SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Oct. 19, 2010) – Led by forwards Shara Robertson and Stephanie Slysz, the Mount Holyoke field hockey team topped New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe WPI this evening at Mount Holyoke Turf Field. With the win, the Lyons closed out their homestand with a perfect 3-0 mark. It was their fourth win in their last five outings.
Both teams went scoreless until the 24:40 mark, when junior forward Celena Dopart hopped on a loose ball at the top of the circle and placed a backhand past junior goalkeeper Katie Gibson.
Refusing to go away, Mount Holyoke responded with two unanswered goals in the second half.
The first came from Slysz in the 40th minute. After collecting the ball about 20 yards out, she dribbled into the circle and drilled a shot past first year Liz Dufresne. The forward has now recorded goals in each of the Lyons' last five matches. Over that span, she has found the back of the cage six times to bring her season total to seven.
Robertson then scored what proved to be the winner off a penalty corner set in the 66th minute. It was her team leading 12th goal of the fall. The forward has now amassed four winners this year and 11 in her outstanding career. Junior midfielder Taylor Hedges was credited with her team leading fourth assist on the play after her long pass from the right side made its way all the way to Robertson on the doorstep.
The Lyons finished with decisive edges in both shots (21-4) and penalty corners (16-1). Gibson collected two saves, while Dufresne had nine.
Over the course of the evening, donations were accepted, with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for breast cancer awareness. Fans were encouraged to wear pink and contribute to research initiatives, as the Lyons partnered with the Play 4 the Cure Foundation to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer through the "Play Pink" initiative. "Play Pink" is a nationwide, unified effort by field hockey teams to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the field, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Members of the Mount Holyoke team were sporting pink t-shirts during their pre-game warm-ups.
Both squads will resume their NEWMAC slates on Saturday. Mount Holyoke (8-5, 3-3 NEWMAC) will visit Clark University at 1:00 p.m., while WPI (4-10, 0-6 NEWMAC) will travel to Wellesley College at noon. The Lyons' final home match will be on Saturday, October 30 against Springfield College at 1:00 p.m.
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May 11, 2011 Seniors Honored at Scholar Athlete Reception
May 5, 2011 Awards Handed Out at Annual Athletics Banquet
April 14, 2011 Field Hockey Program Welcomes Sherry Webb and Aurora Rougeau
March 10, 2011 Field Hockey Earns National Academic Honors
March 3, 2011 Mount Holyoke Named a 2011 Best Value College
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November 22, 2010 Five Field Hockey Players Claim NFHCA All-Region Honors
November 15, 2010 NEWMAC Announces Fall Academic All-Conference Squads
November 10, 2010 Field Hockey Racks Up NEWMAC Postseason Accolades
November 4, 2010 Robertson Earns National Accolades
November 2, 2010 Field Hockey Falls 4-2 to Springfield in NEWMAC Quarterfinals
November 2, 2010 Field Hockey Forward Shara Robertson Claims Lyon of the Week
November 1, 2010 Field Hockey Prepares For NEWMAC Tournament
October 30, 2010 Field Hockey Rolls Past Springfield 4-1 Behind Robertson Triple
October 29, 2010 Field Hockey: Springfield at Mount Holyoke
October 28, 2010 Slysz Recognized Nationally For Second Straight Week
October 25, 2010 Slysz Claims NEWMAC Player of the Week Accolades
October 22, 2010 Slysz Earns National Recognition
October 20, 2010 South African Trip Inspires Field Hockey Team
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October 18, 2010 Field Hockey Team Set to "Play Pink"
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October 4, 2010 Field Hockey: Nichols at Mount Holyoke
October 2, 2010 Wheaton Rallies Past Field Hockey, 3-1
October 1, 2010 Field Hockey: Wheaton at Mount Holyoke
September 30, 2010 SAAC Releases 2010-11 Game of the Week Schedule
September 29, 2010 #19 Amherst Clips Field Hockey, 1-0
September 25, 2010 Wellesley Trips Up Field Hockey, 2-1
September 21, 2010 Lyon of the Week Award Goes to Shara Robertson
September 21, 2010 Pascual Pushes Field Hockey Past WNEC, 1-0
September 20, 2010 Robertson Picks Up NEWMAC Field Hockey Player of the Week Honors
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September 15, 2010 Wesleyan Slips Past Field Hockey in Overtime, 3-2
September 15, 2010 Field Hockey: Wesleyan at Mount Holyoke
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September 10, 2010 Field Hockey: Simmons at Mount Holyoke
September 5, 2010 Field Hockey: Washington at Mount Holyoke
September 5, 2010 Field Hockey Edges Washington in 2010 Opener, 1-0
August 25, 2010 Field Hockey Team Touring South Africa
August 25, 2010 2010 Fall Schedules Unveiled