By Tanner Swan, Sports Editor
The St. John Fisher field hockey team’s impressive record-breaking season came to an end on Saturday Nov. 12 after a Round of 16 loss to Babson College in the NCAA Tournament.
The Cardinals racked up a series of accomplishments and accolades after winning both the Empire 8 and the NCAA Tournament for the first time in its five years of existence.
After steamrolling into the NCAA Tournament with a 18-2 overall record, the Cardinals won their third overtime game of the year in the first round over Rhodes College.
Lauren Fazio played a huge role in the 2-1 victory. The first goal derived from a penalty corner where she then finished off a pass from Lexi Foley. Then in the game winning goal, she fired a shot from the top where it would get deflected in by Alexandrea Malley.
In the second round, Fisher ran into a potential favorite to go on and win the tournament. Babson College is ranked seventh nationally and was 19-2 going into the contest with the Cardinals.
Babson went on to defeat Fisher 3-0 and Franklin & Marshall 1-0 to advance to the semifinals.
Fisher will graduate four seniors including Malley, Gabby LaForce, Nickole Morgan, and Sarah Bisesi. While Fisher will certainly miss these four seniors, the future is certainly as bright as ever for the field hockey program under head coach Victoria Bothner and assistant Sean Metz.
Saying the Cardinals are represented well in the Empire 8 all-conference selections is an understatement. It also remains to be seen if Markarian, who was named Empire 8 Player of the Year, will receive any accolades nationally.
Emily Markarian — Player of the Year, First Team
Lindsay Scott — Co-Rookie of the Year, First Team
Lauren Fazio — First Team
Sarah Bisesi — Honorable Mention
Ashley Maynard — Honorable Mention
Hannah Cooper — Sportswoman of the Year
Victoria Bothner — Coaching Staff of the Year
Sean Metz — Coaching Staff of the Year