BY LAUREN BOSTON
After a mediocre start to the season, the field hockey team took a defender out of the lineup and added a cherry picker on offense.
Three consecutive wins later, the formula is working.
“Since our last lost we have been playing a more offensive lineup,” said senior Kalyn Perkins. “It’s the same move we made last season when we went on our eight or nine game winning streak. Hopefully this streak will be longer.”
With a shift in positions, the Eagles offense was in top form Tuesday, outshooting Bridgewater College 20-2 for a 5-1 win.
Junior Alison Weckstein was the first to score with 7:54 left in the half before connecting a second time less than a minute later.
“It was a good feeling going out there and scoring two goals in that time span,” she said.
The Eagles began the second half up 2-0 before Bridgewater finally got on the board with 14:06 remaining.
According to Perkins, head coach Dana Hall was unhappy with the breakdown on defense.
“Our team was playing well throughout the whole game, but after Bridgewater scored, coach called a timeout and gave us a pep talk that we needed,” she said.
“We all felt motivated and our response to her words was obvious on the field when we came back and scored three goals in a very short period of time.”
The Eagles had no saves in goal, while Bridgewater recorded 12.
Weckstein is confident her team will only progress as the season continues.
“This game was a good opportunity to see the depth of the team because almost everyone got to play in the game,” she said. “Our losses were to three fantastic teams, two of which were nationally ranked. And I believe that we held with each of those teams and had the potential to beat all three of them.”
The Eagles are 4-3 and will look to defend their streak when they host Wesley College Friday at 4:30 p.m. in CAC play.