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Field Hockey Hosts Richmond in A-10 Opener Friday

by | Sep 14, 2023

The ‘Cats return to Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field for their A10 opener Friday.


Morgan’s Message Game: The Davidson field hockey team is dedicating Friday’s game to the life and legacy of Morgan Rodgers, a former Duke University lacrosse student-athlete who died tragically in July 2019 after battling mental health struggles. Morgan’s Message was created by her family and former teammates with the mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health, normalize the conversations about mental health and ensure that mental health is treated equally to physical health for all student-athletes. For more information on Morgan’s life and legacy and how you can help those with mental health struggles, please visit here 

After six non-conference games to start the season, the Davidson field hockey team will open Atlantic 10 play Friday evening when the Richmond Spiders visit.

Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field, and the matchup starts a stretch in which the Wildcats will play six of their next seven at home. That also includes a Sunday morning matchup with non-conference foe Lindenwood.

Davidson enters the weekend 2-4, after falling 3-2 to Bellarmine in double overtime in its last outing.

Abby Pompeo leads the Wildcats with three goals, including two in the Sept. 1 win over Queens and one against Bellarmine. She’s tied for fifth in the A-10 in scoring.

Wildcats Hannah Merritt, Sib Naaktgeboren and Macy Curtis have scored two goals apiece. Naaktgeboren leads the A-10 with 3.80 shots per game and is third with 2.20 shots-on-goal per game.  

Richmond enters 3-3 with wins over James Madison, Georgetown and UC Davis and losses to Longwood, American and Stanford.

Most recently, the Spiders won 2-1 at UC Davis last Sunday, scoring two goals in a nine-minute span.

Kaitlyn Csensits leads Richmond with three goals, while Madi Hyatt, Stevie Drum and Jess McMeeking have scored two apiece.

Richmond has won the last eight games in the series, with Davidson’s last win against the Spiders coming in 2015.

Following Friday’s game, the Wildcats will host non-conference foe Lindenwood on Sunday morning.

Lindenwood, which began its transition from Division II to Division I last year, is 0-3 as it enters Friday’s road game at nearby Queens.

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