Field Hockey defeats Bellarmine during Senior Day


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

The Lindenwood Field Hockey team defeated Bellarmine University 3-1 on Saturday at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium in the last home game of the season.

The Lions were quick to score a goal only one minute, 47 seconds into the game behind senior Megan Martin. The rest of the first half was scoreless, but the Lindenwood defense was on top of Bellarmine’s attacks, who had seven shots and six corners. Senior goalie Mackenzie Litterst had four saves in the first half.

Freshman Izzy Folan claimed the first goal in the second half to give the Lions to a 2-0 lead. Bellarmine’s only goal came until the 48th minute, but the Lions responded in the 57th minute with another goal by sophomore Pauline Terwindt, securing the win.

Six seniors took on the Knights, marking their last time playing at home.

“It was kind of an emotional but perfect game to end our home games on,” Senior Caro Theunisz said. “The energy on the field and in the stands was just amazing. We all fought so hard and it paid off.”

Six of the Lions shots were on goal. Bridget Hoogendijk assists raised to four, tying for the team-high with Theunisz. Terwindt has five goals this season, the second-most on the team.

With the win, the Lions extend their winning streak to two and improve to a 4-0 in home games. The Lions are 10-6 overall.

The Lions will play against NCAA DII Independent Schools Bellarmine and Frostburg state in a round-robin match in Louisville, Kentucky. The first match will be against Bellarmine on Nov. 8.