By Nico Manganiello – 1851 Contributor
Field hockey improved to a 6-3 conference record as they took down Albertus Magnus 10-0 on Wednesday afternoon at Grellier Field. The win was a real team effort as the Lasers had nine different goal scorers.
Leading the way for the Lasers with multiple points were first-year Alyson Barnes (two goals), junior Sheridan Blaha (one goal, one assist), senior Kaitlyn Duarte (two goals), and senior Grace Marc-Aurele (one goal, one assist).
The Lasers swarmed the Falcons goal early but could not find the back of the net as junior goalie Lillian Woods stood tall for the Falcons. Eight minutes into the game, junior McKensie Lennon got the Lasers going with a goal assisted by senior Claire Shepherd.
After the first score, the Lasers took off as Barnes, Blaha, and Duarte all scored in the first quarter giving the Lasers a 4-0 lead after one. The Lasers chipped in another goal in the second quarter as Marc-Aurele set up Barnes and took a 5-0 lead going into halftime.
Marc-Aurele set the tone for the Lasers in the second half, scoring a gritty goal in front of the net, battling past a defender, and knocking the ball by Woods to put the Lasers up 6-0. Sophomore Lilly Stark, first-year Caitlyn Smith, junior Mya Maxim, and Barnes would all add to the second half lead to close out the game.
Junior Ariana Martin had the best chance of the game for the Falcons off a breakaway but was robbed by Laser first-year goaltender Courtney Tello. Tello finished the shutout with three saves.
After the game, Marc-Aurele praised the team’s passing, work ethic, and communication. “The biggest key was our communication, being vocal, connecting with our teammates, and hitting all those passes.”
The win moves the Lasers into fifth place in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference with two games remaining before the playoffs and keeps alive their chances of hosting a home playoff game in round one at Grellier Field.