Field Hockey tops No. 25 Boston and SHU

Holly Burns, Contributing Writer

This past weekend proved to be huge for the Bison field hockey team, who went 2-0 on the road and improved their overall record to 4-3. The first win came on Sept. 21 against reigning Patriot League champions No. 25 Boston University. Maddie Rehak ’23 scored the Orange and Blue’s lone goal early in the third quarter, carrying the team to a 1-0 victory.

The Bison fought hard in the first two quarters, allowing less than five shots on goals against the Terriers. Rehak’s second-half goal came off of a quick passing combination, followed by a breakaway. The freshman was then able to finish a high shot over Boston’s goalkeeper. 

The Orange and Blue’s defense was able to hold the lead through the remainder of the game, only allowing a few shots to reach goalkeeper Olivia Harris ’20. Harris finished the game with five saves, while Brittany Willwerth ’20 led the team with four shots, two of which were on goal.

“It was an incredibly well-fought game from both teams. We had lots of great shots, as did they,” Harris said. “It was unbelievable when Maddie scored that backhand as it really felt like we had a real shot at beating Boston. The defense and I played solid the whole game, but once we had that lead, we had to win.”

This marks one of only two times the Bison have ever defeated the Terriers and is the only victory on Boston’s home turf.

The Orange and Blue used the momentum from the big win against Boston University and carried it into their game the next day against Sacred Heart. The game was held at a neutral site at Yale University.

Rehak netted her second goal of the weekend with a little over three minutes remaining in the first half, giving the Bison a strong lead going into halftime.

The Orange and Blue continued to dominate as Allie Christopher ’20 scored a mere six minutes into the third quarter. Willwerth inserted the corner, and Marisa Morakis ’20 stopped the ball for Christopher’s finish.

Sacred Heart scored with less than five minutes left in the game, but the Bison defense denied any attempts following the goal.

“This weekend, we really stepped up as a team to defeat two really respected teams,” Rehak said. “Our strong defense throughout the field and our ability to capitalize on opportunities allowed us to be successful against Boston and SHU.”

The Bison will face more tough opposition this upcoming weekend when they travel to American University on Sept. 28 at 12 p.m., followed by Towson on Sept. 29.

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