Conference Tournament Up Next For #24 Tigers

Axelle Steffen
Axelle Steffen

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Pacific field hockey team travels to Lowell, Mass. to begin the America East Conference tournament on Friday at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The duel will be streamed live on AE.TV and can be found on PacificTigers.com.

The Tigers finished the regular season 9-8 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while boasting an America East West Division title for the third straight year. With the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, the Tigers remained at No. 24 for the last week of the regular season.

On a national look, the Tigers dominated in assists ranking seventh and first in the conference averaging 2.88 assists per game. The Tigers also rank first in the conference in goals per game (3.00), penalty corners per game (6.65), points per game (8.88) and scoring average (2.96).

Sophomore Ash Rutherford ranks 16th in the nation in assists and first in the conference, while Kriekie van Wyk ranks 14th in the nation and sits atop the conference in points per game with an average of 2.24. Burns and van Wyk also sit in the top 25 in goals per game with van Wyk averaging 0.94 goals and Burns averaging 0.82 goals.

In Pacific's last outing, their offense came alive as van Wyk netted three goals for her third hat trick of the season, while Savannah Burns notched four goals and an assist to top the Colgate Warriors, 7-1. With Burns' nine points, she crossed the 100-career point mark making her the second highest point scorer in Pacific history with a total of 108 points. She also tied the program record for most goals scored in a single game, with four.

The Orange and Black look ahead to face-off with Maine, who finished the regular season 12-5 and 6-2 in the East Division. During the season, Maine had a mutual matchup with No. 12 Stanford, losing to the Cardinal 4-1. Last year, the Blackbears fell in the first round against California, 3-2 after clinching an East Division title.

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