By Alex Billington
The LIU Post field hockey team entered Friday’s match on the back of a hard fought 4-2 victory against Southern Connecticut State on Tuesday, Oct. 14. The trip up to Massachusetts on Friday, Oct. 17 to face Northeast-10 foes Stonehill (8-1) ended in a nailbiting 3-2 loss.
Stonehill, who sit in second place in the Ne-10 with a conference record of 3-0, got the scoring underway after 16 minutes. The Pioneers pulled one back late in the first half to ensure the contest was still up for grabs.
However, just a few minutes after the half time break, the Skyhawks put one away to regain the lead. Just as the Pioneers were beginning to look dangerous enough to pull one back, the Skyhawks struck again, putting the game further from grasp.
“At half time with the score at 1-1 we really believed we could win the game,” sophomore defender Abi Sawyer said. “We had been playing well and creating chances. I think the entire locker room shared the belief we could win.”
Throughout the entire second half, it was the Pioneers who had momentum and kept pushing forward to try and level the game up. But as time ticked on, the Pioneers squandered some big goal-scoring opportunities, which allowed Stonehill to keep hold of its two-goal lead. Despite its best efforts, LIU only managed to snatch a consolation goal in the final minute of play, which saw the game finish 3-2.
Senior forward Stephanie Ruhle scored two on the afternoon, but added this about the team’s performance: “The most frustrating thing is that we played well, we had the chances to at least tie the game, if not win it.”
The Pioneers are back in action again on Sunday, Oct. 26, when they return home to play Bentley University. Game time is set for 11 a.m.