Under the direction of seventh year head coach Amy Endler, the 2009 Moravian College field hockey team posted a 7-11 record this fall. The Greyhounds were 2-4 in the third year of the Landmark Conference and suffered a total of seven losses by two or less goals, with two of those games ending in overtime.
Leading the Greyhounds was senior forward Kayla Carson (Leesport, PA/Wyomissing HS) with nine goals and an assist for a total of 19 points. Carson finished her career with 25 goals, which is sixth in school history, 11 assists, ninth all-time, and 61 points, fifth in the Moravian record books.
Senior midfielder Julie Bisci (Phillipsburg, NJ/Phillipsburg HS), pictured right, added five goals and an assist for 11 points while junior forward Maureen Helfers (Westbury, NY/W.T. Clarke HS) put one goal in the back of the cage to go along with five assists for a total of seven points.
Junior forward Vita Ranella (Clarks Green, PA/Abington Heights HS) contributed two goals and an assist for five points while senior forward Jillian Pagliel (Ivyland, PA/Council Rock North HS) added a goal and an assist for three points. Junior forward Becky Ronaldo (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic HS) also added a goal and an assist for three points total this season for the Greyhounds while senior midfielder Samantha Bell (Sparta, NJ/Pope John XXIII HS) contributed one assist.
Freshman defender Stephanie Pezzello (Holmdel, NJ/St. John Vianney HS) had five defensive saves this year while senior defender Stephanie Dellaquilla (Woodbury, NJ/West Deptford HS) had three defensive saves. Also contributing a defensive save this year for the Greyhounds was junior defender Alexandra Lopez (Manasquan, NJ/Manasquan HS).
Junior goalie Maura Acox (Old Bridge, NJ/St. John Vianney) played 1,092 minutes in goal while earning a goals-against average of 1.73 with 71 saves, four shutouts, and a 7-8 mark on the season. Senior goalie Aliina Ross (Paoli, PA/Conestoga) saw 140 minutes of action to go along with a 2.0 goals-against average and two saves while freshman goalie Kirsten Gehm (Phillipsburg, NJ/Phillipsburg HS) had 44 minutes in goal, a 3.13 goals-against average, and five saves.
Also contributing for the Greyhounds this season were seniors midfielder Damara Varney (Allentown, PA/Allentown Central Catholic HS), who is pictured left, and defender Patty Eck (Catasauqua, PA/Catasauqua HS), junior defender Lizzette Arias (Arlington, VA/Wakefield HS), sophomores forward Rolyn Santiago (Allentown,PA/Dieruff HS) and midfielder Erica Cernobyl (Allentown, PA/Dieruff HS), and freshmen forwards Briana VanBuskirk (Stroudsburg, PA/Stroudsburg HS) and Elise Fay (Spring Lake Heights, NJ/Manasquan HS).
Bell, Bisci, Dellaquilla, Eck, Ross, Varney, Acox, Arias, Lopez and Renaldo were all named to the 2009 Landmark Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll.
Story written by Caitlin Dean '12.