Courtesy of Susquehanna Athletic Communications
Emily DiGaetano made five saves while Vivian Simone, AJ Smith and Hunter Pitman all registered two shots but the Susquehanna University Field Hockey team fell by a score of 1-0 to FDU-Florham in the first round of the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament Wednesday afternoon in Madison, New Jersey.
The River Hawks (11-9) were able to recover from a slow start, as a defensive save and a save by DiGaetano helped keep the score knotted up at zero before the team settled in and applied pressure to the Devils (18-4).
Starting in the 13th minute of action, Susquehanna took three penalty corners in a span of five minutes to switch momentum.
Jenni Sabbak fired the first shot of the afternoon on a real goal scoring chance, but FDU was able to make the save. That was the only shot of the half for the River Hawks, but the team was able to take many more shots in the final 35 minutes of action.
With the score still tied in the second half, the River Hawks were the ones to get off to a hot start, as Simone and Smith each fired shots in the first seven minutes.
Katie Koch also registered a shot before two green cards were given to Susquehanna in a span of four minutes, causing possession to be taken over by FDU for a small stretch of time.
In that time, the Devils were able to put away a shot after a penalty corner and take the lead in the 47th minute.
The River Hawks would not go down without a fight and took eight total shots in the second half.
Smith had a shot saved and Pitman fired a shot in the final moments of the contest that was also saved and the team dropped a close game 1-0.
Despite the loss, the Susquehanna University Field Hockey reached new heights this fall, capturing a Landmark Conference Championship for the first time in program history. The team looks to build off its successful season as it looks forward to the 2019 season.