By Jen Mitteness
It's that time of year again: field hockey season!
This year started off great with pre-season week. We worked hard and survived three-a-days all week in 80 degree weather. Our season looked promising with seven returning seniors, on a nineteen person roster.
After the long week the team was looking forward to our first scrimmage versus Elms College, although that was only until hurricane Irene was announced and we were forced to evacuate campus for the weekend! It was safe for players to return to Eastern on Monday, despite the fact that many upperclassman living off campus were without power due to the hurricane.
Practices began once again, and we had our first home game versus Ramapo College of NJ on September 1. Without a scrimmage under our belts, we finished with a 4-1 loss. However, senior goalie Danielle Reichardt saved 32 shots, setting a Eastern field hockey program record. Additionally, senior forward Chelsie Rizzo scored her second career goal. Eastern field hockey walked off the field with our heads up, ready to push it even further next game.
Since then, we've played three additional games versus Salve Regina, Connecticut College, and the University of Southern Maine. At each game we worked very hard on positive aggressive attitudes, and team movement down the field. Unfortunately, we weren't able to win yet, but plan on coming out even stronger our next game to begin a winning season.
The next game is tomorrow September 13 against Wheelock College on the turf field. Come support the Warriors at our home field as we fight for our first win.
Throughout the season I will keep you updated on results and give you a behind the scene look on the team this year. Make sure to check back soon to hear more about Eastern Field Hockey.
Thanks for the support!