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Field hockey builds win streak

Maria Taustine
Sophomore forward Maria Taustine was the Pioneers' co-leader for the season with five goals.

The field hockey team defeated a traditional powerhouse and built a three-game win streak toward season’s end to highlight another year of rebuilding a once dominant program.

The Pioneers got off to a great start with a 2-0 win over Earlham College in the season opener, but didn’t win again until a late season trip to Virginia. There, they defeated Mary Baldwin College and Sweet Briar College by identical 2-0 scores over two days. They came back home to edge NAIA power Lindenwood University and finish the year with a 4-13 record.

“We really started to come together as a team the last half of the season,” head coach Jill Meiring said. “We ended on a strong note, and I think we can achieve more next year.”

Junior forward Brittany Amos and sophomore forward Maria Taustine led the Pioneers with five goals apiece for the year. Sophomore Megan Blandford started all 17 games in goal, saving more than 75 percent of the shots against her.

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