Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Season Update: Field Hockey

The Syracuse University Field Hockey team started off its season with three wins and two losses. The girls are ranked fifth in the country and the only two losses came to North Carolina and Old Dominion, the number one and two teams in the country. The marquee win for the Orange came in early september against Wake Forest, who was ranked 11th at the time.

Both losses for the Orange have been very tough, each just by one goal. Against UNC, with just seven minutes left, the Tar Heels scored a goal to go up 3-2 and they would hold on for the victory. However, Syracuse was outshot 22-3 in the game. The team relied on its goalkeeper Leann Stiver to carry them through the contest.

Against ODU, the Orange found themselves behind early. The Lady Monarchs went up 2-0 in the first seven minutes of the game. Those two goals were the only they would score as the Orange turned on the defense and shut down ODU for the remainder of the game. Unfortunately, the Orange could only grab one goal themselves.

While the record may not look incredible, the field hockey team has had an outstanding first few games. They've definitely earned the number five ranking.

The Orange will open up Big East Conference play on Friday, September 16th at 5 P.M. Go check out the national powerhouse against Rutgers at J.S. Coyne Stadium.

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