Field Hockey Falls 2-1 To Rider

Colleen McAninley (credit Steve McLaughln) scored in the Pioneers game versus Rider
Colleen McAninley (credit Steve McLaughln) scored in the Pioneers game versus Rider

The Sacred Heart University field hockey team dropped its home finale, 2-1, to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foe, Rider University, Friday night at Johnson Field. The Pioneers fall to 8-10 overall and 2-3 in league play, while the Broncs improve to 11-6 on the season and 4-1 in conference play.

SHU controlled play for large portions of the opening half, but were unable to break through. Rider scored in the 26thminute to take a 1-0 lead into the intermission. The Broncs struck again early in the second-half, to secure the victory.

Hailey Power made a save in 50:11 of action for SHU in taking the loss. Emily Degennaro started and made three saves for SHU in 17:12. Lena Vandam made nine saves for Rider in a winning effort.

The Pioneers wrap up the regular season on Sunday, when they travel to Columbia for a 2 p.m. match.

First Half

  • Rider broke through in the 26thminute, as Tess van Ommeren fed a ball across the front of the crease and Jade Freeberg snuck it home between the goalkeeper and the opposite post
  • The Pioneers recorded five corners in the opening half, 5-2, as both teams finished with eight shots

Second Half

  • Rider took a 2-0 advantage on a Marion Waterkeyn goal at 42:58, from a van Ommeren pass
  • SHU cut the deficit in half with 5:30 to play, when Emily Alexis fed Colleen McAninley
  • The Pioneers held a 4-1 corner advantage in the second half as well
  • Brittany Romanczuk kept Rider in the lead with back-to-back defensive saves in the second half

Noteworthy

  • The Pioneers finish the MAAC regular season at 2-3 and are the fourth-seed in next weekend's MAAC Tournament
  • SHU will face regular season champion Monmouth at 2 p.m., Friday, November 2, in West Long Branch, N.J.