Rangers’ Field Hockey Falls to Catholic in Conference Match-Up

By Charlotte Wells | Sports Co-Editor

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Staged field hockey equipment.

Drew’s field hockey team suffered a 2-0 loss to the Catholic University Cardinals in their fourth Landmark Conference face-off of the season on Saturday, Oct. 7. The result dropped the Rangers’ season record to 5-7, with a 1-3 Landmark Conference record. 

The Rangers battled both the Cardinals and the elements during Saturday’s game, facing even tougher conditions than usual as they played through cold wind and rain for the better part of their time on the field.

Picture of Olyvia Jackson (’24) courtesy of drewrangers.com.

 Catholic kicked off the game with two goals in quick succession solidifying an early lead. Despite the outset intensity, the game quickly reached a stalemate, as neither team was able to score for the rest of the quarter, nor in the three that followed. 

Catholic made 11 more shots on the goal throughout the game but proved unable to put the ball past Drew’s goalie Olyvia Jackson (‘24); Jackson made a total of 11 saves over the course of the game, preventing the Cardinals from increasing their margin of victory beyond the early lead. 

Jackson’s high number of saves against Catholic launched her to a career total of 305 saves, making her only the tenth player in team history to surpass 300 career saves. She shares the ninth spot on the list of Drew all-time saves with Allison Johnson (C’99). 

While Jackson shone on the defensive side, the Rangers offense was hard-pressed to keep up with the Cardinals’ ferocity on the field. Opportunity for a comeback materialized in the fourth quarter, when Drew fired off all four of its shots for the game and received two corners.

Led by Janelle Arch (‘25) and Lauren Cagliostro (‘25), the Rangers were determined to find an opening in Catholic’s defense; Arch and Cagliostro each attempted a shot on goal, only to be foiled by Cardinals’ goalie Abigail Kearney.

Drew followed up with two defensive saves from Eniyah Garner (‘24) and Jackie Melone (‘24)which  kept the ball in the Rangers’ hands. The resurgence came too late in the game; the clock ran down before either side could find an opportunity to score again. 

The Rangers return to the field on Saturday, Oct. 14 for another Landmark Conference battle against Goucher College in Maryland. 

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