Field Hockey off to rough start


     The women of the UVM field hockey team have gotten off to a rough start after losing their fourth consecutive game on Sept. 1. The Catamounts travelled to face the Brown University Brown Bears on their new field hockey field, but were unable to come up with their first win of the season. The final score was left at 3-2 in the Bears’ favor.

     At the start of the clock, Vermont’s Colleen Slaughter took charge and raced the ball toward Brown’s unattended goal. Her shot to the corner hit the post however, and rolled away from play. Soon after, Vermont junior Maddy Ostrander earned the team’s first goal. The goal assisted by teammates Alana Izzo and Whitlee Burghardt came about a half an hour into the game off a penalty corner shot. It was not only the first of the game but also the first of Ostrander’s career.

    Vermont’s triumph was short-lived – not a minute later, Brown’s Maggie Brady came in to tie the score 1-1. Brady’s goal came off a previous attempt on Vermont that was saved by goalkeeper Stephanie Zygmunt. As the ball rolled towards the goal line, Brady knocked it in.

     Neither team scored for the next 15 minutes of play. Ten minutes into the second half, Vermont’s Taylor Silvestro shot on Brown’s goalkeeper Shannon McSweeney and scored off of a rebound.

     The Catamounts held onto their slight lead of 2-1 for another 20 minutes after Silvestro’s goal, and seemed to be on their way to their first win. All Vermont needed was to hold onto their lead for just a few minutes more. However, with about five minutes left in play, Brown’s Haley Alvarez intercepted Vermont’s clearing attempt and went on to sink it into the back of the net, bringing the score to a tie of 2-2.

Shortly after, Vermont had their ball intercepted once again by Alvarez who passed it up field to teammate Hannah Rogers. Rogers broke the 2-2 tie winning the game for the Brown Bears with just two minutes left in regulation.

     Vermont will be back on the field Sept. 9 at noon when they host the Quinnipiac Bobcats in their first home game of the season.