By Anthony Cavarretta
The field hockey team continued their winning streak as they celebrated two wins during senior week. Their first game on Tuesday, Oct. 30 against the Owls of Southern Connecticut State University ended in a 7-1 victory for the Pioneers. They came into this matchup coming off a three-game road trip where they won two of three games.
The Owls came into the matchup looking for their first win of the season, coming out hot as they scored in the first five minutes of the game, stunning the Pioneers.
The Pioneers answered back with three goals in the first half; one by sophomore Sammy Bell with her 14 goals of the season to put the Pioneers on the board, and senior Emily Miller scored two before the end of the first to send the Pioneers into the half with a two-goal lead.
The second half was more of the same for the Pioneers as both Miller and Bell scored two more goals, giving them both a hat trick.
Bailey Martin, a senior midfielder, scored her first goal of the season late in the second half to give the Pioneers a decisive win over the Owls.
The Pioneers celebrated senior day at their final home game of the regular season against the Greyhounds of Assumption College on Saturday, Nov. 1. Coming off of a three- game win streak, the Pioneers are trying to keep their momentum going as they look to the Northeast 10 playoffs in a few weeks. The Greyhounds were looking for a win to try to get into the playoffs. The game was a defensive battle as both teams went back and forth. Both teams combined for a total of four missed shots in the first half, going into the half scoreless.
In the second half, both teams continued to play a strong defensive game, but it was the Pioneer’s freshman midfielder, Brianna Petruccelli, who scored a rebound. The lead didn’t last long, as the Greyhounds answered back quickly with a goal from the slot; the game was once again tied, and it would stay that way in until some late-game heroics from one of the Pioneer seniors.
In the last minute of the game, senior forward and midfielder Tarryn Morris scored a penalty corner with an assist from fellow senior Emily Miller, pushing the Pioneers up by one point with less than a minute to play in regulation. The Greyhounds tried to answer in a nail-biting final play as they were awarded a penalty corner with no time on the clock. Rachel Vellis, sophomore goalkeeper, stepped up with the save to give the Pioneers the win on their last home game of the season.
The Pioneers play their last game of the regular season on the road against American International College in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, Nov. 7.