Field hockey looks to make a playoff run this season

Winning two out of its first three games this season, the Wilkes University women’s field hockey team is off to a solid start in their 2015 campaign. Despite losing four seniors this year, this close knit group of ladies is looking to build off their early successes in hopes of making a run in the playoffs. The Lady Colonels’ early success can be attributed to the players working out this summer to stay in shape and working hard so they would not come into the pre season out of shape and would have a leg up on their competition. In their first game of the season, the Lady Colonels captured a home win over Keystone College with a resounding 7-1 win, behind a hat trick, an assist from sophomore forward Marissa Surdy, and three assists from junior forward Taylor Ryan. After the statement win, the field hockey team traveled four days for a weekend tournament in Selinsgrove, PA, where they knocked off Susquehanna University 2-1 in overtime. However, they suffered a defeat in the championship game at the hands of Kean University with a score of 2-1. Under the leadership of junior midfielder Maura Anistranski and senior midfielder Lexi Thompson, the Lady Colonels are poised to make a deep playoff run and capture the championship rings in the MAC. With the multitude of talent that this team possesses and with the leadership and chemistry of their two captain midfielders, the Lady Colonels is a team to watch out for. This close-knit group of women has many more games remaining on the schedule, which gets more difficult as time goes on due to the conference games they will play beginning the last week of September. Check out the Lady Colonels’ next home game, which takes place on September 19th at 12:00 PM as they take on Alvernia University at Schmidt Stadium.