Field Hockey Snaps Losing Streak
ODU Field Hockey snapped a five game skid, and earned a spot in the Big East Tournament with a 5-0 win over Providence on Senior Day.
Before the game, the team honored the five seniors they will have to say goodbye to after this season: Sarah Breen, Emily Harting, Alex Iqbal, Teisha King and Caitlin Walsh.
“This day means so much because it’s gone so fast. I still remember when I was a freshman, and because it’s such a close team they had our lockers decorated and little presents that meant well to us,” King said. “This whole team plays a part in making this day so special.”
The moment was not lost on head coach Andrew Griffiths.
“In warm up you could definitely see it in their eyes. They didn’t want it to be the last time they warmed up here,” Head Coach Andrew Griffiths said in a Monarch Media interview.
The Lady Monarchs came out strong. Harting was the first to score on a penalty stroke in the seventh minute, and Junior Casey Dolan scored an unassisted goal in the twentieth minute to put ODU up 2-0 at the half.
“It was nice to get a couple early,” Griffiths said. “But we still stressed the importance, second half, of coming out and winning it, and not taking it for granted.”
Old Dominion showed they were there to win it, continuing their dominance in the second half. Eight minutes after the break, Junior Megan Byas scored on a penalty corner, five minutes later Dolan scored her second goal of the night, and in the sixtieth minute Sophomore Danielle Grega scored the fifth and final Monarch goal off a beautiful pass from King. In the end, ODU out-shot Providence 22-4, and goalkeeper Kealsie Robles only needed one thrilling save in the final minute of play to secure the shutout.
After five straight losses the Lady Monarchs needed this win to move on to the postseason; a loss would have eliminated them from the tournament being hosted on their home field.
“We put ourselves in a difficult position,” Griffiths said. “We basically looked at it like the playoffs starting early for us.”
Despite their recent struggles, the team remains optimistic.
“We had a tough season. We went through a high, and we went through quite a low,” King said. “Now that we are secured a spot in the conference tournament we can only go up from here.”