The Oswego State women’s field hockey team earned its fourth win in five games on Tuesday when it defeated St. John Fisher College, 4-0, at Laker Field.
The Lakers improved their overall record to 6-9, and recorded their fourth shutout victory of the season.
The Lakers quickly gained momentum in the first half and kept pressure on the Cardinal defense for the majority of the frame. The Laker offense was able to register 19 shots in the first 35 minutes, while St. John Fisher only had one.
After 21 minutes of play, sophomore forward Ashley Fiorille put the Lakers on the board after receiving passes from senior captain Jess Felice and freshman midfielder Lindsey Spatola. The goal was the first of the season for Fiorille.
Less than five minutes later the Lakers struck again, with junior forward Taylor Stein redirecting a shot from senior forward Katie Mazuchowski into the goal.
Two minutes before the end of the half, Oswego State added a third goal. Senior forward Kelly Collins netted her team-leading eighth goal of the season with her sister, freshman midfielder Courtney Collins providing the assist.
The Lakers were able to keep control of the game through halftime and tallied their final goal of the game early in the second half. Felice was credited with the goal, which came off a pass from Mazuchowski.
St. John Fisher was unable to generate any steady offense in the half, but was able to prevent the Lakers from scoring a fifth goal. Oswego State had several scoring opportunities in the second half that the Cardinal defense successfully thwarted.
The Cardinals have a roster with 14 freshmen and are playing their inaugural season. St. John Fisher dropped to 1-11 overall with the loss.
Oswego State outshot the Cardinals 31-2. St. John Fisher goalkeeper Kellie Redmond finished the game with 16 saves and Laker goalkeeper Julie Janusz recorded two. Janusz, a senior also registered her fourth shutout.
Senior captain Jackie Cook said she believes that even though the team played well, they could have done better.
“We are the better team but we played down a little bit,” Cook said. “It could’ve been a little bit more intense, but we played spread out and used everything we have been working on in practice.”
Head coach Brandi Lusk said she was pleased with the effort of her players, especially after coming off a tough loss against Keystone College on Saturday.
“We didn’t play our best game (against Keystone). But today the passing was good; the communication was good on the field,” Lusk said. “We had a lead, we kept a lead, I’m very happy with that.”
The Lakers play their next game against SUNY Cortland on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Laker Field. Cortland leads the SUNYAC standings with an undefeated record of 4-0 in the conference and is 8-3 overall. The Cortland game will provide a challenge for the Lakers who currently stand in sixth place in the SUNYAC. Saturday is also Senior Day for the Lakers, who will be honoring six players.
Despite that Cortland is undefeated in conference play, Lusk said she thinks that with the right mindset the Lakers can provide a challenge for the Red Dragons.
“We definitely have to pick up the intensity to give a good game to Cortland on Friday,” Lusk said. “But the girls are finally getting to be on the same page. There are a lot of things going our way so I think it should definitely be a good game.”
Cook said she believes that the win against the Cardinals will help the team play their best against Cortland.