Tuesday, September 6, 2016

GAME PREVIEW: #8 Field Hockey Hosts #1 East Stroudsburg In Home Opener Tuesday

Photo Courtesy of Bloomsburg University Athletics
Eighth-ranked Bloomsburg will host the defending PSAC Champions, and Division II National Champions, in top-ranked East Stroudsburg on Tuesday in the home opener for the Huskies. Despite both teams coming from the PSAC, the contest is a non-conference tilt. The teams will play their conference matchup in East Stroudsburg on October 4.

Bloomsburg split a pair of road contests over the weekend while the Warriors started the season with two road victories. East Stroudsburg return to the scene of its first-ever National Championship last November with the trip to Steph Pettit Stadium.

Bloomsburg owns the all-time series against East Stroudsburg, 46-9-0. The Warriors, however, have won three straight and four of the last five meetings between the two schools. Last season, East Stroudsburg outscored Bloomsburg, 5-0, in a pair of shutout victories over the Huskies.

The Huskies, ranked eighth in the Penn Monto/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) preseason poll, split a pair of road contests to open the 2016 season last weekend. Bloomsburg handled seventh-ranked Adelphi, 5-1, in the season opener on Friday, September 2, before falling in overtime, 1-0, at Pace on Saturday, September 3. Senior forward Sam Peters (Harrisburg, Pa./Mifflin County) scored a natural hat trick in the win over Adelphi on Friday. She became the first Huskies' player since Whitney Kowski (Washington, NJ/Warren Hills Regional) (September 7, 2014 at Newberry) to record three goals in a game. Senior Peyton Shockley (Milford, Del./Milford) and sophomore Morgan McAllister (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) also scored in the victory. Peters leads Bloomsburg in goals (3), points (6), shots (11), and shots on goal (10) through two games. Senior goalkeeper Lindsay Cassel (Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) played both games in goal and allowed two goals on eleven shots (.818 save percentage). She has a 0.97 goals against average.

The Warriors enter the season with the target on their back after winning the program's first-ever National Championship last season. East Stroudsburg began its title defense with a 4-2 road win at fourth-ranked Merrimack on Friday, September 2, before holding off fifth-ranked Stonehill, 2-1, on Saturday, September 3. Robin Stevenson paces the Warriors with three goals and one assist for seven points through the first two games. Paige Harrold chipped in with a goal and two assists while Makenna Marhefka and Karisa Turner added a goal apiece in the two games. Goalkeeper Danielle Ard played both games and allowed three goals on fifteen shots (.800 save percentage). She enters with a 1.93 goals against average.

The Huskies will play their next four games on the road beginning with a weekend trip to Kentucky on Saturday, September 10 and Sunday, September 11. Bloomsburg will play at Bellarmine on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. before playing a neutral contest against Queens Unviersity of Charlotte in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

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#1 East Stroudsburg (2-0, 0-0 PSAC) at #8 Bloomsburg (1-1, 0-0 PSAC)
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 4:00 p.m.
Steph Pettit Stadium (#HuskyFirst event)

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