South Bend, Ind. – The Robert Morris Women’s Field Hockey team kicked off its inaugural season with a 2-0 loss to the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, October 6th.
Even though the Eagles fell 2-0 to the The Fighting Irish, the team’s performance exceeded any expectations that anyone could have had. With eleven players on the field at once, only six of the RMU players had played field hockey previously while the remainder of the team are from other sports that only had nine practices before their first game.
However, once the game began it was difficult to tell just how new these players were as they executed the skills they had learned and used their athletic ability to compete and hold a much more experienced team to only two goals.
“The team never gave up and really played with a lot of heart,” stated Eagles Head Coach Allison Galindo. “I’m very proud of their effort and I look forward to continuing to see the improvement as the season progresses.”
There were a number of strong individual performance that set the tone for a great beginning for a new program. Samantha Sellers had an outstanding performance in goal and made over 25 saves while Caitlin Greely did a great job anchoring the defense as a sweeper. Mary Prunte, despite being a forward her entire career, was asked to play a pivotal role in the defense and did a phenomenal job until an injury forced her to leave the game with under ten minutes to play.
“The overall team effort and desire to compete is building a strong foundation for the future,” said RMU Assistant Coach Dawn Pederson. “The players should be proud of what they have accomplished so far and what they are a part of building.”
The Eagles continue their inaugural season on Sunday, October 21st against Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri. Both games will be played at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.