By Liam Gambon
By Cara McCarthy
Field Hockey faced off against the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors at home Sept. 25.
The Warriors jumped out to an early lead in the seventh minute off a score by Bryce Makula.
Framingham nearly tied the game later in the first quarter, but the Warriors made a solid defensive play to turn the chance away.
Eastern Connecticut extended their lead to 2-0 in the 36th minute with a score from Khiara Valentine.
In the 47th minute, freshman Mallory Weir scored the Rams’ first goal of the game and her second of the season.
Coach Allison Lucenta said, “Mallory is a great player. She is extremely skilled and has been an awesome addition to our forward line this year.
“We are very excited to see her continue to improve and play a significant role for this team.”
Neither team scored again, as the Warriors took the game 2-1.
This loss marks the Rams’ fifth of the season and third in a row.
Sophomore Jordan O’Boyle said, “Although the game was not the outcome we all hoped for, I believe it was a hard-fought loss. We never gave up, even when Eastern Connecticut went up 2-0.
“We fought hard to score a goal early in the fourth quarter. We worked well as a team, communicating and keeping the energy up.”
Framingham took one fewer shot than the Warriors in the game despite the score and took four more shots on goal.
“One thing we lacked was our urgency to score. We had so many opportunities in the circle to score, but just could not get the ball in the back of the net,” O’Boyle said.
“I would say on the defensive side of it, we held our own, especially with the amount of corners Eastern Connecticut got against us,” O’Boyle added.
“Our team is a very unselfish team and does very well working together. This game will help us grow and learn from our mistakes for the games to come.”
As they now sit at 2-5, Framingham is in a position where they need to turn their record around.
Lucenta said, “We are continuing to work hard every day to improve ourselves as a team and individually. We play in a very competitive conference, and each game is going to be challenging.
“Every day, we are getting better and working together to reach our goals.”