The women’s field hockey team finished their season in extraordinary fashion, having their best week of the year. Over the seven day span, the women won five games in a row to finish the season over .500.

“The main reason we came out on such a good note is because we were all playing together and we were all hustling,” junior forward Allison Beardsley said. “When you all play together it’s very powerful.”

The women were forced to battle back in the late minutes of the contest against a constant SUNY Morrisville defense on Friday. With a little more than 10 minutes left in the game, Beardsley tied up the score at one apiece.

Playing tough defense the rest of regulation, UR forced Morrisville into overtime. Beardsley once again was the hero of the game, making the game-winning goal less than five minutes into overtime.

The defense was key in the second game of the weekend against SUNY Brockport. The Yellowjacket defense only allowed eight total shots, with three of those coming on goal.

Freshman goalie Madison Wagner was a big part of the streak, only allowing one goal over the past three games. Over 205 minutes, she only gave up the one goal in the game against Morrisville.

Beardsley once again proved the superiority of the offense, with two shots out of six getting past the goalie. Freshman midfielder Katie Flascher started off the attack with help from junior forward Anna Dobrzynski and freshman midfielder Lindsey Randall.

With these last two victories, the Yellowjackets finished the season with a 10-9 record, including a fifth place in the Liberty League standings going 3-4.

“This season has helped us grow,” Beardsley said. “We are a very young team so that was a disadvantage but as the season progressed we got better with every game.”

UR will be returning nearly all of its team with the exception of senior defender Sara Heidinger. With this season serving as a learning experience, the women are primed for what next season can hold.

“The team had a great finish to the season,” head coach Wendy Andreatta said. “The last five wins helped immensely to give the team a real sense of accomplishment and confidence going into next season.”

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