Field Hockey 2014 Season Preview
Aug. 29, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. – The field hockey team’s high level of play during the 2013 season has earned BC a projected Atlantic Coast Conference fourth place finish in the 2014 preseason coaches poll. Facing a competitive ACC schedule amongst a well-rounded non-conference lineup, the Eagles went 12-8 in 2013.
This season, BC will be tested by another formidable conference schedule including NFHCA preseason ranked No. 2 North Carolina, No. 4 Duke, No. 5 Syracuse, and No. 6 Virginia.
“The ACC FH conference member schools always provide us with a fantastic opportunity to compete at the highest level in the country,” said head coach Ainslee Lamb.
In her 10th season at the helm, Lamb welcomes back 19 players from last season with the addition of six freshmen.
“It is exciting to add six great student-athletes to our team. They are certain to excel during their career at BC. Adding this talented group to the returning players has already brought a great combination of new and fresh outlook to a very veteran team. This class has already contributed to the growth of the team and we are very fortunate to have the leadership and guidance of the retuning players to mentor them every step of the way,” said Lamb.
Included in the group of veteran players on the 2014 squad is standout junior goalie Leah Settipane. Settipane started all 20 games last season, earning a .771 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average (GAA). At the end of the 2013 season, she ranked 19th nationally in saves per game. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Audra Hampsch showed strong play during the team’s preseason scrimmages against Boston University and UMass Lowell.
“The team returned to campus as one of the fittest teams we have had. Their preparation this summer both with their fitness and playing opportunities will no doubt impact our ability to start the 2014 season at a high level of play with elite expectations.
“Typically the players enjoy a high tempo style of play and this commitment to return in shape will allow an exciting approach to every game from the first whistle," Lamb said.
Strong defense in front of the net continues as seniors Sarah Hospodar and Nicole Morris return to the backfield this season. Joining the seniors are juniors Jordyn Hamilton and Jacqueline Kelleher and sophomore Alexa Brazauskas. The backs also welcome the addition of freshmn Justine Sheehan and Alyssa Olenick.
The middle of the field features plenty of seasoned talent, headlined by senior captain and 2013 All-American Emma Plasteras. Plasteras has been named to the preseason All-ACC team for the second year in a row. Sophomore Emily McCoy looks to continue the impact she had last season, scoring nine goals and second on the team with 22 points. Rounding out the midfield are seniors Abby Bascetta, Katlyn Soucy and Nina Baumberger Altirriba, junior Romée Stiekema, and freshmen Chelcie Mendonça and Alesandra Miller.
The team of 25 has eight forwards including captain AshLeigh Sebia, who tallied 18 points for the Eagles last season, and sophomore Eryn McCoy, who lead the team with 32 shots on goals. Joining on the attack is senior Hannah Nedeau, junior Kelcie Hromisin, sophomores Brittany Sheenan and Leah Frome, and freshmen Brooke Matherson and Philippa Cotter.
“The team embraces the #13CFH motto with complete focus and conviction to return this program to the NCAA tournament—a formidable goal with only the top 16 clubs in the country having such an honor. This will require vision with our aspirations combined with one-day-at-a-time mentality,” Lamb said.
Field hockey will begin the season on the road, playing three games away before the first home game. BC kicks off the season Friday Aug. 29 at Quinnipiac at 3 p.m. The Eagles continue play in Quinnipiac as the home team vs. Lafayette Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.
The Eagles’ home opener will be played Sep. 7 vs. University of Massachusetts at 3 p.m (MS Day). Alumni Weekend begins Sep. 12 when BC hosts cross-town opponent Boston University and ends with a game against University of Connecticut on Sep. 14. BC’s final home game vs. Virginia on Oct. 24 will honor the seven members of the senior class: Emma Plasteras, Abby Bascetta, Hannah Nedeau, Nina Baumberger Altirriba, Nicole Morris, Katlyn Soucy, and Sarah Hospodar.
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