Field hockey challenges unbeaten Roger Williams in season-opening loss

Sophia Guziewicz and Mount Holyoke field hockey fell 4-0 to Roger Williams University on Sept. 3, 2022. (Bob Blanchard/RJB Sports)
Sophia Guziewicz and Mount Holyoke field hockey fell 4-0 to Roger Williams University on Sept. 3, 2022. (Bob Blanchard/RJB Sports)

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. -- Playing for the first time on their new artificial turf surface, the Mount Holyoke College field hockey team opened the 2022 season with a 4-0 defeat to visiting non-conference opponent Roger Williams University, as first-year forward Chelsea King staked the visiting Hawks to an early lead with back-to-back goals in the first half.

Roger Williams (2-0) followed King's two goals with additional scores by Amelia Monahan and Morgan Foley in defeating their second straight NEWMAC opponent to start the season. RWU won 2-1 at WPI on Thursday.

King scored on the first shot attempt of the game, in the fourth minute. She tracked down a through ball on the left wing after a restart, beat an MHC defender along the left baseline and with a teammate open at the top, she instead slid a low ball past Lyons sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Katzenberg (Reisterstown, Md.) for the first goal in her career. Katzenberg stuffed three shots in rapid succession later in the period, but shots attempted by senior captain Phoebe Aaronson (Mountain View, Calif.), first-year Anna Induni (Manchester, N.H.) and junior Caroline Thompson (Harwich, Mass.) failed to connect for the host Lyons, and the opening quarter ended with a 1-0 lead for RWU.

The Hawks' lead expanded to 3-0 within the first two minutes of the second quarter. In the 17th minute, King carried the ball into the left side of the circle again, took a shot and was rebuffed by Katzenberg. The ball came back out to senior Morgan Foley on the left baseline, and Foley passed back inside to King, who found the opening between Katzenberg and the near left post for her second score. Later in the same minute, sophomore Amelia Monahan maneuvered around a defender, carried into the top of the circle and shoveled a shot that Katzenberg turned away. Monahan controlled the rebound, however, and turned her stick to execute a backhand shot that found the back of the goal inside the left post.

The Lyons earned eight penalty corners in the second quarter and nearly scored on one of them in the 21st minute. Sophomore defender Sophia Guziewicz (Enfield, N.H.), perhaps the Lyons' standout in the game, got a shot off from the right of the RWU goal that clanged off of the right post. Senior captain Mollee Malboeuf (Fitchburg, Mass.) got a stick on the rebound, but RWU defender Abigail Stevens got just enough of a piece of the ball to deflect it away and out of bounds.

RWU expanded its lead two minutes into the third quarter, when Foley carried into the circle against a retreating MHC defense. Katzenberg charged out of the goal to challenge Foley, but the senior forward deftly flipped the ball up and over the defense and into the back of the goal, creating the final 4-0 margin of victory.

Roger Williams achieved a 19-16 advantage in shots attempted, offsetting Mount Holyoke's 14-9 edge in corners. Katzenberg made 10 saves in the game, while RWU goalie Jill Haudenshield earned the shutout with seven saves.

Mount Holyoke (0-1) will stay home to face Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday at 6pm. The game will be preceded at 3pm by a fall kickoff celebration, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Lyons' newly resurfaced Turf and Track Complex with games and prizes.

RWU plays its home opener Tuesday at 4pm against UMass Dartmouth.