Field hockey splits games against Stockton, Kean

The Ramapo College field hockey team split two games this week, defeating Stockton University on Saturday and falling to No. 11 Kean University on Tuesday. The Roadrunners now stand at 10-4 on the season, but their 2-2 record in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) places them fifth in their division. 

Ramapo’s victory at Stockton was a tight one, with freshman midfielder Allison Tanasy netting the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute of action, resulting in a 2-1 final score. The Roadrunners fell behind early after Stockton’s Alexandria Palumbo scored in the seventh minute of the first quarter, which would end up being the only goal for either team in the first half.

Senior forward Katie Yarussi tied the game in the final minute of the third quarter on an unassisted goal, her third of the season. The only assist of the game came from fifth-year forward and captain Mariah Tovar, helping Tanasy score the game winner.

Ramapo was outshot 8-1 in the first half and 15-10 in the game, including being outshot 7-5 on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Michelle Kukan recorded six saves while Stockton goalkeeper Kylie Mitchell recorded two saves. 

“I think [the win] showed how much heart we have here,” said senior defenseman Clare Nugent. “We proved even when we are down not to count us out. It was a team victory and we are excited to continue in the NJAC,” she continued.

The Roadrunners failed to pass their biggest test of the season thus far with their 4-1 loss to Kean University at home on Saturday. Kean scored early in the first quarter off a goal from Peyton Mann, then twice more in the second quarter with goals from Morgan Stump and Kelsey Corbett, leading to a 3-0 halftime lead. 

Ramapo scored nine minutes into the third quarter, once again from Tanasy off a shovel pass from Yarussi. Tanasy is now second on the team in goals with six, trailing senior Victoria Docherty who has seven on the year. 

Unfortunately, Tanasy’s goal would be the lone score of the day for Ramapo as Corbett scored her second goal of the game in the fourth quarter for Kean, sealing the victory for the Cougars. Kean was able to outshoot Ramapo heavily, including 13-3 in the first half and 24-13 throughout the entire match.

Kean goalkeeper Jenna Flemings played 46 minutes in net, recording four saves and did not allow a goal, while Belly Reynoso played the remaining 14 minutes and allowed Ramapo’s lone score. Kukan played the entire game for the Roadrunners, tallying 10 saves. The four goals allowed were the most Ramapo has allowed in a game this season. 

Ramapo only has three games remaining in the regular season, and their next matchup comes at home on Saturday against The College of New Jersey, where the team will also host.

Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics