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Field Hockey Looks to Make Waves during NEC Play

By Elise Person

Staff Writer

The Field Hockey team is putting the last pieces together as they prepare for conference play.

The team had mixed performances at the start of their fall 2019 season. With a record of 3-5, The Sharks are anticipating their first conference game on Friday, Oct. 11, against Wagner College. The team is up for the challenge and ready to give their opponents trouble in the NEC, according to Head Coach Raenee Savin.

Coach Savin does not believe their .375 winning percentage record is representative of what is to come in conference play. “I think that the teams we played out of conference before starting our conference schedule were definitely challenging, but it got us ready for everything were going to need to do,” she said.

In their third game of the season, The Sharks faced nationally ranked No. 25 William and Mary College. The Sharks stood up well against the power house from Virginia, but ultimately lost in a 2-0 defeat.

The other teams that defeated the Sharks had very close finals scores. The Sharks lost to La Salle University in a shootout 3-2 and lost to Saint Francis University 2-1 in overtime.

However, the Sharks non-conference games were not plagued with close loses. The Sharks defeated Towson University with the score of 3-2 and, defeated Lock Haven University 1-0 in a huge win on September 29.

With the start of conference play upon them, the Sharks seem to be an unexpected threat within the NEC.

“I know that [in] being a new team to Division I, teams are not expecting us to be as strong as we really are. So I hope to be the underdog that shocks everyone and comes out on top,” Savin said.

Friday is not only the team’s senior day as well as their first NEC game. Coach Savin believes that it will be an exciting day, kicking off both conference play and celebrating the seniors and all they have accomplished throughout their four years.

After coaching LIU Post Pioneer Field Hockey for 16 years, this is Coach Savin’s first time coaching at the Division I level and in the NEC. However, she does not see it affecting her coaching style or their game play.

“As long as our team just follows a plan and they stick to the plan than were gonna be just fine,” she said. “Our team is up for the challenge and we just need to continue to raise the bar each and every day.”

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