Bison field hockey loses to Lafayette and Penn State

Holly Burns, Contributing Writer

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The Bison field hockey team fell 2-1 against Lafayette on Saturday, Oct. 26. Both teams played strong defensively, as all goals came off of penalty corners.

Lafayette scored off their first penalty corner with six minutes remaining in the first half. Their second goal of the day came six minutes into the second half. 

Orange and Blue forward Brittany Willwerth ’20 was able to get the Bison on the board with eight minutes remaining in the game; however, they were unable to rally and earn a the tying goal. Allie Christopher ’20 assisted Willwerth’s goal. 

“We went into the Lafayette game knowing that they were going to be one of our more difficult Patriot League opponents. Although it was not the result we were hoping for, we did a very good job connecting between the backs, midfielders and forwards. I was super proud of our press and sharp ball movement,” said Erin Zielinski ’22. “It was some of the best hockey we have played this season, and we are super excited to take the lessons from this game, and use them as an opportunity to improve going forward in the tournament. 

On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the Bison competed against top ranked Penn State. The Orange and Blue were able to keep the game scoreless until the 46th minute, when the Nittany Lions were able to capitalize on three opportunities.

Leah Fogelsanger ’21 had the Bison’s best chance of the day late in the third quarter with a strong shot, however Penn State responded with very strong defensive effort. 

“Considering the high caliber of field hockey that Penn State plays, I was really proud of how we held their offense to zero goals for three quarters. I think it is really important to play teams like Penn State because it will help us to prepare for important upcoming Patriot League games. We play Holy Cross on Saturday, so hopefully we will be able to have a similar performance and secure our spot in the tournament,” explained Madison Hatcher ’22. 

The Bison play their final Patriot League game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 2 against Holy Cross. The game will be played home at Graham Field at 12 p.m and the team will honor its seniors prior to the action.

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