Second-Half Slump Dooms Field Hockey in 4-1 Loss at Gettysburg
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - Junior Sophia Agathis scored a first-half goal off a double assist from junior Allison Ranshous and sophomore Anne Rosenblatt, but it wasn't enough for the Swarthmore College field hockey team (4-6, 2-4) as it fell to Centennial rival Gettysburg by the score of 4-1 on Saturday afternoon from the Battlefield.
The goal was Agathis' third of the season.
For the second-consecutive road conference game, the Garnet surrendered three second-half goals in defeat after a promising first half.
An evenly-played first 35 saw the Garnet almost score twice in the opening 10 minutes of play, only to see shots on target by Katie Teleky and Beth Johnson thwarted by Gettysburg defensive saves. After falling behind 1-0 in the seventh minute on a breakaway goal from Gettysburg's Sarah Cole, the Garnet finally broke through with Agathis' goal off a penalty corner in the 16th minute to make it a 1-1 game.
The game remained 1-1 into the second half before the Bullets took control of the game. Gettysburg netted the eventual game winner in the 44th minute when Hayward Sawers scored on a two-on-one breakaway assisted by Cole, giving the Bullets a 2-1 lead. Gettysburg iced the game with goals in the 51st and 57th minutes - including another tally from Cole - to bring the game to the 4-1 final.
Despite the scoreline, Swarthmore out-shot the Bullets 21-16 and put 15 shots on target. Much of the credit for the Gettysburg win goes to goalkeeper Megan Feeg, who made 12 saves on the afternoon. In goal for the Garnet, sophomore Gabriella Capone made six saves.
Swarthmore will look to rebound when it returns home on Tuesday to face Gwynedd-Mercy in non-conference action. Play is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.