WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team went down early in the second period and was unable to recover, falling 4-1 to Bridgewater State University (BSU), in a non-conference contest on the USJ Field Hockey Field Tuesday afternoon.
The Blue Jays had some solid opportunities to even the odds, including consecutive shots from freshman defender Megan Strzepa (New Hartford, Conn.) in the 21st minute, but both were sent back emphatically by BSU freshman goalie Emily Ronan (North Billerica, Mass.). USJ held off the Bears for most of the contest, but three second-half goals (two in the fourth period) put the finishing touches on the first win of 2021 for the visitors. Blue Jays' Head Coach Karen Nell said the key to victory Tuesday was going to be the little things. USJ fought from the opening whistle, but were unable to turn Bears' fouls into scoring opportunities, particularly close to the net. Freshman forward Morgan Rhoades (Windsor, Conn.) scored the lone goal for Saint Joseph.
Score: Bridgewater State 4, Saint Joseph 1
Records: BSU (1-1), USJ (1-4)
Location: USJ Field Hockey Field | West Hartford, Conn.
COACH QUOTE [Karen Nell] "We kept the game close most of the way. They clearly have some very talented players that could carry the ball, which was a little challenging. We held them in check, but we just gave them too many opportunities and didn't capitalize on ours. Definitely a better level of effort than our last game, so we hope to build on that and be prepared for [Albertus Magnus] Friday."
- First career goal for Rhoades, and the fourth different Blue Jay to score a goal this season.
- Bridgewater State held a slight advantage in shots, 16-11, but the key plays all came off penalty corners. The Bears had six of them.
- The Bears scored two third-period goals within two minutes of each other.
NUMBER TO KNOW
13 – The Blue Jays have allowed 13 goals over the last two games. They gave up only 3 in the previous two.
USJ – Sophomore goalie and captain Wendy Bowden (Old Saybrook, Conn.) took the loss (0-3), allowing four goals with five saves in 90 minutes of play. Four of her five saves came in the second half.
BSU – Ronan (1-1) had three saves per half totaling six, and allowed just the one goal late in a full 60 minutes. Both goalies went the distance.
The Blue Jays will be back at home for a matchup with fellow Great Northeast Athletic Conference and intrastate foe, Albertus Magnus College on Friday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. under the lights of the USJ Field Hockey Field.
Follow USJ Athletics
For the latest on University of Saint Joseph athletics, follow the Blue Jays on social media on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.