Hofenk Jerembo scores, field hockey cut by Rider in season opener

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. — Bellarmine field hockey opened its 2022 season on Friday, losing a final score of 4-1 to Rider in a neutral-site game on the Lock Haven University campus.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Broncos scored two goals in five minutes in the second period to take a 2-0 halftime lead.

Rider nailed another score late in the third quarter to see their lead extended to 3-0.

The Knights responded early in the fourth quarter, scoring their first goal of the year. Coming from a penalty corner, Bellarmine fired several shots at the Rider’s cage, before the senior Amber Hofenk Jerembo finally dropped the ball on a Anna Crump shot that was recorded. Hofenk Jerembo led the Knights with seven goals last season, while Crump had six last year.

About 90 seconds later, Rider gained confidence with his fourth goal of the game from a penalty corner. Hofenk Jerembo and the Knights had one more shot down the stretch but couldn’t rally.

While the Broncos remained in control after the second quarter, the shot disparity was minimal. Rider only beat the Knights 8-6 and only held a 6-4 shots on goal advantage. Two of Rider’s goals started with penalty corners, and the Broncos held on to a 7-3 aggregate advantage in corners taken. Bellarmine was also whistled for a pair of yellow cards.

Crump (two hits) and Julia Doornebos (one shot) were the other players alongside Hofenk Jerembo to register a shot on Friday. In goal, rookie Kailey Worker made his first career start for the Knights and made two saves, while junior Danni Swallow played the last quarter.

The Knights are back in action Sunday against host Lock Haven starting at 11:00 a.m.

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Earnest L. Veasey