Jennifer O’Neill scored two goals and added two assists and the Misericordia University field hockey team closed out the regular season with a 5-2 victory over Albright on Thursday.
The win moves the Cougars to 7-12 overall and the loss drops the Lions to 6-13. The Cougars will open Freedom Conference tournament play on Nov. 6.
O’Neill got the scoring started for MU in the 30th minute and then the Cougars began to attack the cage at a frantic pace.
O’Neill, Lindsay Hischak and Emily Hegner fired shot after shot at the Lion keeper before Hegner finally slipped one in to give MU a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute before O’Neill scored again.
The Cougars took a 4-0 lead into the break when O’Neill gave out a helper to Hannah Harvey and they took a five goal lead when O’Neill assisted on a goal to Allie Elmes.
Cougars net academic honor
Misericordia’s Erin Roberts and Nicolette Ruffler have been named to the Capital One Academic All District 4 Women’s Soccer team.
Roberts, a junior midfielder, carries a 3.96 grade point average as a speech-language pathology major.
She has started all 18 games while leading the Cougars to a 15-2-1 record and a top-10 national ranking. She has scored two goals and serves as the catalyst of an offense that is averaging 3.42 goals per game.
Ruffler, a senior back, maintains a 3.93 grade point average as a healthcare management/pre-physical therapy doctoral student.
She has started all 18 matches and has two assists on the season while anchoring an MU defense that has recorded 12 shutouts while allowing just 0.43 goals per game.