Broncs claim two straight wins after 0-3 start
Thanks to hard work, practice and determination, the Rider field hockey team defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers 3-2 on Sept. 14.
Goals scored by seniors Tricia Crotty and Diana Celebre gave the Broncs their first win of the regular season.
Just 15 minutes in, Celebre started the game with her first goal of the season off of a pass from freshman Virginia Egusquiza.
The Mountaineers responded by tying the game, but then Celebre added her second goal of the day to reclaim a Rider lead.
Crotty rounded out the scoring by ensuring a Rider victory off a rebound, scoring her second goal of the season and 34th of her career. The Mountaineers tried to play catch up, but were denied for Rider’s first win after three straight losses.
Among other highlights in the team’s first win, junior goalkeeper Lyndsie made seven saves. This was a great rebound for the goalie from the 3-1 loss to Colgate one week earlier.
“We [worked] as a unit and [got] through the heat to connect our plays, and [we] played our game until the clock ran out,” Johnson said. “We are excited to celebrate our first win and we are already anxious to meet our other opponents and the opportunity for more.”
The team kicked off its season on Aug. 31 against the Hofstra Pride in a 2-1 overtime loss on the road.
Crotty scored her 33rd career goal with eight minutes left in regulation time to send the Broncs and the Pride into overtime.
Hofstra broke the scoreless tie three minutes into the second overtime to give Rider its first loss of the new season.
Johnson, making her first career start, made eight saves in the overtime loss.
The Broncs then took on the Villanova Wildcats on the road four days later. The two teams played hard throughout the game, refusing to give in until Villanova scored right as the clock ticked down to zero to win the game 1-0. It was the Broncs’ second one-goal loss. Johnson made four saves as Villanova obtained a 15-6 shot advantage over Rider.
The Broncs also fell to Colgate 3-1 before finally reaching victory on Sunday. Sophomore Allison Vogel claimed the only goal of the day for Rider. Johnson found herself busy in net, making eight saves as Colgate outshot the Broncs 18-13.
“We were all over the ball and played our hearts out; the only bad part was the final score,” said Crotty. “We have learned from those games that we have to cash in on every single opportunity we get in front of the cage.”
Head Coach Lorraine Hussong views the early games as nothing more than a learning experience.
“We knew going into our game schedule we would face some stiff competition in the beginning, which is going to help us in the long run,” she said. “If we continue to work hard and give our best effort each time out the success will follow.”
The Broncs knotched another win in their belts after clinching a 3-2 win over West Chester on Wednesday.
Crotty put one on the board 30 minutes into the game to break the scoreless tie. Later she put another in the back of the cage to give the Broncs a 2-0 lead at halftime.
After only 11 minutes into the second half, Crotty added yet another goal to her stats, scoring her fifth goal of the season and 37th of her career. Crotty moved up in the ranks, finding herself fifth place all-time on the goals scored list at Rider as well as the seventh place all-time on the Bronc scoring list with 84 points.
The Rams attempted to come back with two goals in a row, but Johnson made two sprawling saves to ensure Rider its second consecutive victory. Johnson made seven saves while Rider outshot the Rams 17-10.
The Broncs will continue their schedule on the road, facing off against Lehigh tomorrow at 5 p.m.