The Roadrunners’ field hockey team looked to end an dissapointing season on a positive note when they hosted Stockton University on the Athletic Center Turf Field on Saturday.
They won the game 2-1, which was the first time that the field hockey team won an NJAC game since Sept 25, 2012 when the Roadrunners defeated Kean University 2-1 in double overtime.
Junior captain Lauren Grosso felt that the team was overwhelmed with pride and joy after the game.
“Winning this game was indescribable,” said Grosso. “We were overwhelmed with emotions; I am so proud of my team and the way that we played because we played to our full potential and the results were in our favor; we proved to ourselves that we have more to offer than people believe, since our record has not reflected our talent. We left everything on the field and it felt so great to get a conference win.”
Sophomore forward Leah Davies put a shot past Roadrunner goalie sophomore Emily Wisneski in the fifth minute of the first half with an assist by junior forward Laura Olbrich to put the Ospreys up by one. This was Davies’ third goal of the 2015 season. Nine of Stockton’s 10 first half shots were on goal.
Stockton outshot the Roadrunners 10-3 in the first half.
The score would remain 1-0 in favor of Stockton at the half. Then, the Roadrunners would charge back in the second half with 10 offensive shots of their own.
Sophomore forward Gianna Mouskourie put a shot past Ospreys goalie Emily Sorochynskyj to tie the game 1-1 in the 47th minute of the game for her second goal of the 2015 season.
The goal was unassisted, and it helped the Roadrunners gain momentum in the remaining 23 minutes of the game. The score would remain tied until junior forward Nicole Healy scored the game winner to put the Roadrunners ahead for good.
Mouskourie felt that her game-tying goal helped the Roadrunners build even more momentum than they had earlier in the game.
“Well I think that we had momentum all throughout the game because we all wanted to win,” said Mouskourie. “But me scoring made it even higher because we had a chance. It was 1-1 and there was a possibility that we can actually win and beat them, or go into overtime and then beat them, but it helped extremely.”
With the win, the Roadrunners finish the 2015 season with a 2-14 overall record and a 1-5 record against conference opponents.
This was the Roadrunners’ most emotional game of the year, because they wanted to end a season where there was not much to cheer about on a high note.
The Roadrunners were pumped up all game long, and it clearly showed on the field since they were able to keep fighting and playing for each other as a team until the final buzzer.