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The Radford University Field Hockey team had two home games over parents weekend, one against Davidson College on Oct. 14, and the other against Longwood University on Oct. 16.
The first game against Davidson was thrilling. The Highlanders had a slow start, falling behind 3-1 in just 22 minutes. However, they managed to come back and tie the game 3-3 at halftime.
Senior midfielder Courtney Poole knocked in the second goal by the Highs with a far post shot just after Davidson’s third goal. Senior midfielder Marlee Schramm then scored the game-tying goal just three minutes before the end of the first half.
In the second half, sophomore goalkeeper Sidney Encarnacion made two early, crucial saves that came off penalty corners. Schramm would then go on to score the go-ahead goal to push RU up 4-3 in the 43rd minute. Both of Schramm’s goals were assisted by senior back Lynsey Daughtrey. Daughtrey also scored a goal in the game.
The game’s last goal came off the stick of senior forward Melissa Register, who recorded who team-leading seventh goal of the season. Register’s goal came off a pass from senior forward/midfielder Madonna Wadolowski, who was awarded the assist.
Encarnacion made two more important saves in the 52nd minute to keep the Davidson Wildcats from nearing closer in the game.
The Highs recorded 26 shots to Davidson’s 13. They also had 15 corners to Davidson’s nine. Register recorded the game-high with eight shots. As Head Coach Jeff Woods explained, “We were pretty much in control of that game, but we went down. It was good to see us come back and it was a strong second half.”
The win proved to be an important Family Weekend win that elevated the Highs to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in the NorPac East Conference.
The next game of the weekend was Senior Day for the team against the Longwood Lancers. This game was the last home game of the season.
In the 20th minute of the match, LU’s Jessica Diaz knocked in the first goal of the game. Daughtrey later countered the goal with one of her own of the assist from Register.
When asked about her fifth goal of the season, Daughtrey said, “It was great to tie the game up. We were still in it at the time.”
Stacey de Grandhomme recorded LU’s eventual game-winning goal, with a penalty strike in the 38th minute. The Highs would be held scoreless in the second half of the game. The Lancers tacked on one more goal, which elevated them over RU with a 3-1 win. RU managed to obtain 10 corners throughout the game, to LU’s 8. LU recorded 13 shots to RU’s 11.
The loss drops the team to 7-8 overall and 2-3 in the conference. The Highs look to bounce back against the tough Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Wake Forest.
When asked about how they were going to bounce back from the tough Senior Day loss Coach Woods said, “The Wake game is going to be tough. We gotta go to their turf so we’re going to quickly transition from being on grass to a turf game. So, it’s going to be a challenge, and also Wake’s a good team.”
RU will close out their season with three road games before starting the Big South conference tournament.