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Drew University Field Hockey Coming to an End

By Sierra Walker | Assistant News Editor

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On Saturday, Oct. 29, the Drew field hockey team traveled to Susquehanna for the last game of the season. The team achieved multiple historical landmarks this season, including two Landmark conference wins against Juniata and Goucher, and the most conference wins seen since 2016. Drew field hockey also won seven out of 16 games, the most games won in a season since 2013, when they won 16 out of 20. These improvements mirror the accomplishments of their 2021 season, indicating that the Drew field hockey team could continue to boost their statistics next fall.

The season began unsteadily, with a loss against FDU-Florham, before the team entered a back-and-forth between wins and losses that lasted the first half of the season. Six games into the season, Drew had their first Landmark conference game, where they won 4-1 against Goucher. Around mid-season, there was a two-week losing streak during which the team encountered four of their conference losses. However, the string of losses was followed by a three-game winning streak, which included a shutout against Lancaster Bible and a conference win. This winning streak included another historic moment for the team: winning  against Juniata for the first time since 2013 with two incredible, late-game goals. This game boosted the Rangers’ conference standings, causing the team to finish the season sixth in the conference, the highest Drew field hockey has ranked since 2015, when they also finished sixth. 

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The increase in wins comes as no surprise as the team statistics have risen this season. The Rangers ended the season with 31 goals, 11 of which were scored by Maxine Lloyd (‘24), and 190 shots on goal, with Lloyd once again leading the team with 45 of those shots. Lloyd was a strong forward this season, demonstrating her skill on the field with multiple unexpected goals against other teams projected to beat Drew. Her contributions to the team during the game against Juniata, including recording both goals, led to her being named Ranger of the week. Trisha Dominick (‘23) and Tyler Olivio (‘25) led the team in assists. Both had six assists, exceeding their numbers from last season and illustrating the team’s improvement. 

Defensively, the team made massive improvements as well, ending the season with 135 saves. One hundred twenty-eight of these saves were made by starting goalkeeper Olyvia Jackson (‘24), who was a three-time Landmark conference defender of the week. This season, the Rangers proved themselves as a defensive force, keeping a low record of goals conceded. Even in their final game against Susquehanna, which was a 0-3 loss, Drew had 22 saves. Furthermore, defensive player Lauren Cagliostro (‘25) had the most playing time of the team, staying on the field for the 961 total minutes that Drew played. 

Two players had their first season at Drew this year: forward Emily Monaco (‘26) and midfielder Nadia Porchetta (‘26). Monaco came to Drew from Brewster, NY, and she is also a member of the lacrosse team. She had two goals and 12 shots this season and played for 385 minutes. Porchetta joined the team from Robbinsville, NJ. She made one defensive save and played for 405 minutes this season.

Fall 2022 was the last season for five players: Lauren Reduzzi (’23), Bridget Kenny (‘23), Madison Posella (‘23), Alexa Thomas (‘23) and Dominick. Reduzzi, Thomas and Dominick started every game of the season and stayed on the field for the majority of Drew’s playing time. Furthermore, Thomas scored 10 goals this season, the most of her Drew career, while Kenny and Posella helped seal the shutout against Lancaster Bible. 

This season was also the  first for Drew’s new head coach Summer Washburn, who came from Babson College and is bringing the best out of the Drew field hockey team. “She’s [Washburn] improving the team by adjusting to [the team’s] needs and helping [them] go back to the basics,” says teammate Cagliostro.  

Washburn was aided this season by Callyn Cass and Lorraine Maloney (C’90). Cass helps the goalies and assists with field player drills. “Callyn is easy to talk to and helps me become better with specific forms of footwork,” said goalkeeper Jackson. Maloney is a volunteer coach and a Drew alum who made it into Drew’s record books for field hockey. She assists Washburn with coaching the field players. 

The Drew field hockey team is already making plans for their training regiment for the spring, aiming to enter the Fall 2023 season better than ever. You can also watch Monaco and Eniya Garner (‘24) as they play lacrosse for Drew this spring.

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