The team opened its season Sept. 26 at the Flyers Northeast Skate Zone with a 4-2 win over Montclair State, a team that finished sixth at Nationals last season.
The Owls grabbed an early lead with goals from senior defenseman Mike Kozole and junior forward Pat McHugh in the first period. MSU cut the deficit in half with a goal in the final five seconds of the period.
The second period saw a slowdown in scoring, but senior forward Steve Danno put home a rebound to extend the Owls’ lead.
Senior forward Ryan Frain put the final nail in the Red Hawks’ coffin with a shorthanded breakaway goal in the third period. MSU would score one more goal after pulling the goalie late in the third period, but the damage had been done. Junior goalie Will Neifield had 46 saves on 48 shots in the win.
The team returns to action Oct. 1 versus Lafayette, and on Oct. 3, the team will have a rematch with MSU at the Red Hawks’ Floyd Hall arena in Montclair, N.J.
The team is now 2-0 after a 64-0 rout of Kutztown this past Saturday.
Sophomore winger Erin Langeheine, senior fullback Nikki Schuerch and freshman winger Sara Linke each had two tries for the Owls. Junior flyhalf Rachel Bandura, sophomore prop Kristin Shedaker, freshman inside center Bailey Fuentes and freshman flanker Kelsey Platner each contributed a try in the blowout win.
The team will look to extend its win streak on Oct. 9 versus the College of New Jersey at Edgely Field.
Despite going undefeated in friendly match play, the team opened its league-match play 0-2 with losses to Lafayette and Villanova on Sept. 25.
Senior midfielder Brian Weinhardt provided the Owls’ only goal of the weekend in a 2-1 loss to Lafayette. The Owls were later shut out by Villanova 3-0.
The team returns to action Oct. 2 at Lehigh University with two matches against Lehigh and Kutztown.
The A-side squad (2-1) was handed its first loss of the season in a 29-7 loss to Delaware last Friday. Junior flyhalf Jim O’Brien scored the lone try for the Owls. The team will look to bounce back on Oct. 2 against Penn State-Berks.
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