Field hockey takes two losses against SUNY and FDUF

The Ramapo College field hockey team registered their fifth and sixth losses of the season, falling 2-1 against SUNY Oneonta on Saturday and 1-0 against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham (FDUF) on Wednesday. The two losses put them at a 2-6 record on the season, but they have yet to play in a New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game. 

On Saturday, it was a close game between the Roadrunners and the Red Dragons for most of the 60 minutes. Junior goalkeeper Michelle Kukan saved 11 of 13 shots on the goal that came her way, good for a 0.818 save percentage. The Roadrunners tallied six shots on goal, with Oneonta goalkeeper Maura Leib saving five.

The first goal for Oneonta came just one minute into the game from senior midfielder Carly O’Connor, assisted by junior forward Emilia Montgomery. 

Ramapo balanced out the score in the 19th minute when junior forward Morgan Trotter scored her second goal of the season with an assist from sophomore forward Ana Plaia. The game against Oneonta was Trotter’s strongest performance yet, earning her season-highs of four shots and two shots on goal. She is currently tied for the team lead in both points and goals. 

Kukan kept the Red Dragons out of the goal and the game remained tied for the duration of the third and fourth periods. The game-winning goal came in the 57th minute from Montgomery with an assist from forward Morgan Fleming. 

On Wednesday night, the Roadrunners were able to push the game into overtime against the Devils, but eventually let through the game winning goal from defender Morgan Keller.

Both goalkeepers, Kukan for Ramapo and Emily Schlessinger for FDUH, played phenomenally in net for their respective teams. In 65 minutes of action, Kukan allowed just the one goal while recording three saves, while Schlessinger recorded a shutout while tallying five saves.

Ramapo had chances throughout the game, outshooting FDUH 9-8 in total, but the outstanding defense from the Devils proved to be too much for the Roadrunners.

Ramapo is the only team remaining in the NJAC conference yet to play an inter-conference match, so there is still plenty of time for the team to make a push for the playoffs. The team will play their final two non-conference games of the season this weekend when they take to the field on Friday against Cedar Crest College at 7 p.m., and Keystone College on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Featured photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics