Field hockey NCAA opening round preview
Hamilton College travels to the College of Wooster to take on Wooster in a 2009 NCAA Division III field hockey tournament first round game at Andrew Turf Field at John P. Papp Stadium on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m.
Hamilton received one of the six at-large bids to the 24-team tournament after the Continentals tied for first in the Liberty League standings during the regular season and advanced to the finals of the league tournament. Hamilton, which is making its first appearance in the NCAA championships, has set a team record for wins in one season with 12. The Continentals are led by Colleen Callaghan '11, who is tied for second on the program's all-time list with 25 goals, tied for first with 24 assists and ranks second with 74 points.
Wooster is 1-7 in seven previous trips to the NCAA tournament. However, the Fighting Scots haven't hosted a game in the championships before Wednesday. Wooster enters the NCAA tournament on a six-game win streak. That streak includes a pair of victories in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament, which the Scots won Saturday for the second year in a row to earn the automatic bid. Wooster is led by two-time All-America forward Amanda Artman, who ranks fourth in Division III in goals and points per game.
These two teams have never played each other. The winner sets up a date with nationally ranked No. 2 Salisbury University in the second round in Salisbury, Md., on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m.
A capsule look at both teams may be found below.
THE COLLEGE OF WOOSTER FIGHTING SCOTS
Location: Wooster, Ohio
Overall record: 16-5
Home record: 10-1
Conference: North Coast Athletic Conference
Conference record (finish): 10-2 (tied for first)
How they reached the NCAA tournament: Defeated Ohio Wesleyan, 1-0, in NCAC tournament final
Head coach: Brenda Meese, 19th year at Wooster, 232-128-4 (356-191-10 overall)
NCAA tournament appearances (last): Eighth (2008)
NCAA tournament record: 1-7
Goals scored: 79
Goals allowed: 39
Leading goal scorers: Amanda Artman ’10 (28), Eileen Barrer ’11 (13), Brittany Montgomery ’10 (10).
Assist leaders: Artman (9), Stephanie Standera ’11 (6), Barrer (6).
Starting goalie: Madalyn Myers ‘12 (1.85 gaa, .791 save pct., 16-5 record, 2 sho)
HAMILTON COLLEGE CONTINENTALS
Location: Clinton, N.Y.
Overall record: 12-4
Road record: 4-3
Conference: Liberty League
League record (finish): 6-1 (tied for first)
How they reached the NCAA championships: Received at-large bid
Head coach: Gillian McDonald, fourth year at Hamilton, 29-30
NCAA tournament appearances: First
NCAA tournament record: 0-0
Goals scored: 44
Goals allowed: 25
Leading goal scorers: Colleen Callaghan ’11 (11), Mary Lancaster ’12 (7), Amy Allen ’10 (7)
Assist leaders: Callaghan (7), Erin McNally ’12 (6)
Starting goalie: Courtney DeMaria ’10 (1.54 gaa, .781 save pct., 12-4 record, 5 sho)