Field hockey season preview
ODU has the field hockey season preview up on their website:
Lady Monarch field hockey:
Last year: 21-4, CAA Champs, NCAA Final Four (lost to Penn St)
Lost: 6 starters--Marybeth Freeman (goalie), Katie Moyer (captain), Tara Herrmann (top 10 nationally in scoring), Lotte Bant (top 10 in scoring), Becky Loy, Tiffany Snow (National Player of the Year)
Return: 5 starters, including All Americans Angie Loy (top 5 in scoring and assists) and Melissa Leonetti (top 5 in assists), and freshman All American Chilly Banuelos
New players: Several local players. I've heard good things about Darcy Pinchbeck. Tiffany Snow's younger sister, Jaime, is a rookie.
Schedule: As usual, brutal. Home games with Louisville, Penn St, Maryland, Stanford, UConn, Michigan, UNC, Princeton. That's a who's who list of field hockey.
Bottom line: ODU should be a top 5 team once again. Need to replace several defensive stars, but ODU just reloads every year. Long time assistant Sue Myers will be the interim head coach while Beth Anders coaches the National Team.
CAA preseason poll is out. ODU is #1. ODU has won 11 of the past 12 CAA titles, has lost only 4 times in CAA play, and has not lost since the 1995 CAA championship game. That my friends, is dominance.
GMU in the NCAA Final 4
ODU in the NIT Final 4
CAA 2, ACC 0
Eat it, Packer!