By Alexandra Parado
The Lions traveled to Salisbury, Maryland on Saturday, Sept. 22 to face Salisbury University, ranked No. 6 in the Division III field hockey group by the NCAA, and left with an astonishing victory.
The game was full of action — Salisbury was quick to shoot, but junior goalkeeper Maddie Beaumont blocked off any shots she faced. Six minutes into the game, Salisbury slipped a shot under Beaumont, giving the Lions’ opponent a 1-0 lead.
Salisbury’s lead was short lived, as junior forward/midfielder Kayla Peterson scored five minutes later. From the top of the circle, Peterson hit a shot that bounced off a Salisbury defender and into the net. This goal tied up the game, leaving the Lions to fight hard to break the tie.
Moments later, Peterson received the ball from senior forward/midfielder Caroline Quinn and gave the team a one-point advantage, collecting her second goal of the game.
Taking a shot on a penalty corner, senior midfielder/defender Sidney Padilla attempted to score, but her shot was saved by Salisbury’s keeper. Sophomore midfielder Samantha Reed found the loose ball and gave it to Peterson, who again found an opening in the net and ripped the ball through traffic for a hat trick.
The second half was scoreless on both ends. Beaumont played a remarkable game especially in the second half when she refuted seven shots taken by Salisbury, maintaining the lead and bringing the game to a close.
The Lions are back in action on Thursday, Sept. 27, when they face Ursinus College at home for a 7:30 p.m. contest. On Saturday, Sept. 29, the team will travel to Mahwah, New Jersey to challenge New Jersey Athletic Conference opponent Ramapo College.