The West Chester field hockey team recorded its sixth win of the season last Wednesday after defeating Division One rival Monmouth, 4-1.The Golden Rams (6-4) took an early 2-0 advantage in the first half and were able to hold off a pesky Monmouth team to a onegoal lead at intermission. Shelly Brooks scored first at 10:11, followed by Bethany Ritz’s second goal of the year at the 18:56 mark.
Monmouth (1-7) kept the game close in the first half and tallied six shots against Golden Rams goalkeeper Carrie Hanshue, who finished with 11 saves.
Hanshue, who has an impressive .817 save percentage on the season, allowed one unassisted goal off the stick of Monmouth’s Janine McMillen at 23:34. Hanshue has played in all 10 games for the Golden Rams this season.
In the second half, West Chester received two insurance goals from Lauren Enck and Samantha Krick. Enck is among the team leaders in shots (15), while Krick, playing in only her second game of the season, scored for the first time.
The 2005 campaign has been one of ups and downs for the Golden Rams, but as of Oct 2, the ladies were riding a two-game winning streak as conference play is set to begin this week. The results of Sunday’s game versus Cornell were too late to be included in this week’s Quad.
After 10 games this season, Mary Ellen Wells and Megan Gliemli’s are tied for the team lead in goals with five a piece. Gliemli’s four goals on Sept 23 against Colgate put her in second place for most goals by a single player in one game. The all-time record was set in 1994, when Donine Renninger scored five goals. The Golden Rams six wins is the second most of any teamin the Atlantic 10 Conference.
This Friday, the team will begin its in-conference schedule when they travel to Temple, followed by three road games against St. Joseph’s, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In 2004, the Golden Rams won only two conference games and finished with just three overall victories.
The Golden Rams next home game won’t be until Oct 21 when they host St. Louis (MO) at 3 p.m.