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Strong Start for Field Hockey

Heather Norris

In the first two games of the season, the C.W. Post field hockey team has already posted two major marks. September 8th’s 7-0 victory over the Southern Connecticut State University Owls earned head coach Raenee Savin her 70th victory, bumping her to the winningest coach in program history, and saw graduate student Bethany Semlear score a career-high four goals to lead the Pioneers to victory in their first game of the season.

The Pioneers took control of the away game early on with a goal by senior midfielder Helene Bruckner just over five minutes into play. Bruckner’s goal was followed closely by two more C.W. Post goals, both scored by Semlear and assisted by senior forward Kathryn Godshalk, to give the Pioneers a 3-0 lead at the 10 minute mark. The Owls struggled to cross the 50-yard line as C.W. Post’s quick passing rendered the SCSU defense obsolete. A 5-0 lead at the half turned into 7-0 by the end of regulation time, and the Pioneers walked away with a 1-0 record.

Saturday’s home opener against Franklin Pierce proved more challenging for the team. The Pioneers struggled with their passing and receiving in the first half, falling behind on the board 0-1 in the 22nd minute of play. The deficit didn’t last long, however. Before the end of the half, sophomore midfielder Carlee Dragon netted a goal off a Godshalk assist on a penalty corner to even the score at 1-1 going into the half.

The second half was a different game for the Pioneers, as the kinks they saw in the first half seemed to smooth out in the final 35 minutes. While most of the period remained scoreless, C.W. Post dominated the play, rarely allowing the ball into their defensive end. Helene Bruckner’s 58th minute goal sealed the win for the Pioneers, raising the team’s record to 2-0.

The C.W. Post field hockey team began conference play Tuesday at home against East Stroudsburg University. They will attempt to carry their success into a two-game away trip this weekend, September 15th-17th,where they will face Shippensburg University on Friday and Mansfield University on Saturday.

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