Stockton, Calif. - The Pacific Field Hockey team will embark on a two-city, four game road swing to New England, starting on Thursday with a neutral site game against Vermont in Hanover, N.H. and culminating with a Sept. 9 contest at Dartmouth.
The Tigers took two 2013 NCAA tournament teams to the brink last weekend, falling 2-1 to both Liberty and No. 18 Delaware. The Tigers excelled on penalty corners, scoring on set pieces in both games. Junior midfielder Hannah Bettencourt led all Tigers with three points over the two games, assisting on a goal against Liberty and scoring an equalizer against Delaware. Elsewhere, sophomore forward Ali Campos was the goalscorer on Friday night and freshmen Savannah Burns and Cristina Castella picked up their first collegiate points. Sophomore goalkeeper Laura Pujade was admirable in goal, making 12 saves over the two game stretch.
The New England trip represents a chance for the Tigers to both gain experience and gain ground in the NorPac East. The Tigers start with Vermont (0-2) on Thursday at 9:30 am. The Catamounts went winless in 2013, but have revamped their coaching staff, led by head coach Kate Pfeifer, and added 12 newcomers.
Next, on Friday at 9:30 am is conference foe Appalachian State (1-1, 0-0 NorPac East). The Mountaineers, 2-14 a year ago, opened up their new on-campus turf facility with a win against Georgetown on Aug. 29, but fell to Ball State on Sunday. Taylor Cimbalist leads the squad with two goals so far while Hannah French and Dana Wetmore have each added two assists. The Tigers are 8-1 all time against Appalachian State.
On Sunday at 12:00 pm, the Tigers travel to Boston for a matchup with the Boston University Terriers (1-1). The Terriers split two contests last weekend, falling in overtime to No. 14 Northwestern while besting Ohio. Sofi Laurito and Hester van deer Laan have a pair of goals each to lead the team while Amanda Cassera and Sara Martineau have added one apiece.
On Sept. 9, at 8:30 am, Pacific travels back to Hanover to take on Dartmouth (0-0) . The Big Green have yet to play a contest in 2014, opening up the campaign on Friday against Northwestern. Ali Savage led all returners with 15 goals and nine assists last season.
Following the trip, the Tigers will come home and open the 2014 home campaign with the first game at the new on-campus turf facility on Friday Sept. 12 against Albany.