Field hockey’s 2-1 victory sends them to the postseason

Holly Burns, Staff Writer

The Bison field hockey team wrapped up regular-season play on Nov. 2 with a 2-1 victory over Holy Cross. The Orange and Blue finished the regular season with a 9-8 record overall, and a 4-2 record in Patriot League play. They will be seeded third in the Patriot League tournament, the program’s 12th appearance.

Leah Fogelsanger ’21 was vital in the Bison’s Senior Day victory over Holy Cross, scoring two early goals to secure the victory. Megan Keeney ’21 assisted Fogelsanger’s first goal a mere two minutes into the game, slotting the ball across the net for an easy finish.

The second goal came early in the second half, assisted by Sarah Dimock ’21. Dimock drove into the circle and was able to tap the ball to Fogelsanger for a long-range finish.

Holy Cross collected a goal of their own in the second quarter; however, it was not enough to overcome the Orange and Blue lead. The Bison defense stayed strong throughout the remainder of the match, only allowing the Crusaders two shots on the day.

The Orange and Blue totaled 14 shots during the match. Keeney led the team taking four shots throughout the game, while Brittany Willwerth ’20 had three.

“The win yesterday was a great example of a full team effort. We were able to execute our outlets and secure a much-needed win to gain a spot in the Patriot League Tournament,” Fogelsanger said. 

Fogelsanger earned her second Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts in Saturday’s contest. Fogelsaner has seven goals this season, now tied with Emily Doyle ’22 on the season. Doyle, who was a big contributor to the Bison’s success earlier in the season, has not been able to play many minutes in recent games due to injury.

The Orange and Blue also honored seniors Sam Chanzit, Allie Christopher, Olivia Harris, Marisa Morakis, Chloe Poltonavage, and Willwerth in their last regular-season game.

“The senior day ceremony set the tone for the day. The team really played for each other and worked super hard,” Morakis said. “We are very excited to come out with a win and to be heading to the tournament next weekend.”

Heading into the postseason, the Bison will travel to Washington, D.C. on Nov. 8 to compete in the Patriot League Semifinal Game.

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