Field hockey scores win and shutout as playoffs approach

Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics.

It was another week of ups and downs for the Ramapo College field hockey team as the Roadrunners beat William Paterson University with a score of 4-2 on Tuesday, October 19, but were shut out 2- 0 by the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ on Saturday, October 23.

In Tuesday’s game, Ramapo’s Emily Ricciardi and Angela Oskierko each scored one goal, and senior Talitha Joustra was able to score twice. Ramapo managed to dominate possession time in this one, passing WPU 25-4 and owning the penalty corners 21-3. WPU managed to score two goals thanks to Kristin Fresa-Papa and Louise Nastasi, but it was not enough as Ramapo claimed his third New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) victory of the season.

Both teams received more penalties than usual, with defender Tori Waschek and forward Victoria Docherty each receiving a green card and William Paterson’s Megan Hoopes and Kristin Fresa-Papa each receiving yellow cards. “It was a pretty crazy game, but we came out strong right away and fought together as a team until the very last second,” said Joustra.

Joustra’s performance earned forward NJAC the honors of Offensive Player of the Week, joining Victoria Docherty as the only Roadrunners to receive the award this season.

Ramapo’s good fortune came to an end on Saturday when the Roadrunners were kicked out at TCNJ. Sophie Popp and Mia Lanzilotta of the Lions each scored in the second and third periods respectively, giving TCNJ a playoff tiebreaker against Ramapo. The Roadrunners couldn’t generate much offense throughout the game as they were limited to just five shots in the 60 minutes of play. First-year goaltender Michelle Kukan continued her strong campaign Rookies, however, saving five of seven shots on goal she’s seen the entire game.

Although the result was not what Ramapo wanted, the team managed to secure an NJAC playoff berth for the first time in program history. On top of that, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regional field hockey rankings placed Ramapo among the top six teams in Region IV, also marking the first time in program history that the Roadrunners have had a classified team.

Before the playoffs start, Ramapo has one more game. This will be Senior Day for the Roadrunners, honoring seniors who play in their last regular season game on the team. They will host the Misericordia University Tigers at Athletic Center Turf in Mahwah, NJ on Saturday, October 30 at 1:00 p.m.

Catherine J. Martinez