Field Hockey opens up with loss, beats Toledo

By Steve Dennis

A win and two tough losses summarizes the three-game weekend for the NIU Field Hockey team.

The highlight of the weekend was Sunday’s victory over the Rockets of Toledo at Huskie Stadium.

The Huskies upended the Rockets in formidable fashion by controlling the tempo of the game throughout.

NIU head coach Laurie Bell was pleased with her team’s 2-1 effort against Toledo, which gave the Huskies their first victory of the young season.

“I’m glad to get the win,” Bell said. “I could sense our team starting to fatigue after the third straight day of play.”

In the win, the Huskies opened up the game with the first scoring drive with 28:55 elapsed on a goal by Laura Wehrman. The Huskie defense continued its excellent midfield ball- handling to go into the half up by one.

“We dominated the first half,” Bell said. “But we got tired in the second.”

NIU padded its lead on an Alice Wassmann goal after just 8:18 gone in the second half. The Rockets struck for their only goal at the 14:12 mark.

In earlier weekend action, the Huskies were unable to capitalize on ample oppurtunities resulting in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of St. Louis University and a 3-1 loss to a tough Northeastern squad.

One bright spot was the play of attackers Regina Vanderwerf and Maaike Schroeder who provided all of the Huskie offense in the two contests. Schroeder came up with both goals with Vanderwerf assisting.

Despite the loss, Bell felt that the best played game of the weekend was against St. Louis.

“Our passing was sharper and crisper,” Bell said. “We moved the ball at will, but our inexperience showed in the goal.”

Bell is looking forward to the 12-day break to get her team conditioned better and work on scoring on all oppurtunities.

“We need to tighten up some screws,” Bell said. “We are dominating the midfield, but we need to put it all together.”

The next NIU match pits the Huskies against Midwest Collegiate Field Hockey Conference rival Ohio State University Sept. 22 at Huskie Stadium.