SU Showcases Its Versatility, Takes Down Kent State 5-0
By Skyler Wilkes | @swilkes04
CitrusTV Field Hockey Beat Reporter
KENT, O.H. – Syracuse field hockey came out of the gates firing on all cylinders. Less than a minute and a half in, Willemijn Boogert backhanded a loose ball for her first goal of the season.
Just two minutes later, Quirine Comans intercepted a pass, took it all the way to the net, and put it past a helpless Cecile van Eijck.
Then, Kent State woke up defensively, allowing just two more tries for the remainder of the period.
The second quarter was not much different. There was a combined one shot on goal and 10 total.
Eight minutes into the new half, the Orange reignited their offense. Quirine Comans juked out two defenders, evaded another one, and then fired in her second goal of the game. The Netherlands native is now tied for the team-lead in scores, with three.
Later in the period, Lieke Leeggangers capitalized off of a short corner assist from Laura Graziosi and Charlotte de Vries. The freshman has already scored twice in her first three collegiate matches.
Under thirty seconds into the final frame, SU set up another short corner. Leeggangers passed it into Joy Haarman, who had her effort blocked by a Kent State defender. Leeggangers got the ball back off the deflection, and then passed it to Sabine van den Eijnden who knocked it in.
That was the gut punch for the Golden Flashes, who only mustered one shot in the remaining 14 ½ minutes.
In total, Syracuse outshot Kent State 19-12, and also had nine attempts on goal compared to three.
Brooke Borzymowski and the SU defense continued its stellar play. The Orange shut out their opponent for the third consecutive game, with the sophomore netminder recording three saves in today’s match.
The ‘Cuse improved to 3-0 and it’s the first time since 2017 that they haven’t surrendered a goal in the first three contests.
SU heads back to the 315 for its home opener against Columbia at 1 p.m. on Sunday.