Courtesy of UR Athletics

The University of Rochester field hockey team had a very successful weekend as they defeated both SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Utica.

Against New Paltz, the ‘Jackets came out strong and fast with a goal from senior Mimi Adar during the first seven minutes of play coming off a Claire Dickerson assist. Adar nailed another goal less than 20 minutes later for UR.

If that wasn’t enough Rochester domination during the first half, senior star and All-American Michelle Relin tacked on another goal for UR in the final minute of the first half. All-American goalkeeper Tara Lamberti also had three saves during the first half of play.

The ‘Jackets stayed strong in the second half. All-conference defender Kathryn Montgomery grabbed a save during the first five minutes of play to keep New Paltz scoreless.

At 54:46, New Paltz’s Rachel McLaughlin recorded the lone goal for the opposition. Lamberti had an additional two saves in the second half, ending the game with five total saves and helping to secure the victory.

The next day at SUNY Utica, the ‘Jackets brought their A-game once again, finishing on the top side of a 2-0 match. Lamberti recorded four saves against Utica, impressively marking her third shutout of the season thus far.

Freshman Nancy Bansbach scored her first collegiate goal assisted by Relin less than a minute after entering the field. Relin scored a goal later in the second half, off an assist from her co-captain Sayaka Abe, marking her third goal of the season.

Tara Lamberti was deservingly honored for the second time this season as the Liberty League Athlete of the Week for her excellent showing on the field.

Although the team was defeated by Ithaca College on Wednesday, bringing its record to 5-1, if they continue playing at such a high level, there is no limit to what this talented group of young women can accomplish this season.

Lewis is a member of the class of 2016. 

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