The University of Rochester field hockey team picked up its fifth straight win this past Saturday over rival SUNY Geneseo. This concluded the ‘Jackets’ regular season schedule with a record of 15-4, pushing the team through to the Liberty League semifinal game against Skidmore College.
In Saturday’s game, senior phenom Michelle Relin scored all three of Rochester’s goals against Geneseo. Junior Callie Fisher and freshman Miranda Lakis each tallied an assist. Relin has scored 17 goals so far this year, and holds the Rochester all-time record for points scored in a season.
The ‘Jackets lead 2-0 at halftime. Relin kicked off her hat-trick at 19:50, with an unassisted goal to the right corner. At 31:24, she doubled the score off an assist from Fisher with a low shot past Geneseo defense.
Junior Elena Hingston scored Geneseo’s lone goal at 40:04 in the second half, off an assist from freshman Morgan Maley. The ‘Jackets responded with a Relin goal at 60:58, assisted by Lakis.
In total, Relin took 11 shots. Junior Sayaka Abe, senior Nicole Cerza and Fisher each took three, while senior Mimi Adar, sophomore Olivia Denny, sophomore Claire Dickerson and Lakis each had one shot. This was Relin’s second hat-trick of the year, and fourth time scoring more than one goal per game.
Senior Tara Lamberti made eight saves for the ‘Jackets and allowed one goal. Following this performance, she was named the Liberty League Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season. Lamberti has allowed a mere 12 goals all year, with a save average of 0.879, placing her among the best goalkeepers in Division III. Geneseo goalie junior Danya Mercer made 14 saves and allowed three goals.
After beating Skidmore College 2-0 in the Liberty League semifinal game on Wednesday, the ‘Jackets will now head to the Liberty League championship game on Nov. 7 against William Smith College.
Lewis is a member of the class of 2016.