By Alyssa Gehris, Staff Writer
Susquehanna’s field hockey team gave up a 3-1 loss against conference foe and rival Elizabethtown on Saturday at Sassafrass Field in Selinsgrove.
The game got off to a late start with a two hour delay of game due to referee scheduling problems.
Before the delay of game, Susquehanna honored their five senior players Jordan Berkepile, Julia Hasircoglu, Abbey Kemble, Courtney Purnell and Cayla Spatz as a part of their senior day activities.
Scoring for the game started late with Elizabethtown’s senior midfielder Megan Eppley scoring with a minute and thirty seconds left in the first half of the game.
Elizabethtown’s senior midfielder Emma Christman then brought the team to a 2-0 lead with her goal around 56 minutes into the game.
Susquehanna fought back quickly with a goal by sophomore forward Heather Casey only 44 seconds after Elizabethtown scored their second goal. Sophomore forward Hunter Pitman had the assist on the play. Pitman also led the River Hawks in shots on the day with five.
The Blue Jays scored their third goal and the final goal of the game in the 68th minute. A penalty corner gave Elizabethtown sophomore forward Madison Kubik the opportunity to complete their victory with this final goal.
Elizabethtown put up 19 shots on goal with Susquehanna sophomore goalkeeper Emily Digaetano having six credited saves on the day.
Also credited with defensive saves were Susquehanna’s senior defense Abbey Kemble, sophomore defense Ciara Middleton and sophomore defense Tess Omlor.
Susquehanna put up seven shots on goal with Elizabethtown junior goalkeeper Margo Donlin having a total of five saves on the day.
Both teams were close with fouls being 24-21 Elizabethtown and penalty corners 5-2 in favor of Elizabethtown.
Susquehanna now has a standing of 8-8 with 2 wins in the Landmark Conference.
The loss snapped the River Hawks short two-game winning streak, where they beat Drew and Randolph-Macon.
The River Hawks will play their final game of the regular season at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Moravian College. The Moravian greyhounds come into the game with a 2-15 record (1-5 Landmark).
Moravian started out the season rough with eight of their first nine games being a loss. Their only bright spot was a 12-0 win over Sweet Briar (Va.) College.
Their only win in conference play this season was a 2-0 win over Drew College on Sept. 30, and are coming into the game off of a 3-0 loss against Juniata College. Since that win against Drew, the Greyhounds have lost seven- straight games with a goal differential of 33-1. They are second to last in the Conference.