Field hockey team looks for ODAC redemption

The Randolph-Macon athletic com­munity is excited to see how the women’s field hockey team will do this year.

After finishing 6-2 in the ODACs in the 2013 season, the team advanced to the championship round of the ODAC playoffs where they lost to Lynchburg College by two.

However, the end of the season gave the lady Yellow Jackets plenty of momentum, push and aspiration coming into the 2014 season.

Losing to Lynchburg College in the final round of the ODAC playoffs by just a small margin is not an unfamiliar occurrence for the team.

In fact, last year marked the fourth year in a row they came up short in the final round. For the five seniors on the roster, this season marks their final chance to capture that long-awaited ODAC championship.

Coming into this year, the team had only lost three seniors. However, they are still working off of a young roster.

Currently, the roster consists of five seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and eight freshmen. While the team is stacked with experience, it is also looking to the future with a big recruitment class.

Currently, the team sits 0-5 on the season with some close losses to some competitive out-of-conference teams.

So far, the team has scored at least once in every game and has not suffered a loss by more than a margin of two goals. They also have scored in every game thus far.

Seniors and co-captains for the 2014 sea­son Catherine Pricone and Olivia Newman said they are excited and confident when anticipating the rest of the season.

“We have played some hard out-of-conference teams that are ranked pretty high in the nation,” Pricone said, “so our record does not exactly speak for how much we are improving as a team.”

Even though they did not receive the start they were hoping for, the women’s field hockey team has not taken their eye off the ultimate prize.

“We are really focused this year on work­ing as hard as we can and winning an ODAC championship,” Pricone said.

Pricone and Newman also both com­mented on the team cohesion and how this year is different than years past.

“This is the closest our team as a whole has been in the past four years,” Newman said. Pricone added that everyone is “close friends off of the field” which she stated is “very important and unique.”

Additionally, both captains spoke highly of their coaching staff. In one word, New­man described the coaching staff as “awe­some” and explained that Coach Carper is the team’s “mom away from home.”

The women’s field hockey team is back in action in the upcoming weeks.

On Sept. 27, they are traveling to Roa­noke to play their first conference game. Shortly after, they host another conference team, Shenandoah, at home on Oct. 1.

-Becca Ream ’16, Senior Sports Editor

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