Field Hockey Wins in Non-Conference, Loses in First Conference Matchup

by Mary Laut

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Alexa Thomas (’23) plays field hockey at Ranger Stadium. Photo courtesy of Adam Smith.

The Drew University field hockey team earned its first victory of the season at Ranger Stadium with a 3-1 win over Delaware Valley in non-conference action on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Alexa Thomas (’23) scored two goals while captain April Serratelli (’22) handed out a pair of assists, and Olyvia Jackson (’24) made eight saves for the Rangers while earning her first career goalie victory. She came up with seven of her stops in a crucial fourth quarter, when the Aggies fired off 13 shots. The win also marked the first victory for Interim Head Coach Sally Dreyer.

Drew jumped out an early lead when Thomas tapped home a cross from Serratelli less than five minutes into the game. Neither team managed to score in the second quarter and Drew carried a 1-0 lead into the half. Six minutes into the third quarter Thomas and Serratelli struck again, with Thomas taking a cross from the right post and one-timing a shot from the left side of the cage to make it 2-0. The Rangers cemented their victory with just over six minutes left. Lauren Cagliostro (’25) sent in a corner pass to Amber Frikkee (’22), who flicked a pass to Trisha Dominick (’23) on the right elbow. Dominick blasted in her second goal of the season before Del Val set the final score two minutes later with a last minute goal. 

The Rangers followed with another win a few days later. They topped King’s College 3-2 in a non-conference match-up Saturday, Sept. 18 at a sunny Ranger Stadium. Thomas scored a pair of goals, including the go-ahead tally with 8:46 remaining. Thomas’ contribution in the win against Delaware Valley and King’s netted a season-high six goals in six games. The Monarchs took an early 1-0 lead when they scored with 2:36 left in the first quarter. The Rangers rallied to go in front with two goals midway through the second quarter. Thomas tied it up with 8:13 on the clock when she took a cross from Tyler Olivio (’25) and one-timed a shot inside the right post from the top of the box. Just over two minutes later, Janelle Arch (’25) struck to put Drew up 2-1. Following a corner, Dominick sent in a pass from the right elbow and Arch slipped it around the goalie for her first collegiate goal. The Rangers carried their 2-1 lead into halftime.

King’s pulled even with five minutes into the second half, and neither side scored over the remainder of the third quarter. The Rangers went back in front midway through the final period. Olivio started the big play, taking the ball away from a defender following a Drew corner. She quickly centered a pass to Serratelli, who then flipped a pass to Thomas on the left side. Thomas ripped a shot just past the keeper and inside the left post for her second straight game-winning goal. Jackson finished with five saves to earn her second consecutive goalie victory for Drew.

The Drew University field hockey team had their Landmark Conference opener at Juniata College on Saturday, Sept. 25. Arch scored a goal for Drew, but the Rangers lost by a score of 5-1. Maxine Lloyd (’24) collected her first collegiate assist on the tally. Jackson started in goal for Drew and finished with seven saves over the opening 57 minutes. Bridget Kenny (’23) came on for the final three minutes and did not allow a goal.

The field hockey team lost by a score of 8-1 to Ramapo College at home in a non-conference matchup Wednesday, Sept. 29. Jinah Cappuccino (’22) scored for Drew, converting a pass from Arch for her first goal of the season and the second of her career.

Drew continues a three-game home stand on Saturday, Oct. 2 when they take on Susquehanna at 1 p.m. in a Landmark Conference matchup.

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