Lehigh field hockey falls to Cornell University

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The Cornell University field hockey team defeated Lehigh 6-0 at home Friday night.

Cornell came out on top with 19 shots compared to Lehigh’s three and eight penalty corners compared to Lehigh’s zero. Cornell scored their first goal in the first minute, and their second goal was off of a penalty corner later in the first half.

Ten minutes into the second half, Cornell scored yet another goal off of a penalty corner. Three minutes later, Cornell earned their first penalty stroke of the season and converted it into a goal. The last two goals were made from a shot off the left side and a tipped shot close to the goal to round out the score at 6-0.

Lehigh sophomore goalie Julia Ward started, making four saves and allowing five goals before being replaced by first-year goalie Katie Morris for the last 11 minutes, who would end up having one save and one goal allowed on the day. Junior forward Lindsey Schott made two of the three shots on goal, while sophomore midfielder Aislinn Bryan made the other one.

Junior midfielder Taylor Mygatt noted one of the ways in which the team can get better.

“We need to improve on our midfield to forward connection and finishing in the circle,” she said.

Their lack of shots on goal and penalty corners is evidence of this.

“We have a strong team, we stayed tough throughout the game,” sophomore forward Gabby Tofig said. “We need to work on capitalizing on our opportunities and finishing around the cage.”

Despite the loss, the Mountain Hawks are a close team and have been working to perfect their skills in practice.

“The team needs to work on connecting and harmonizing on the field,” junior forward Kat Kneizys said. “We have the skills and techniques to succeed, but we must work together to achieve our goals.”

Lehigh will host Towson University this Sunday at 12 p.m.

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