Lubin takes it home

The New Jersey Athletic Conference third-ranked Lions’ field hockey team defeated the fifth-ranked Bears of Ursinus College by scoring in the last 10 minutes of the game for a 2-1 win last Tuesday.

The Lions remain undefeated this season, their record a perfect 5-0. With this loss, the Bears stand at 5-2 overall.

Sophomore forward Jenny Lubin scored the winning goal off a penalty corner from junior midfielder/defender Colleen Dougherty. The goal was Lubin’s first of the season and Dougherty’s second assist so far this year.

“We always have a close game when we play (Ursinus),” head coach Sharon Pfluger said. “It was hard fought on both sides.”

Most of the first half was a well-played defensive stalemate until the Lions mounted a charge with less than three minutes until halftime.

Senior forward Jess Berkowitz passed in the penalty corner then hustled toward the net to score on an assist from junior defender Sheri Grondski.

“We had a great passing game,” Pfluger said.

This goal gave the Lions a 1-0 lead going into halftime.

After the break, Ursinus tied the game when sophomore midfielder Jennie Moore scored her sixth goal of the season off a pass from senior midfielder Melissa Buckley 12:49 into the second half. The game stayed tied until Lubin’s goal in the closing minutes of the game.

“We had a young team last year,” Pfluger said. “But we have grown together and have good leadership.”

Senior goalkeeper Erin Mitschke made two saves in goal for the Lions and recorded her fifth win of the season. Ursinus junior goalkeeper Jessica Lamina finished the game with five saves, but still got her first loss of the season.

The Lions face Manhattanville College on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4 p.m.