Upper Dublin Field Hockey Preview

UPPER DUBLIN FIELD HOCKEY PREVIEW

Coach:  HEATHER BOYER (13th season)

Assistant coaches:  LEANNE JONES, ALAYNA DEVLIN, PATTI GREENWOOD, CAITLIN BROWN

Last year's record:  14-6 Overall (9-5 in SOL American - 2nd place);  Advanced to the second round of District I Playoffs

Notable losses:  SHANNON BRISOCE (Right Back)

Key returners:

1.  Brooke Callahan - Senior - Centerback

2.  Sarah Carroll - Senior - Forward/Back

3.  Kelly Cross - Senior - Center Midfield

4.  Emily Hitchings - Senior - Center Forward

5.  Anna Lauer - Senior - Midfield/Back

6.  Megan Rock - Right Midfielder

7.  Stephanie Speese - Left Midfielder

8.  Marie Wheatley - Forward

9.  Samantha Boyd - Junior - Forward

10.  Sydney Lang - Junior - Sweeper

11.  Dana Russell - Junior - Goalie

12.  Jennifer Harchut - Sophomore - Back/Midfield

Others to watch:  Alycia Hildebrand - Sophomore - Forward; Taylor Morgan - Senior - Midfield/Defense

Strengths: Experience; 12 players return to this year's line-up with significant playing time at the Varsity level last year

Outlook: Being a contender for the SOL American Title is one of the top goals, competing deep into the District I playoffs is also another realistic goal.  We are very excited for the level of talent and ability we have in a variety of players, as well as the depth in each position.  Our competitive non-league schedule will help UD tune up for tough games during the regular season against Wissahickon and PW, as well as for playoffs.  A number of players also had a great experience with making it into the state playoffs for lacrosse last year (Cross, Hitchings, Callahan, Lauer, Rock, Speese, Boyd, Hildebrand & Russell), so although it is a different sport, having the experience of being part of a competitive, winning tradition is key.  Also - another note of importance - EMILY HITCHINGS verbally committed to play field hockey at Bucknell University next year.