CAC Honorary Alexandra Darrow and Field Hockey’s Winning Streak
With recent wins over Virginia Wesleyan, Eastern Mennonite and Hood College, Frostburg State Field Hockey is on a 4 game win streak at press-time. An improvement from last years longest winning streak of 3 games, Fostburg is currently tied for third place in the CAC.
“I would contribute our recent success to our team trusting one another and just going out and having fun,” says sophomore defenseman Liz Davis. “The wins are really results of a team effort. Defensive players aren’t afraid to pass or take shots and offensive players have been willing to defend.”
Senior forward Alexandra Darrow has been a big contributor to the team’s success. Darrow was named as the CAC Offensive Player of the Week this past week. She leads the CAC in goals and total points scored.
“Everyone has been working really hard, the coaches work with us in practice going through plays and I wouldn’t be successful without them,” says Darrow when asked to what she contributes her success. Darrow feels that after the first win of the season against Randolph Macon, the team gained some continuity.
Darrow has 2 hat tricks this season, with both happening in blowout wins against Virginia Wesleyan and Hood College. “I prepare for games by watching tape and seeing what I can improve on, then working on those things in practice,” says Darrow.
“Al” as her teammates call her, says that she has started passing more this season. “I want to be the best teammate I possibly can, the wins are honestly a team effort. There are a lot more legs this year compared to last year and the team doesn’t get as tired.”
Alexandra has been playing field hockey since her freshman year of high school, after transitioning from ice hockey. Originally from Buffalo New York, Darrow says, “there weren’t a lot of people that played ice hockey in Virginia, so I picked up field hockey.”
Junior goal keeper Jackie Gover has allowed only 3 goals in the past 4 games, 2 of the games being shutouts. Gover is second in the CAC in saves with 36, averaging 6 saves per contest.
“After the second loss of the season, I remember coach saying to the team ‘I’m not allowing anymore excuses for themselves’ and the team approached the Randolph Macon game with different level of intensity.”
“The biggest part of our win streak is that these are team wins. It’s not about putting up stats, there are plenty of players who don’t show up on the stats sheet that contribute in different ways to help the team win,” says Liz Davis.
The Bobcats face Washington & Jefferson at home on Wednesday night at 7:00 and travel Saturday afternoon to play Bridgewater (Va).
“This year we came in with high expectations from ourselves. We faced some troubles after losing early, but now the locker room is a lot closer,” says Gover. “We’re more pumped up and having a lot more fun… these are the years to remember! Unless we win a national championship, then we’ll really remember!”