Field Hockey Wins Home Opener 3-1
DAVIDSON — The Davidson field hockey team struck twice in a span of 1:54 in the third quarter Sunday to pull away from Bellarmine and notch a 3-1 victory at Belk Turf Field.
That the two-goal spurt came moments after the Knights had tied the game was significant for Davidson coach Zoe Almquist, who saw her team respond.
“The way we’re figuring out how to fight every day is really inspiring to me,” she said. “That’s a huge transition for our team. We’re in a good mental space going into the next segment of the season. It was a great way to start off our homestand and a good set up for conference play.”
The Wildcats (2-3) totaled 16 corner attempts, following the 18 of last week’s game against Hofstra, and scored off the 12th one, when Anna Sharp scored off an assist from Charlie Kabelac at the 26:07 mark.
“It’s really exciting to see,” said Almquist. “It’s an indication of the attack we’ve been able to generate.”
Just as pleasing to Almquist was the fact the Wildcats did not allow a goal off 10 Bellarmine corner attempts.
“It’s really a testament to the work our defensive unit has put in,” she said.
Then 3:28 into the third, Natalie Naticchia scored on an assist from Pompeo.
SUNDAY WAS THE BLACK LIVES MATTER GAME
Sunday’s game was played in honor of Black Lives Matter. The Wildcats have been in a long process of education and self-growth in pursuit of supporting their community and have chosen to support the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson and the Black Field Hockey Network, which works to expand the visibility of Black people throughout the field hockey world.
The Wildcats are encouraging fans to visit the Ada Jenkins website here for more information or to contribute. Supporters can learn about the Black Field Hockey Network via its social network pages.
Atlantic 10 play begins next week, as the Wildcats will host UMass Friday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m.