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Field hockey rallies for wins at season’s end

The field hockey team found its groove at season’s end with overtime victories against Hendrix College and Earlham College in the final two games to take some of the sting out of a 2-11 season campaign. The Pioneers are led by head coach Susannah Kilbourne.

Annie Donelan shoots
Junior Annie Donelan was Transy's second leading scorer.

Hendrix was in town for senior night on Hall Field, and senior forward/midfielder Whitney Mitchell made the most of the occasion with an overtime goal that carried the Pioneers to a 1-0 win. Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Alfaro kept the Warriors at bay with five second-half saves and two more in overtime.

Three days later, Earlham, newest member of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, was the opponent on Hall Field. Once again, Mitchell was the hero with a break-away goal four minutes into overtime to seal a 3-2 victory. The Pioneers dominated the first half and led 2-0 at intermission on goals by senior midfielder/back Becca Tougher and junior midfielder Annie Donelan.

Earlier in the season, the Pioneers gave traditional power DePauw University a run for its money, forcing the Tigers to hold off a late Transy rally for a 2-1 win. Mitchell finished as Transy’s leading scorer on the season with 11 points, followed by Donelan at 10. Alfaro had a 4.11 goals-against average for the year.

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