Ramapo field hockey team smashes wins record

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The Ramapo College field hockey team won in convincing fashion Saturday, putting up a 9-0 win over Centenary University at the Athletic Center. The Roadrunners have now improved their record to 6-1.

Coming into the day on a three-game winning streak, head coach of five years Jennifer Tafro was seeking to enter never-before-seen territory and be the first team in program history to begin the season 6-1. She did just that, and the win could not have come any easier for the head coach as Ramapo shut down Centenary for all 60 minutes of game play. 

The scoring kicked off early, as junior forward Katie Yarussi scored the first goal of the game just one minute in. This would be the start to an incredible performance for her, tallying a hat trick in the first five minutes alone. She tacked on an assist later, putting the finishing touch on an impressive game.

After the game, Yarussi shouted out her teammates for a convincing win, saying, “These ladies are my best friends and together we have become a force to be reckoned with this season!” Yarussi continued by saying how prepared the team is for the rest of the season. She went on to say, “I am so confident in this team this year. Us girls have worked so hard to get where we are and we are going to be huge competitors.”

Yarussi was one of seven different Roadrunners who showed their spirit tallying goals in this blowout. This explosion of scoring included sophomore defenseman Chloe Heller and freshman forward Dylan Ghimiray, who both scored their first career collegiate goals.

At the end of the first half Ramapo led 9-0, including additional goals from Angela Oskierko, Maggie Farrell, Talitha Joustra and Victoria Docherty. This score would stand to the final.

In total, the Roadrunners registered a staggering 23 shots Saturday, with 18 of them counting as shots on goal. Centenary goalie Jenyfer Pereira could only save nine of them, resulting in the nine goals.

Ramapo dominated on either side of the field this game. If the offense could be considered the star of the show, the defense was the brilliant backup vocals. Centenary could not register a single shot on goal through all four periods. Splitting the duties in net, goalies Michelle Kukan and Sam Conrad had a very easy day at the office, leading to the Roadrunners’ fourth shutout of the season.

The game was dominated by Ramapo from the very beginning, and there was no looking back. Their latest victory will undoubtedly draw high expectations from fans for the rest of the season. The Roadrunners will next play Saturday, September 25, travelling to Immaculata, PA to face Immaculata University at 1 p.m.