FH: Late rally falls short, 3-2

Kirsten Peters, Staff Writer

On Nov. 1, the Wilkes University Lady Colonels took on the Misericordia Lady Cougars in a Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom semifinal field hockey game at Misericordia University.

At the beginning of halftime, the Lady Cougars had a 2-0 lead.

A long pass from senior Haley Gayoski at the top of the circle allowed senior Marissa Surdy to take a backhand shot 2:38 into the second half of the game for her tenth goal of the season. This left Surdy with 51 career goals, tying her with Kim Kaskel’s 1992-95 total for the school record. In addition to tying the school record for career goals, Surdy finished her career with 45 assists and 147 points.

In the 44th minute, the Lady Cougars were able to regain their two goal lead, scoring another goal to bring their lead to 3-1.

At 64:08, Gayoski scored the Lady Colonels second goal of the game. A screen set by senior Megan Kane on the Lady Cougars’ goalkeeper allowed Gayoski to steal the ball near midfield and stickhandle around three defenders to shoot the ball.

With four minutes left in the game, the Lady Colonels earned two penalty corners back to back, but were unsuccessful to score the tying goal.

This is the fifth straight season the Lady Colonels were in the MAC Freedom Tournament and finished the season with an 8-10 record overall, while the Lady Cougars moved onto 11-8 for the season.

According to freshman left forward Ali Dunn, who is the top scorer on the team for the Lady Colonels’ freshmen, reflected on the season, stating, “We had a rough patch when it came to our conference games, but we knew we had to give everything we had to be seeded for playoffs. We pushed through and were on a winning streak. We ended up qualifying for playoffs with the third seed.

“Even though things didn’t go our way in the first round of playoffs, I’ve never played with a team that was so devoted and determined for this game.”