Team effort leads Crusaders to win

BY SYDNEY MUSSER, ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR

Susquehanna women’s field hockey emerged triumphant in last Saturday’s game against the Scranton Royals. With a 2-1 victory, the Crusaders boosted their conference record to 1-4.
“It was a very crucial game,” senior back Nancy Heidt said. “[Scranton] were 12 and one, and we beat them. It really improved our record.”
Scranton (12-3 overall, 2-2 Landmark) took an early lead, but the Crusaders responded with two goals, to which the Royals could not retaliate. Scranton out shot Susquehanna considerably in the first half, maintaining their single point lead all the way until halftime.
“The first half was in our minds was not great. However, we completely changed our play for the second half in order to score two goals to win the game,” senior midfield Rebecca Marion said.
However, by the start of the second half, the Crusaders (8-8, 1-4) had settled on striking back.
“It was the first time we had ever been down and came back to win,” Heidt said. “We really showed some determination.”
The Crusaders’ first goal was fired by freshman forward Lauren Cram after an assist from junior forward Brodie Ercole. Following Cram’s example, fellow freshman forward Emily Novakovich landed the winning shot in the 46th minute.
The Crusaders secured their single-point lead through an impressive display of defense from senior goalkeeper Margaret Ruth, who saved a total of 15 shots for the game. Freshman back Tessa Woodring and sophomore mid/back Emily Reich both added defensive saves to the mix, keeping the Royals on their toes.
“We work together very well,” Ercole said. “Definitely this year more than other years.”
Heidt added: “We were able to this new attack strategy. Everyone just clicks well on this team.”
Susquehanna will face conference rival Goucher on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 1 p.m. with the hopes of obtaining another win.