Winning is good. Win streaks are better.
Just ask the women’s field hockey team, who after two wins this past weekend, are winners of their last 7.
The first win came against the number 2 team in the North Coast Athletic Conference, the Wooster Fighting Scots. Looking to stay undefeated and extend their lead in the NCAC, The Big Red came out firing on all cylinders, scoring three goals in the first half.
Getting the scoring started was Alyssa Bahel ‘19. After receiving a pass into the shooting circle from Maya Tumiwa ‘22, Bahel had her back to the goalie, but was able to send the ball into the back of the net.
The second goal followed in quick succession and came off of a penalty corner. After the ball was sent in by Abby Scully ‘21, Lucy Pearsall ‘19 fired a rocket into the bottom left corner to put the Big Red upt 2-0.
Usually we save buzzer beaters for basketball season, but the field hockey team might force us to reconsider that. The third goal happened just before the halftime buzzer, and came off of another penalty corner. Pearsall sent a shot on a similar play that led to the first goal, but it was deflected near the net by Rachel Kelsey ‘22.
While no goals came in the second half, the dominance continued for the Big Red in what was a strong defensive showing. Wooster came into the game averaging over four goals per game, but managed just three shots on goal in their two games against Denison.
According defender Caroline Little ‘22, a major part of Denison’s back line, trust has guided Denison on the defensive end.
“Our defensive unit this year has worked really hard to always be on the same page, working together and taking it one game at a time. It easy to play good team defense when you trust everyone around you to do their jobs.” Little said.
The defense showcased their talent the next day as well, keeping Oberlin scoreless in a 5-0 win.
On the scoresheet, goals by Scully and Tumiwa got the Big Red started quickly, as both were in the first 18 minutes of play. Tumiwa later added a second goal, giving both her and Scully four on the season.
Later goals came from Pearsall, her sixth of the year, along with E Bistrian ‘22. The goal was Bistrian’s first of her collegiate career.
As the season winds down, Little acknowledges the important role the seniors have played.
“We couldn’t ask for a better senior class. They lead by example and show all the underclassmen how to conduct themselves on and off the field. Lucy, VA, Kat and Alyssa are amazing leaders and motivate us to be the best we can every day at practice,” Little said.
Looking ahead, the team is just going one game at a time rather than looking towards the Tournament.
“We are just focused on the next game ahead of us in the schedule. It not necessarily about winning every game but playing our best field hockey every time we play. We know every team going forward is going to have their best game so it’s important that we focus on our fundamentals and continue to grow together. “
Catch the field hockey team back in action when they take on Wittenberg on Tuesday, October 16 at 4:30 on Deeds Field.