- Aiden Locke
Goal Fest In The West
Brockport moves to 2-1 in the SUNYAC after an outburst of offense in Fredonia, NY.
The Tuesday matchup between the Brockport Golden Eagles and Fredonia Blue Devils saw 33 total goals between the two teams. Brockport survived a close one 18-15, in a game where Fredonia just wouldn’t go away.
Brockport opened up the game with a five-goal run led by senior midfielder Courtney Cunningham who had a first quarter hat trick. Fredonia got two goals in the final two minutes of quarter one to keep themselves in it.
The second quarter saw Fredonia outscore Brockport 6-5, their offense was led by attacker Erin Woods who came into the game with 36 goals on the season. Brockport’s second quarter offense was delivered by four different players. Versatile sophomore midfielder Alayna Foos helped lead the charge on both ends of the field.
The third quarter was controlled by the Golden Eagles outscoring the Blue Devils 6-3. This explosion was led by senior attacker Cassidy Burnash with two goals and two assists. However, three of the goals were scored by junior midfielder Julia Quinlan who had five goals total in the game.
The fourth quarter saw a late push from the Fredonia Blue Devils as they out-scored Brockport 5-2. This late charge came up short as Brockport was able to fend off the Blue Devils. The two fourth quarter goals scored by Cunningham and Foos were enough to keep Brockport ahead after the two-hour trip out west came out fruitful not just on the stat sheet but in the win column as well.
This game saw almost no goaltending as both Brockport Freshman Hannah Parsons and Fredonia’s Emily Carr were both under .360 save percentages. Parsons has shown a lot of potential after beating out senior Erin Lant for the starting role, Lant however has found a new way onto the field. Lant made her debut in the defensive midfield as we saw Brockport use more subs which isn’t something we’ve seen too much this season.
Junior midfielder Alexandria VanDerKar made a big impact in transition, being all over the field defensively on the ride, winning draw controls, gathering ground balls, and starting the breakout in transition. Her role on the team isn’t the most glorious, but it’s a crucial spot for taking care of the little things that can turn the tide of games. This was shown on this occasion. Brockport had five caused turnovers to Fredonia’s two, Brockport won the ground ball battle 15-9, Brockport went 11-11 on clear attempts while Fredonia went 12-16, and Brockport limited their turnovers with just six to Fredonia’s ten.
Overall, this was a massive win for Brockport as they continue to push on into SUNYAC play. Their next contest will be at home on Friday April 7th at 3PM against Plattsburgh.