goal by Schock.
With 10 minutes left the Owls aggressive offense caused lapses in the defense and resulted in two late goals by the Hawks. This helped to pad their lead en route to their fifth win of the season; the Hawks are now 5-9 for the season overall and 2-5 in NE-10 conference play. The Owls fall to 4-11 and 1-6 in conference play.
“We are making progress in some areas,” said Head Coach Kelley Frassinelli. “We play hard, but when we’re down, we give up—there’s no fire.”
One of the areas where the Owls didn’t excel was on penalty corners.
“This surface is not for field hockey,” said coach Frassinelli.
The Owls have three more games this season and on Thursday is Senior Night and the Owls’ last home game of the season.
This game was the Owls’ “Play 4 a Cure” game, which is for the Susan G. Komen foundation. The Owls wore pink jerseys and socks, dyed their hair and wore pink eye black.
“We really look forward to it,” said Schock. “People on the team know people who have been affected, so it hits at home with everyone.”