By Jada Butler & Rakwan Hedgemond
News Editor & Staff Writer
The field hockey team made it to the postseason with their second- straight NE 10 championship title under their belts. On Sunday, Nov. 5, the Pioneers gained a 4-1 victory over the Assumption College Greyhounds on Sunday, at home on Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium. This championship win set their record to 18 wins and 3 losses.
First goal was made by Sammy Bell in the second minute of the game, scoring after an assist from Emilia Herran. The second goal was a penalty stroke from Kaycee Zelkovsky in the fourth.
The Pioneers secured their lead, making the score 3-0 in the 27th minute with a hard powered strike at the cage by Arantxa Rosainz-Caloca. The Greyhounds attempted to catch up in the second half, one shot bringing the score 3-1. Yet the Pioneers regained a three-point lead thanks to Alyssa LoPresti. Now 4-1, the Pioneers ended with the NE 10 Championship title in their hands.
This win followed after the Pioneers win at Grapple Stadium in Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday, Nov. 3, where they took on the Saint Anselm College. The Pioneers trailed by one at the end of the first half, but they fought strong and sent the game to overtime at 2-2.
LoPresti scored the two goals during regulation, and Emily Miller scored the game winning goal to eliminate Saint Anselm.
The Pioneers also saw a win Tuesday, Oct. 31, where they dominated Merrimack College, winning the game 9 to 3. The score cut close in the first half at 3-2, Pioneers with the lead. LoPresti, Miller, and Zelkovsky were the three scorers for the first half. However, in the second half, the Pioneers ran ahead with the lead. Merrimack College was held to one goal in the second half, while the Pioneers scored six more times.
Miller started the second half strong, scoring her second goal within the first two minutes. She went on to score four more consecutive goals for the Pioneers, finishing with a total of six to end the game 9-3. The team is now ranked #1 going into the national tournament, and have a buy for the quarter finals. They are going straight to the semi finals in Kentucky on Friday, Nov. 17.