Looking up field
By Eden Bayuk firstname.lastname@example.org
- Losing three games straight
- Finishing out the season strong
- Looking forward to the NorPac and NCAA Championships
After an eight game win streak the Liberty Flames Women’s Field Hockey team lost three straight games to top 10 NCAA ranked teams, but are still looking strong finishing out their regular season and entering the NorPac Championships.
The first of the three game loss streak came Oct. 12 to No.8 Duke University. The Flames rallied back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game in the second half. The Blue Devils scored within the last minute of the game, earning the win.
Less than a week later the Flames took on the No. 6 University of Virginia Cavaliers. The Flames came out strong only to have the Cavaliers rally together in the last 10 minutes, sending the game into overtime. With a penalty stroke early in the overtime period Virginia came out with the win. Even with this tough loss the Flames are looking up.
“I definitely think that our morale went down because we were so close to wins against Duke and UVA. Especially against UVA we got robbed, but I think it helped us learn our lesson and pushed us to be stronger for the NorPac Championship” senior forward Mercedes Cox said.
The third loss came when the Flames hosted No. 1 North Carolina, Oct. 19. While the last two losses were close games this was not the case against the Tar Heels. From the start Carolina controlled the game outshooting the Flames 11-5 and winning 0-4.
“We really didn’t get started until the second half,” junior forward Natalie Bar said. “We allowed them to dominate play in the first half and we were caught off guard. We let them dictate the play, and we didn’t actually play a hard game of hockey.”
The Lady Flames finish off their regular season taking on Pacific, Oct. 23, and Georgetown, Oct. 28. With a dominating performance the Flames beat Pacific 5-1. Tuesday, the Flames crushed Georgetown 7-0 closing out their regular season with a bang. With the NorPac Championships on the horizon the Flames are getting ready.
“This week we have been fine-tuning some things in preparation for next week” Cox said. “We definitely want to start strong and come out playing our best. We want to win the NorPac and make it past the first round of the NCAA tournament. Long term, making it to the Sweet Sixteen would be nice.”
The Lady Flames travel to Stockton, Cali., Nov. 6, for the NorPac Championships and then to the NCAA tournament the following week.
*****Interview with Mercedes Cox taken personally
*****Picture and video taken personally at the Georgetown game, Oct. 28