Field Hockey Hopeful as Playoffs Approach

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With the Capital Athletic Conference underway, St. Mary’s women’s field hockey team has demonstrated their strength and determination so far this season. After the ups and downs they have experienced throughout the first 12 games, women’s field hockey continues moving forward.

On Saturday, Oct. 6, the squad earned their first conference win of the season against Frostburg State University by a score of 4-1. The match, which was held during Hawktoberfest, raised the team’s morale and shifted the Seahawks’ conference standing to 1-2.  “This game turned out really well. It’s always great to win a conference game,” said head coach Katie Lange, ’06. The victory came after the team suffered two conference losses to Salisbury University and Wesley College on Sep. 22 and 28.

The Seahawks credited their win not only to how hard they have worked so far, but also to the sensations that surrounded Hawktoberfest. “The Hawktoberfest atmosphere really pumped us up, and I think the final score reflected how well everyone played,” said sophomore goalkeeper Christy Bishop.  The team received plenty of cheers from families, alumni, and the rest of the SMCM community at Hawktoberfest. “The game was exhilarating with all the alumni and fans there wearing our shirts we sold for our fundraiser. The support was great!” said first-year defensive player Allyson Dahlen.

While the field hockey team awaits their next conference match against Mary Washington on Oct. 17, the overall standing of their non-conference games has been impressive. With a 7-5 season standing and a victory at Bridgewater on Oct. 13, women’s field hockey shows how they have improved as the season moves on. “The season’s been awesome. We work extremely hard everyday in practice and it shows in our performance on the game field,” said Dahlen.

“I definitely think we’re improving as a team overall and getting even closer as the season progresses,” added Bishop.

Although the field hockey team has seen some losses this season against such teams as Eastern Mennonite University and Shenandoah, they have also witnessed great wins against teams such as Washington College and Randolph-Macon College. “I have a great feeling that this second half of our season is going to be even better,” said Bishop.

As the season and the CAC continues, the Seahawks are offered support not only by the SMCM community but from each other. “Our whole team is so close that no matter what happens on the field, you know you’ll have 23 girls still supporting you,” said Dahlen. The field hockey team remains strong with the hope of winning their next games and preparing for the first round of the CAC. “We’ve got tough matches for the rest of the season,” said Lange, “so we’re hoping to do well.”

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