By Michael Otero
After starting the season 8-0 and climbing to the no. 1 ranking in Division II, the Pioneers hit a few bumps on the road. In the midst of a three-game losing streak, for which the team was on the wrong side of consecutive one-goal deciders, the field hockey team bounced back on Saturday, Oct. 15, in a 3-0 victory against Saint Michael’s College in Vermont.
Alyssa Lopresti led the Pioneer offense by notching all three goals for the hat-trick. The first tally came just two minutes and 45 seconds into the match. The goal there set the tone and the Pioneers didn’t let up, scoring less than ten minutes later to go up 2-0.
The Pioneers outshot the Purple Knights at a 17-3 clip, and limited the opposition to one total shot in the first half. In the second half, Lopresti finished off her afternoon with a 56th minute tally to put the Pioneers up 3-0, and give the team its ninth win of the season.
Head Coach Raenee Savin and her squad return to the field on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when they travel to face Pace University. Game-time is scheduled for 4 p.m.