Pacific Field Hockey Heads East For Games At Brown, Providence, and Bryant
Stockton, Calif. – The Pacific Field Hockey team prepares for an East Coast trip that includes games at Brown, Providence and Bryant. Action begins Friday, September 9 on Brown's Warner Field at 1:00 P.M. PST. Then the Tigers take to the turf against Providence September 11 for a contest beginning at 9:00 A.M. PST. Finally, Pacific concludes its tour of Rhode Island with a 9:00 A.M. PST game against Bryant on Monday, September 12.
Pacific (0-2) field hockey returns to the field after dropping its home opener to California on September 3. However, the Orange and Black recovered quickly as they played extremely well in their annual Alumni Game the following day. Tarah Trotter, Dinah Compton and Maggie Grindatti all tallied goals in the 3-0 victory. The offense will have to continue its aggressive attack during the East Coast swing, and head coach Linda MacDonald realizes it saying, "in practice we have focused on our offensive system. We are working on getting shots off once we have reached our opponents defense, and that will lead to more goal scoring."
The progress during the Alumni Game was important, and MacDonald was happy with her team's momentum before leaving saying; "the team is excited to get there, and has a really positive attitude after the game Sunday." However, she is prepared for the competition ahead adding, "we are playing three teams that will be a challenge, but we will definitely compete if we can translate our strides in practice to the game.
The Tigers look for big games from goalkeeper Ashlee Schlesier. In two games the junior has 22 saves in 105 minutes of action. After her 15 save performance on August 26 against UC Davis, Ashlee was named NorPac Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week.
The Brown Bears (1-1) are coming off a 3-2 victory against NorPac Conference foe UC Davis on September 4. The Bears feature goalkeeper Shannon McSweeney in the cage. She has sixteen saves in two games, playing all 140 minutes for Brown.
Providence (0-3) returns to the turf after dropping its last game 6-1 to New Hampshire. The Friars showcase Kathi Weidman in goal, she has 15 saves, but has allowed 11 goals in over 161 minutes of play.
The Bulldogs (0-3) are coming off a 3-1 loss to the hands of UC Davis. Bryant freshman Rosie Bird has four goals on nine shots in three games. The Bulldogs keeper Jennifer Gullotti has recorded 14 saves, allowing 12 goals in over 182 minutes in the cage.
Pacific returns to Brookside Field to continue NorPac Conference play September 17 at 1:00 PM against Stanford.