Bison field hockey falls to Holy Cross in shootout, bounces right back to defeat Columbia

Annie Collett, Staff Writer

The women’s field hockey team traveled to Worcester, Mass. to play Holy Cross Oct. 15. Throughout the match, the Bison dominated the field with a 19-8 advantage in shots and 12-5 in penalty corners. Despite the effort, the Orange and Blue could not get past Holy Cross’s goalkeeper. The Bison held off the Crusaders from scoring all throughout regulation and overtime became critical. The Bison once again out-performed the Crusaders in overtime, but unfortunately the game came down to a shootout. Holy Cross scored and won, making the final score 0-1 for the Bison.

The Bison played Columbia on Oct. 16 winning 4-3 and improved to 2-3 in conference games. Columbia started the game as a powerhouse, scoring two quick goals. After halftime, the Orange and Blue scored four straight goals, giving them a lead. Stephanie Dressler ’18, Brittany Willwerth ’20, Amy Mucelli ’17, and M.C. Evans ’19 all scored for the Bison. After those first two goals, Emily Finn ’18 and the defenders played very tactfully, shutting down Columbia until their late third goal. The Orange and Blue won 4-3, the sixth game in a row where the score has been within one goal.

“The game on Saturday was a tough frustrating loss. We definitely dominated in that game and had a lot of opportunities to score, but we let the frustrations of not being able to finish off our shots get to us. We knew that it was an important game and we let the pressure get to us. We know that we can beat Holy Cross. So for our game on Sunday we approached it in a different way.” Mucelli said

Furthermore, commenting on the win against Columbia, Mucelli said, “We decided to play in more of a relaxed way and to have fun with it. It wasn’t until the second half that we actually loosened up and were able to score four goals in order to win the game. This win was really good for us because we recently just went through a lot of tough losses, so I think it helped prepare us for this coming weekend. This should be a good weekend and hopefully we can get some more wins.”

The Bison still have a shot at making the Patriot League tournament, playing against Lafayette Oct. 22.

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