By Karissa Gaughan – Digital Sports Editor
Coming off of a strong home GNAC win against Elms, with a final 9-0, field hockey came out strong against Salve Regina in their second home matchup Tuesday ending in a loss of 0-4.
Senior Sheridan Blaha was named Player of the Week the day before Tuesday’s matchup by the Great Northeastern Athletic Conference.
Salve Regina senior goalie Casey Febus had two great saves before the 4-minute mark in the first quarter against a strong offense from the Lasers.
At 4:05, a green card was called on Salve Regina junior Shannon Kennedy, who was suspended for two minutes. The Lasers were unsuccessful on the power play as the first period ended 0-0.
Despite great efforts from both teams, the Lasers and Seahawks couldn’t score in the second period. Kennedy received a yellow card eight minutes in, but that was the only action seen in the second quarter. In the remaining minutes leading up to halftime, the Lasers held a strong line of defense impenetrable to Salve Regina’s aggressive offense.
Starting the second half still 0-0, both teams proved a decent matchup against each other. Both teams were picked 5th in their respective conference preseason polls.
With 2:55 left in the third period, Kennedy scored against the Lasers’ defense, putting Salve Regina up 0-1 going into the last period of the game.
At 9:35 in the fourth, Salve Regina scored their second goal coming from freshman Georgia Costello. Not a minute later, Costello scored again. With three minutes left in the game, Costello found the back of the goal for a third time that period to end the matchup 0-4, Salve Regina taking the win.
Lasers’ goalie sophomore Courtney Tello had 24 saves on goal, while Salve Regina goalie Febus had 10.
“It was a tough game. We were dominating in the first half, and it felt good,” said junior midfielder Lisa Ortiz. “I’d say our first three quarters felt evenly matched, but it was clear we were tired in the fourth quarter and making simple mistakes Salve capitalized on. But that was definitely a game we could’ve won.”
Continuing to lead into their next matchup with confidence, field hockey will be away this Saturday against Albertus Magnus in New Haven, CT. The Lasers’ next game at Grellier Field will be Tuesday the 20th against Nichols College at 5:00 PM.