Missed offensive chances, early deficit lead field hockey to defeat against Kean

It only took 17 seconds for Kean University to close the deal on the Oswego State field hockey team. But for those that were in attendance it seemed as though squandered opportunities plagued the Lakers through much of the contest, as they lost 3-0 against a strong Kean team.

The Lakers continued their offensive pressure from their win over Brockport, but couldn’t finish when the ball was deep in the opposing zone. After the opening goal, Oswego State kept Kean from scoring for another 45 minutes before Amie Hoch scored Kean’s second of the game.

Early in the first half the Lakers had a big opportunity to tie the score at 1-1 on a penalty stroke, but Amy Carey’s shot was stopped on a brilliant diving save by the Cougars’ netminder, Lauren Dobbs.

In the loss, the Lakers took 11 shots on net, including ten in the first half. The offensive pressure was a constant theme in the first half, but led to no results.

The Lakers had some trouble regaining that offensive pressure in the second half. Two quick goals only three minutes apart at the start of the second half shifted all the momentum toward a charging Kean side. Oswego State standout forward Kelly Collins was shut down for the game, failing to register a shot. Most of the opportunities came from junior Brittany Roetzer, who had three shots, two of them on goal. Laker goalie Jamie Scharfe had seven saves, six in the second half when the defense was on its heels.

"We dominated the first half; unfortunately it just didn’t go our way today," coach Brandi Ostrander said.

The Lakers knew that goals would be hard to come by. Kean came into the game having allowed just four goals in seven contests.

"Kean is very skilled, and I feel like we played well against a good team," Coach Ostrander said. "We just started slow in the second half."

The Lakers fall to 2-5 overall and 0-1 in conference play as they get set for a grueling three-game conference road trip.