LOWELL, Mass. – Senior Leyna DiMarco (Glastonbury, Conn.) scored her first collegiate goal to cut into the deficit, but the Bryant University field hockey team could not fully close the deficit in a 2-1 loss to VCU Sunday. The Bulldogs close out the weekend at the River Hawk Classic 0-2.
Records: VCU 1-1, Bryant 0-2
Location: Cushing Field (Lowell, Mass.)
Coach de Vries' Comments
"Preparing for the game, I told the girls that they could expect a tornado from VCU. They are well coached and super skillful. So, tactically, we weren't surprised. We knew if we kept communicating and organizing ourselves early, we would get opportunities, which we did in the second half. Leyna DiMarco scored the first goal and I am very happy for her. Next step is to be composed when we are on the opponents half. Next week we have Brown and we are going to take this time to improve more and more!"
In the second half, Bryant was able to get a penalty corner in the 55th minute of play. Emily Perryman (Lebanon, N.H) took the corner for the Bulldogs, getting it to Victoria Newbill (Wilton, Maine). Newbill was able to set Leyna DiMarco (Glastonbury, Conn.) up for the lone Bulldog goal. The senior trio tallied the first goal of the season shifting the momentum of the game in Bryant's favor. The Bulldogs became more urgent and aggressive after the goal, but were not able to capitalize against the tough VCU defense.
- 34th minute – VCU 1, Bryant 0 – Emily Hijtfe stole the ball from the Bulldogs and dribbled through the Bryant defense to shoot the ball up and over freshman goalkeeper Marijn Jaarsma (Uithoorn, Netherlands) for an unassisted first goal of the game.
- 38th minute – VCU 2, Bryant 0 – VCU played the ball into the circle which gets deflected off of a series of Bryant and VCU players. After the ball was hit off of the keeper, Emily McNamara was able to tap it in for an unassisted goal.
- 55th minute – VCU 2, Bryant 1 – DiMarco scored off of a penalty corner. The corner was taken by Perryman who got the ball to Newbill. Newbill was able to set DiMarco up for the shot.
- The Rams outshot the Bulldogs 17-1. Bryant shot their only shot of the game in the second half and were successful in finding the back of the net.
- Jaarsma saved nine shots on the day playing all 70 minutes in the cage.
- Litiana Field led the Rams with seven shots, putting five of those on frame.
- VCU took six penalty corners in the first half with three of them happening within five minutes of each other. Both the Bulldogs and the Rams took one penalty corner each in the second half.
Bryant will take a short trip to Providence for a Friday matinee at Brown at 12 p.m.