Field Hockey eyeing road to Centennial Conference tournament

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The Muhlenberg Women’s Field Hockey squad continues to thrive in conference play. Over the last two weeks, they have faced five different conference opponents. Out of those five games, three of them resulted in victory.

On Sept. 22, the Mules traveled to Carlisle, Pa to take on the Dickinson Field Hockey team. This game finished with a score of 2-1 in Muhlenberg’s favor. The first goal of the game was scored by Steph Rydgren ‘19, and assisted by Emily Davis ‘19. The Red Devil’s matched the Mules at 1 score a piece, pushing the game into a shootout. The shootout was won by the Mules, as Rydgren again pushed the Mules to victory. Approximately a week and a half later, the Mules traveled to Bryn Mawr, leaving with another 2-1 victory. Key goals were scored by Jordyn Kamis ‘21 (assisted by Rachel Richards ‘21) and Jessica Oxer ‘21 to push the Mules past the Owls.

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Later that week, the Mules hosted Johns Hopkins University, where things did not turn out the way they would have liked. The Mules were handed a 5-2 loss by the Blue Jays. The Mules struck first, scoring a goal in the first five minutes of the game. But Hopkins ended up being too much, scoring all five of their goals within a 45 minute span.

After this troublesome defeat, on Oct. 10, the Mules tried to turn things around against powerhouse Centennial Conference opponent, Ursinus. Unfortunately, they were unable to do so, being handed another tough 4-1 loss against the Bears. However, the tides turned during the following Saturday’s matchup against Gettysburg. The Mules traveled to Gettysburg, and ended up leaving with a 1-0 victory. Their only goal was a heavily con- tested shot by senior, Steph Rydgren (assisted by Megan Webber).

There are many reasons to be optimistic about the rest of the season for the Muhlenberg Women’s Field Hockey Squad. The team currently sits at a 5-2 Centennial Conference record, sitting at fourth in the conference. They are currently behind (1) Johns Hopkins (7-0), (2) Franklin & Marshall (7-1), and (3) Ursinus (6-1). “The team is starting to pick it up and we’re working harder. It’s been a collective effort and we’re getting serious.” said Jordan Segrave ‘20.

They are currently one game up on Washington College in the standings, finishing conference play against them on Oct. 27. This will be a key matchup for the Mules, but between the likely playoff seed deciding match the Mules will play McDaniel and Swarthmore who are both currently tied for last and second to last respectively.

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