The University of Rhode Island field hockey team went 3-for-3 over the weekend as they defeated Harvard, Sacred Heart and Fairfield.
The Rams traveled to Harvard and picked up the 2-1 victory on Saturday. Rachael Lomp started off the scoring in first half and the Rams controlled the 1-0 lead going into halftime.
In the second half Rhode Island’s Danielle Harris added to the lead, making it 2-0. Despite a late goal from Harvard, the Rams held on to get the 2-1 victory. Goalkeeper Jonathan Lloyd made three saves for Rhode Island.
“We were slow in the first half,” junior midfielder Ellie Mills said. “Harvard came out slow and we played down to their level. But in the second half we stepped up the intensity and were able to get the win.”
On Sunday, the Rams hosted their first round-robin of the season. In the first game the Rams shut out Sacred Heart, 3-0. Freshman Jackie Malm got the Rams on the board early in the first half. Rhode Island added another goal before halftime from fellow freshman Katherine Kellenberger.
In the second half the Rams kept the pressure up and added another early goal. Harris earned her second goal of the weekend, securing the Rams’ 3-0 victory.
In the second game Sunday the Rams faced Fairfield, getting another shutout win, 4-0. The Rams put the pressure on early, scoring two goals in the first half. Sophomore Marte Johannessen earned the first goal for the Rams winning a battle in front of the goal. Sophomore Katie Keating earned a breakaway goal before halftime for the Rams.
With a two-goal lead to start the second half, the Rams took advantage of an early corner, on which sophomore Gabi Cardona capitalized to take the 3-0 lead. Lomp added a late goal of her own to give the Rams the 4-0 victory. Lloyd earned the shutout in the contest.
“In both games we played really well as a team,” Mills said. Â “We had great passing and communication, which gave the offense a lot of chances and they capitalized on them. Even though it is early in the season, we are already looking stronger then the start.”
The Rams are now 4-1 and will travel to the University of Massachusetts – Amherst on Sunday for a matchup at 11 a.m.