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Davidson Field Hockey Welcomes Georgetown for Home Opener

by | Aug 22, 2018 | Sports

Members of the 2017 Davidson College Field Hockey team following one of the team’s Senior Day win over St. Louis.

DAVIDSON, N.C. — For the seventh time in the last eight seasons, Davidson field hockey begins its 2018 campaign facing off against Georgetown. The Hoyas will take on the ‘Cats Friday, August 24, at Belk Turf Field at 5:30 p.m. Davidson remains at home for its first five contests of the year, also hosting Towson, Rider, LIU Brooklyn, and Appalachian State.

Fans can follow the action via the live stat links provided, as well as the @DCFH Twitter account. Admission to all home games is free.

The Wildcats celebrate a goal during the 2017 season.

The Wildcats are looking to return to the Atlantic 10 Tournament for the first time since 2015, the same season that 12th-year lead Ginny Turner was named Coach of the Year. The ‘Cats return a strong group of veterans, led by 2017 All-Conference selection Courtney Byler. Byler has ranked in the Top Five in the nation the past two seasons in defensive saves, setting a single-season record for both d-saves and assists.

Joining Turner on the sidelines are third-year assistants Caitlin Walsh, a former standout defender at Old Dominion, and DCFH alum Sarah Fisher, who works primarily with goalkeepers.

The ‘Cats return six starters from 2017, including Byler and goalkeeper Sarah Zeszotarski, who ranked nationally in save percentage (.726) and set a program record for single-game saves when she tallied 20 on the road last year at No. 17 William & Mary. The squad boasts six seniors and four juniors to add a wealth of experience, and welcomes six newcomers, including transfer Valerie Hajek from Towson.

The Wildcats play a program-record 12 home games this season, including hosting 2017 A-10 Champions Saint Joseph’s and nationally ranked William & Mary.

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