Field hockey goes 2-0 on the weekend with wins over Mercy and Newberry

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Field hockey goes 2-0 on the weekend with wins over Mercy and Newberry

File Photo: Noor Fons, a Lions midfielder from Amsterdam, slings a pass down the sideline on the way to a 4-2 victory over Newberry College Sunday afternoon.  Photo by Caleb Riordan

File Photo: Noor Fons, a Lions midfielder from Amsterdam, slings a pass down the sideline on the way to a 4-2 victory over Newberry College Sunday afternoon.
Photo by Caleb Riordan

File Photo: Noor Fons, a Lions midfielder from Amsterdam, slings a pass down the sideline on the way to a 4-2 victory over Newberry College Sunday afternoon.
Photo by Caleb Riordan

File Photo: Noor Fons, a Lions midfielder from Amsterdam, slings a pass down the sideline on the way to a 4-2 victory over Newberry College Sunday afternoon.
Photo by Caleb Riordan

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CALEB RIORDAN Reporter

The Lions brought their win streak to five games and their record to 5-1 overall with two victories at Hunter Stadium.

The first of the two wins came against Mercy College Saturday Sept. 22, when Bridget Hoogendijk led the charge. Hoogendijk scored two goals in the first half to give Lindenwood a 2-1 lead heading into halftime.

Jessie Londono scored the only goal of the second half for either team, giving the Lions a 3-1 lead. Skylar Starbeck started in net and earned her fourth win of the season making just one save. Newberry’s lone goal of the day was scored by Kellie Znaniecki.

The Lions carried the momentum from Saturday into Sunday’s matchup against Newberry.  Mackenzie Litterst got the start in the net for the Lions and Allison Davis made the start for the Wolves.

Both teams struggled to grab the momentum, especially in the first half. Newberry struck first with a goal from Brady Keeler off of a corner from Mariah Lee at the 6:47 mark in the period.  Lindenwood later tied it up with a goal from Pauline Terwindt which came off a feed from Caro Theunisz from the left side. The score was knotted at one a piece heading into the half with the Lions outshooting the Wolves 5-1.

Both teams came out aggressive in the second half, each scoring one early goal.  The first was an unassisted goal from Mary Clare Banholzer which she put in off her own rebound to give Lindenwood the 2-1 lead. Three minutes later, Newberry tied it back up by way of another goal from Keeler.

It was tied for 28 minutes after Keeler’s goal until Londono grabbed the momentum for the Lions and scored two goals of her own, scoring one in the 64th minute and one in the 68th.

The Lions outshot Newberry in the second half 16-4 and had multiple chances on their 12 penalty corners.

“We really tell the girls to not force shots or big crosses, we like to really keep the ball on our stick,” head coach Sarah Baumann said. “Focus on drawing corners if you don’t have a good shot or a good 1v1 versus the keeper.  We definitely love our corner plays and our set plays. Those are some of our strongest assets this year.”

With the Lions playing two of their three home games of the season this weekend, their focus now turns to their three-game road trip until they return to Hunter on Oct. 6.

“We know it’s not easy to be on the road but we’re going to be road warriors,” Baumann said. “Picking up wins on the road is tough but it’s also super exciting to beat a team on their home turf.”

The Lions’ next game comes Friday, Sept. 28, at Limestone College.