Field Hockey Opens Friday Against Georgetown
To continue its climb in the always-challenging Atlantic 10 Conference, the Davidson field hockey team is focused on the process.
The Wildcats open the 2022 campaign against Georgetown at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Belk Turf Field, and coach Zoe Almquist says staying in the moment each day, each practice, each play of each game, will get the Wildcats where they’re going.
“What can we do right now to help us be the best version of ourselves?” says Almquist, who enters her fourth season. “I do think we’re improving a lot, and this group is really a pleasure to coach, so it’s awesome.”
Throughout the offseason, the Wildcats analyzed their team culture and self-assessed on the individual and team fronts. Having open, honest conversations about where they have been, where they are and where they want to go has paid dividends.
“It’s helped us meet ourselves where we are and has helped us move forward,” says Almquist. “Are we doing to process the right way? Having that tone set properly for our culture, for our buy-in and for a process we’re following, it’s fulfilling for this group.”
The Wildcats return multiple key players this fall, including senior midfielder Anna Sharp, who led the team with five goals a year ago and senior forward Natalie Naticchia, who scored three goals. Sophomore midfielder Macy Curtis and senior back Caroline Wack return after tying for the team lead with four assists in 2021, and junior Charlie Kabelac is back to anchor the midfield.
Curtis, who also scored two goals last season, was an A-10 All-Rookie Team pick in 2021. Wack played the most of any Wildcat a year ago, logging 1,079 minutes, and she’s made 48 career starts. She’ll be reunited this season on the back line by Sarah Minges, who has returned from injury.
The Wildcats expect to get a boost from a freshman class of eight.