Sports Blog: Field Hockey’s dream season comes to an end

After defeating Monmouth, the Broncs celebrated at midfield.

David Pavlak

pavlakd@theridernews.com

Dynasty.

That is the only way to describe the field hockey team throughout the last couple of years. Winning the NEC championship this past season with a 2-0 victory over Monmouth was just icing on the cake for the Broncs who could be found regularly at the top of the NEC standings.

Even though the team would walk away with another NEC championship, there was a hint of bitterness after they walked off the field just minutes after losing to Princeton 1-0. The win would of secured the women a trip to the NCAA tournament. The Broncs still managed to go 19-2 this year, one of the best accumulative records that they have ever achieved.

With the departure of six seniors, the Broncs will have to fill some holes in order to continue the same type of dominant play for years to come. Seniors Rebecca Lotito, Stephanie McGinty, Mary Morano, Megan Pisani, Natasha Tukeva and Virginia Egusquiza will be missed next season..

Having to fill the goalie position will be crucial for the Broncs as Lotito was one of the best in the NCAA at her craft. Lotito finished the year with a GAA (goals against average) of 0.73. Egusquiza was also an extremely important offensive player for the Broncs. She finished the year with  16 goals and 18 assists and was named the NEC player of the year. This is the third time in a row that she has won the award.

Though the Broncs were not able to make the NCAA tournament, they are still one of the strongest field hockey programs in many years. Under the direction of Head Coach Lori Hussong the Broncs will still be able compete year after year and will ultimately raise many more NEC championships.

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