Teamwork gives Lions push forward

The Lions’ field hockey team kept its undefeated streak alive by going 2-0 over the course of the week, scoring a combined 12 goals in the games to now stand at 7-0.

It was a battle between nationally-ranked teams as the No. 3 Lions scored the go-ahead goal in the second half against the No. 6 Red Hawks of Montclair State University.

The College edged past Montclair 2-1 and also trounced Manhattanville College 8-1.

Last Tuesday, the Lions were down 1-0 after a quick a goal in the second half against the Red Hawks. The Lions rallied in the final minutes of the game as freshman midfielder Jessica Falcone evened the score with 10:56 remaining off a feed from junior midfielder Colleen Dougherty.

Senior forward Allison Greene followed with 7:22 left in regulation to net the game-winner for her eighth goal of the season.

“It was really important for us to come out on top of those games,” sophomore forward Katie Reuther said. “We’ve been having a great beginning of the season, but the game especially against Montclair was a good test for us. I think we really proved something because we lost to Montclair last year.”

The Lions outshot the Red Hawks 24-1 in the win and had them beat 21-0 on penalty corners.

Senior goalkeeper Erin Mitschke recorded the win without having to make any saves.

The College put on a clinic against Manhattanville as it extended its undefeated season, with seven different Lions contributing to the scoring efforts.

After being down 1-0 only 6:33 into the game, the Lions took control as Greene took an assist from sophomore midfielder Melissa Buttray to even up the score about a minute later.

Junior defenseman Ashleigh Pecherski tallied two straight goals before Reuther added the fourth to give the College a 4-1 lead at halftime.

“I am really proud to be able to help our team win,” Reuther said. “These past few games I think our teamwork has really shined on the field. Everyone on our team is able to contribute something great and not just one person is doing all the work.”

The domination continued in the second half as Reuther knocked in her second goal of the game. The Lions gave themselves more cushion as sophomore forward Jenny Lubin netted a goal just four minutes later to make it 6-1.

Sophomore midfielder Kelly Mitchell tipped in her first goal of the year and Greene closed out the scoring for her team-leading 10th goal of the season with just 8:38 to go. Sophomore midfielder Jackie Gelinas fed the ball to Greene for her second assist of the game.

“If we continue to play the way we are playing, I definitely believe that we can stay undefeated,” Reuther said. “Our team is determined to come out on top this year and we are ready for any obstacle we may face.”

The Lions return to action tonight at 7:30 p.m. as they face Susquehanna University in Lions’ Stadium.