By Kelsey Newborn
Elm Staff Writer
Victory bells rang for the second time in three days for the Shorewomen field hockey team as it posted another resounding conference victory over Swarthmore. This is the third conference win for the team this season, putting it at 3-0 and second place in the conference standings.
Although the team still has seven more conference games to play, it has put itself in “ a great position and have the momentum and selfesteem to win some big games” said junior Gussie Reilly, who assisted on one of junior Emily Trees’ two goals.
As Reilly predicted earlier in the season, Trees has been the breakout player to watch. Her two goals yesterday, one off of Reilly’s assist when she beat the Swarthmore goalkeeper one on one in the circle, as well as one off an assist from sophomore Hilary Manion, the first of her career, mark her 5th and 6th goals of the season, making her the leading scorer with Reilly close behind with four.
But Trees is not the only hockey Shorewoman heating up. Sophomore Kristen Wille scored her first goal of the year in the contest. Junior Brittany Palasik continues her solid play in the defensive end of the field with three defensive saves to bring her season total to five. Senior goalkeeper Shannon Davis made another six saves in the cage to bring her season total of saves to 31 with two games being shutouts. The team’s freshman are also getting in on the action with Shannon Denno scoring her first collegiate career goal off of an assist from Wille.
With the team playing so well, Reilly knows that the “first step to winning the rest of our games is to not get big heads. Every game from here on out is a challenge.” However, with the way the team has been connecting and with the way players have been stepping up, it looks like the hockey team is headed for great success this season.
The 5-3 Shorewomen look to take on non-conference Christopher Newport on Oct. 3 at home at 2 p.m. Come out and support the team as they look to keep their hot streak alive.