Field Hockey conclude regular season, lose two seniors for 2017 season

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The Billiken field hockey squad wrapped up their 2016 season in Richmond, Va. with a pair of games against VCU and Richmond on Oct. 28 and 30.

The women dropped the first decision, 5-1. Sophomore midfielder Molly Feid scored in the contest, upping her goal count to five to lead the team offensively. She got a touch off a shot from sophomore midfielder Katie Moss in the 13th minute of the game, but the Billikens were unable to find the back of the net again despite scoring the first goal of the match.

The Bills had some quality chances, putting nine shots on goal. Freshman goalie MeMe Dawson made seven saves, keeping the Billikens alive against a strong VCU squad. Feid and junior forward Hanna Smith had four shots a piece, with all four of Feid’s being on goal.

SLU faced a more challenging Richmond team on Oct. 30, suffering a 7-0 loss to the Spiders.

Richmond held up a strong front on the defensive, not allowing a single Billiken shot on goal. Dawson played all 70 minutes for the Bills and recorded nine saves. The Spiders took a 3-0 advantage in the first half, and finished four more plays in the second half to take the victory over Saint Louis.

SLU finished the season with a 2-14 overall record and an 0-8 record in conference play. This was head coach Danielle Baumgardner’s first season at the helm after being an assistant for two years prior. She brought on assistant coach Lauren Hughey and volunteer assistant coach Calvin Nyapete this year to help out.

The Billikens show promise next year, as they are only graduating two seniors, back Maya Bentley and midfielder Caitlin Gibson. Next year’s more experienced roster will help set a new precedent for the team in the fall of 2017.