Field hockey parts with seniors, falls to Catholic

BY KEVIN JONES – ASST. SPORTS EDITOR

Susquehanna’s field hockey team lost 3-2 to Catholic on Oct. 24.

The game honored seven Susquehanna seniors who will graduate in the spring: midfielder Taylor Secor, fullbacks Emily Reich and Taylor Snavely, forwards Erin Bonafede, Allison Caufield, Katherine Millet and goalkeeper Alyssa Rothman.

Rothman said she did not feel pressure because it was her senior game, but for another reason.

“We had a lot of weight on our shoulders because we needed a win to reach the semi-finals. The loss was devastating knowing we put a lot of work into the season,” Rothman said.

Susquehanna assistant coach Allison Fordyce disagreed with Rothman and felt that senior day gave the game more meaning to the team.

“There’s definitely a lot of emotion regarding a senior game,” Fordyce said. “It is the last time the team plays at home together.”

Susquehanna did a good job keeping Catholic off the board until the 12:53 mark when Cardinal forward Haley Wright scored a goal off a corner thanks to an assist from Marissa Martinelli.

After Catholic’s goal, Susquehanna’s offense stepped up. The Crusaders tied the game at the 20:29 mark with a goal from sophomore forward Cayla Spatz with an assist from junior midfielder Lauren Cram.

They quickly struck again with a goal at the 27:50 thanks to freshman midfielder Taylor Franco and an assist from junior back fielder Tessa Woodring giving Susquehanna a 2-1 lead.

The game fell apart in the second half of the game for Susquehanna.

At the 54:48 mark, Catholic tied the game at two, courtesy of an unassisted goal from Martinelli.  Catholic took the lead in the game at the 62:39 mark with an unassisted goal from freshman forward Hannah Schied.

Rothman said that the worst part of the game was that they were leading for the majority of the game and could not hold on for the win. As a senior, she spoke about some of her favorite memories as a player at Susquehanna, as well as what she will miss about the team.

“I will remember celebrating the victories and how far we have actually come,” Rothman said. “I will miss our team dynamic. We were hard-working and took the game seriously, but we had a lot of fun as well.”

Rothman also said that she would miss the coaches who work hard every day to make the team better.

Fordyce said that she feels that the team can recover from losing seven seniors at the end of the year.

“It will be a big transition, but we are recruiting well and have a strong group of underclassmen,” Fordyce said.

Even though the team did not achieve their goal of reaching the playoffs, Fordyce stated that the team had a lot of success this year. Fordyce said that the team did all they could to come together and play hard as a team.

Susquehanna will finish their season on the road against Goucher on Oct. 31 at 1:00 pm.