Lions beat Ospreys in regular-season finale

The field hockey team ended its season dominating the competition as usual, earning a 6-0 victory versus the Ospreys of Richard Stockton College on Thursday.

The team’s winning streak was extended to six games as they wrapped up another successful season.

“I think it is mostly in part to our hard work and dedication,” junior defender Ashleigh Pecherski said. “Everyone wants it more than the next person and you can really feel that out on the field.”

Junior forward Jenny Lubin initiated the scoring for the College, netting a goal 24 minutes into the first half. Freshman forward Leigh Mitchell was quick to follow, rocketing a shot into the cage off of a pass from Pecherski.

The Lions blew the game wide open in the second half with Mitchell scoring yet again less than 10 minutes into the half. Sophomore forward Jessica Falcone followed suit, scoring two goals of her own.

Freshman forward Mary Waller added the second goal of her collegiate career to give the Lions a total of six points.

Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Gregory made one save throughout the game, picking up her 11th shutout for the season.

The victory put the Lions at 6-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) and 16-2 overall.

While the team prepared for its second-round appearance in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Tournament, it received a little help from former Lions in the annual alumnae game.

“The alumnae game gets us ready for postseason and is really great practice for us,” Pecherski said. “They are so talented and they really help us out.”

With the Lions finishing strong in the regular season, the team earned home-field advantage for the regional round of the NCAA tournament. The College will make its 27th consecutive appearance in the tournament after clinching the NJAC.

The Lions, who earned a bye into the second round, will play the winner of the Keene State University and William Smith College matchup Sunday at 1 p.m.