Field Hockey 2016-2017 Season Preview

McDaniel Field Hockey started strong last season, winning all five of their preseason games against non-Conference opponents. The team outscore opponents 19-2 during that span with two seven goal games.

Despite this strong start, Conference play saw an uphill battle throughout the remainder of the season. The Terror won only three against Centennial opponents, dropping seven.

The victories came against Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore, and Washington (Md.), all in late-season play.

In Conference games they won, McDaniel outscored opponents 15-3. Conference losses saw a margin of 34-12 against the Terror.

Ursinus proved to be the most trouble, shutting out McDaniel 7-0 on Terror turf in early October.

McDaniel ended the season ninth in the Conference, above only Swarthmore and Bryn Mawr.

Then-sophomore Gabrielle Yore led the team with 19 goals in 17 games, with five assists.

Junior Haley VanNostrand topped the boards with nine assists, adding four goals of her own.

Then-first-year Christina Gooding started all 17 games for the Terror, saving 104 goals while allowing 49. Gooding held opponents to three shutouts, two of which were on the road.

This season, Field Hockey stands at 1-4 after finishing pre-season non-Conference play on Tuesday.

The lone win came in overtime on September 3 at home against Frostburg, 4-3. After three unanswered goals by the Bobcats, the Terror responded with late-game goals from Yore (2) and first-year Mary Guest. Senior Sarah Bach ended overtime with an unassisted goal to give McDaniel the win.

York (Pa.), Shenandoah, Rhodes, and Susquehanna combined to outscore the Terror 17-5 in their four losses.

McDaniel will commence Centennial action on Friday at home against Muhlenberg (4-0) at 7:00 p.m.

The Mules held the Terror to a lone goal in a 3-1 win last season when McDaniel opened Conference play on the road in Allentown.

Home games against Franklin & Marshall, Washington and Lee, Swarthmore, and Johns Hopkins later this season are poised to set ups and downs for McDaniel. The team will finish Conference play on the road at Washinton (Md.) on October 29 after the two month season.

Until then, captains Bach and Yore will look to lead the Terror on a successful season and a high rank in the Centennial Conference standings behind coaching from Melissa Miranda Jones, all starting Friday.