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Field hockey’s successes continue with first win

Liz Levey, ‘Doah Staff Writer
September 4, 2013

'Doah photo courtesy of SU Athletics

‘Doah photo courtesy of SU Athletics

Heading up to the stadium for a 6 a.m. practice the field hockey team doesn’t know what to expect. “Each practice is different, you never know what we are going to work on,” said junior Sarah Wohld.

This year the Hornets received their third head coach in school history, Ashley Smeltzer. Introduced in February of this year, Smeltzer joined the Hornets after coaching for five years at University of Rochester. Smeltzer played at Michigan State University, and worked as a student assistant coach while there.

Smeltzer describes her coaching style as engaging. “I will talk about the drill and have them run it. I am a big believer in them figuring out the drill, they need to have the skills to win, I’m not going to be on the field with them.”

S.U. field hockey is coming off one of the best seasons in program history. They had 11 wins in the regular season and gained a spot in the ODAC tournament before ultimately falling against Lynchburg College to second round.

Smeltzer believes that the transition to a new coach won’t hurt the team’s progress. “They have tasted post-season play, the fire is there to get back.”

Another difference is that the club has a smaller team. Liz Grover, a senior on the team, said, “We only have 16 girls so we won’t have a lot of subs but that will only make us stronger.” Sophomore Katelyn Gregory describes the team as “small but mighty.”

Team chemistry is a must in any sport and Smeltzer says that it is one of the qualities she loves about this squad. “I think the girls have really bonded and get along so well that it has transferred onto the field.”

With a high scoring win in the season opener against Wilson and the taste of an ODAC tournament still lingering, the Hornets hope to have support from the S.U. community. Grover wants to see more fans in the stands. “We love having fans cheering us on. Even if you have never seen a field hockey game before and know nothing about the sport it’s an exciting game to watch.” You can see the Hornets at home on Saturday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m. at Shentel Stadium.

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