Field hockey bounces back to record pair of victories

Cara Basile, Correspondent

With two back-to-back wins, the Wilkes women’s field hockey team looks to move forward.

The team got off to a slightly rocky start, but bounced back after defeating Widener University 3-2 and Juniata College 2-1 this past week.

Coach Mollie Reichard is confident in her team to reaching the goals set at the beginning of the season. One way to keep this confidence up is rallying the players after facing a loss.

“We’ve won our last two games, and they’ve had a complete change in their execution and their intensity levels and their urgency when playing,” Reichard said.

Reichard also complimented her players on their efforts to get better. She said communication helps the team get insight from one and another to improve themselves as individuals and a whole.

“They’ve done a really good job at taking our team discussions and then having a little discussion themselves and figuring things out amongst themselves and then bringing it to the field,” Reichard said.

The team will take on upcoming conference games such as Manhattenville College on Sept. 28 at Schmidt Stadium. They will also travel and face Fairleigh Dickinson-College at Florham on Oct. 4 and Eastern University on Oct. 12.

To prepare for the games the team works at attacking its opponent’s weakness.

“It’s a combination of working on things for the opponent and then also continuing to work on our weaknesses to try and make them strong, so that way we can be more productive in a game,” Reichard said.

The Lady Colonels are motivated to achieving their goals. The team is hoping to have fewer overtime games and finish 500 at the end of the season. They also want to make the MAC conference playoffs.