It’s not about how hard you fall if you get back up. Geneseo women’s field hockey proved the age-old to be statement true as the team bounced back from a difficult defeat and propelled itself to an overtime victory on Saturday Sept. 14. The Knights began their week with a matchup against No. 10 William Smith College but could not keep up with the Herons offense and fell behind early. They then rallied with two goals of their own, but in the end it wasn’t enough to overcome the Herons attack, and the team lost with a final score of 5-2.
“William Smith is one of the top teams in the country, so it’s a good game for us to play early in the season,” head coach Jess Seren said. “We learn a lot about our team and what we can focus moving forward.
“Our corners were pretty even, which shows we were competitive with them,” she said. “The difference was their ability to execute and take advantage of the opportunities they were given.”
After the loss, Seren was able to evaluate the performance and said she used the miscues as a guide for the next game.
“Going into the next game, we wanted to improve on our passing game and focus on working more as a unit in transition,” she said. “We spent a lot of time in practice after the [William Smith] game making adjustments, and the players have been working hard. Their improvement is exciting to see and be a part of.”
The Knights headed north for their next game to face St. Lawrence University. Regulation time proved to be not enough time for either team to score, with the game going into overtime 0-0. Senior Bridget McGovern was the heroine for the Knights, netting a shot only a minute after she had missed one off the post.
“I was so happy for the team that they were able to walk away with the OT win,” Seren said. “It’s definitely the best hockey we’ve played so far this season.”
The field hockey team played on Wednesday Sept. 18 against Utica College. The Knights lost 3-2. Senior Kayla DeAngelis and sophomore Sarah Malinak scored for the Knights.