Back in the comfort zone

Lafayette field hockey returned to Patriot League play.

Photo by Ally Hill ‘15 |Photo Editor

Lafayette field hockey returned to the comforts of league play in a 4-1 win against rival Lehigh (2-7) last Saturday in its Patriot League opener.

That comfort was evident immediately as Lafayette scored three first half goals in constant attack mode.

“It’s great to start off league play with a win,” forward Hanna Sotiropoulos ‘14 said. “It’s nice to see all of the hard work from playing top ranked teams really paid off. We know our strengths and it felt great to get that [victory].”

Brittany Blass ‘15, one of the most consistent players on the roster, struck first with a penalty corner goal 20 minutes into the first half. Ten minutes later, Blass reentered the conversation when her shot was deflected by Kelsey Mead ‘15 past the Lehigh goalkeeper. Mead then returned the favor when Haley Keenan ‘14 finished her shot.

Lehigh began the second half with an early goal but another Blass goal off a penalty corner sealed the victory.

Before resuming league play tomorrow, Lafayette (3-5, 1-0 PL) was tested by two non-conference opponents.

Wednesday’s game against Penn (6-2) started extremely quickly when Heaney scored in the first 20 seconds off a Keenan assist. Heaney scored again, this time unassisted, before the half ended.

Goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch ‘15 registered seven saves and received two more insurance goals from Keenan and Jenna Seybert ‘15.

Lafayette outshot Penn 18-11 and held an 11-9 edge in penalty corners.

“It was a good game,” Heaney said. “One of the biggest things was that we scored in the first 20 seconds of the game, so it started off really well. Everyone just played really well and we looked great as a team.”

On Sunday against Rutgers (4-5), Lafayette suffered its only loss of the week, losing 2-1. Rutgers scored the go-ahead goal with just three minutes left.

Heaney scored off an assist from Kelsey Gula ‘14 in the 15th minute but five minutes later, Rutgers scored when a shot in the circle was deflected by Lafayette, therefore counting as a goal.

Up next for Lafayette is its second league game against Bucknell (5-4, 2-0) at home tomorrow at noon.

“I’m really excited to play Bucknell,” forward Aimee Smith ’14 said. “They are a tough physical team and every year this team is a hard battle. It’s Homecoming weekend so there will be a lot of excitement and hopefully a lot of fans that come out and support.”

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