Women’s field hockey wins 7-1 against Notre Dame of Maryland

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The lady Cavaliers stand at 7-6 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Photo by Paige Wagner/Photo for Pub

Women’s field hockey brought home the win over Notre Dame of Maryland University on Tues- day, Oct. 6.

The game evened the lady Cavaliers’ record at 5-5 as they dominated the visiting Notre Dame of Maryland University Gators, 7-1. This was a game packed with career firsts, assists and saves showing only dedica- tion to win.

The ladies took control right from the start. They outshot the Gators 13-2 within the first 35 minutes of the game.

Tiffany Phillips, senior forward, gave Alex Swallow, sophomore forward, a center ing pass to score the first goal. Kylie McDevitt, junior defender, scored her first goal of the season with a penalty corner from Meghan Loughman, senior midfielder.

This game was a career high for Loughman when she scored five points on two goals and an assist.

“We were executing our pass- ing and communication skills really well and we have been working on scoring a lot in practice lately, so I applied what I’ve been working on into the game,” Loughman said.

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No. 23, Kylie McDevitt, junior defender scored her first goal of the season. Photo by Paige Wagner

Taylor Mack, junior forward, was back on the field full force from her injury that caused her to sit out of the last few games. She paired a goal and an assist while fellow teammates, Dan- nielle Palatano, senior midfielder and Swallow also recorded two assists each.

The lady Cavaliers carried their five goal momentum into the second half until a penalty stroke by Meghan Morales for the Gators, freshman, gave Notre Dame of Maryland their one and only goal.

This was no match for the Cavaliers as Loughman quickly got her second tally of the game five minutes later.

“I was excited about my goals but I was also happy for the whole team because we all played really well,” Loughman said.

Taylor Bookman, sophomore goaltender, had a record of four saves in the game against the Gators. She then was named to the CSAC honor roll along with Phillips.

“It’s very exciting to be named for the CSAC honor roll. It’s always a good feeling to know you’re doing a good job and not letting your team down,” Book- man said. “I wouldn’t be given honor roll if it wasn’t for all of our coaches that push us to work hard every day.”

Bookman also said that what contributes to their success is the great connection each team member has with one another.

“The amount of support and energy we have at practice is what helps us get good results at games,” Bookman said. “Our great communication on the field helps me a lot when it comes to having to save the ball.”

As the end of the game neared, tensions were high and so was the morale of the women’s field hockey team.

Maddy Worley, sophomore forward, scored her first career goal in the 57th minute of the game.

“Finally tallying a goal was a heavy weight off my shoulders,” Worley said.

She and her fellow teammates ended the match with a solid lead and confidence to win the next game.

“Our passing and connecting on the field definitely helped us win the game,” Worley said. “We are really starting to click and it’s nice to see a lot of different people scoring.”

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