By Michael Otero
After back-to-back hard fought victories to open up the season, the field hockey team fell short against Pace University on Wednesday, Sept. 16, in a dramatic double-overtime game.
With the match even at one in the second half, freshman forward, Molly Cunha, found the back of the cage off a cross from fellow freshman forward, Emily Miller, to give the Pioneers the 2-1 advantage.
Less than four minutes later though, freshman midfielder, Jane Kasparian, tied the game at two off a redirection in front of the Pioneer goal.
In the 93rd minute, sophomore forward, Margaret Maclean, broke the tie and the hearts of the Pioneers with the walk-off goal. The loss was the first of the season for LIU.
The Green and Gold returned home on Saturday, Sept. 19, and welcomed Merrimack College to Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium. The Pioneers got the scoring started in the 28th minute when sophomore defender, Grace Ilias, beat the keeper and broke the scoreless tie.
The Pioneers tacked on another late goal, which doubled their lead and gave them the 2-0 victory, and in the process, junior goal keeper Savanah Cummings recorded her first shutout of the season.
Head Coach Raenee Savin and her squad play their next game today in enemy territory against Assumption College at 4 p.m.