BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State University field hockey (4-0) embarks on a road trip this weekend against two Pennsylvania opponents. The Mountaineers open the weekend against Saint Francis in Loretto, Pa., on Friday before closing out the weekend at Lock Haven on Sunday at noon.
About the Mountaineers
App State has opened 2019 with four-straight victories, marking the second time head coach Meghan Dawson has led her team to four-straight wins during her tenure. While App State’s defense allowed its first two goals of the season against Lafayette, junior Meghan Smart and freshman Sarah Farrell provided the answer on offense. Farrell’s first-career goal and Smart’s second two-goal game this season powered the Mountaineers to a 3-2 win over Lafayette. Smart’s second goal proved to be a game-winner, burying a strike into the opposing goal with less than four minutes remaining.
The Mountaineers then recorded their third shutout of the season in Sunday’s victory over Davidson. Sophomore Anna Smarrelli netted the first two goals of her career in the home opener, scoring App State’s first and second goals. Freshman Rachel Fleig also recorded the first goal of her career in the contest’s final minute, propelling the Black and Gold to a 3-0 win.
Smart and junior Annette Jarosz earned Mid-American Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week honors for their performances in Appalachian’s undefeated weekend. Jarosz notched the 12th defensive save of her career in the win over Davidson, tying her for first place in App State history for defensive saves in a career. Smart’s two-goal weekend helps her rank first in the MAC in goals (five), points (10), game-winning goals (three), goals per game (1.25) and goals per game (2.5).
Scouting Saint Francis (0-4)
Saint Francis opened 2019 with four-straight losses, which is their first four-game slide since 2017. The Red Flash dropped two games this past weekend, falling 4-3 in double overtime to Sacred Heart before losing to Fairfield 5-0. Saint Francis held a 3-1 lead over Sacred Heart entering the second half, but two second-half goals forced overtime. Senior Taylor Nesmith leads the Red Flash in multiple offensive categories, including goals (three), points (seven), shots (14) and shots on goal (10). Sophomore Agustina Deharbe and junior Abby Romig have also tallied goals for Saint Francis. Head coach Betta Ceretta enters her third season as Saint Francis’ head coach.
Scouting Lock Haven (2-2)
Lock Haven split its first four games of the season, recording one-goal victories over Bryant and Colgate. The Bald Eagles also registered one-score results in losses, falling 1-0 at home against Bucknell on Sept. 1 before dropping a 3-2 decision at Cornell in double overtime. Freshman Jazmin Palma leads the Bald Eagles in goals (two), points (6), shots (23) and shots on goal (nine). Six other student-athletes have also recorded points for Lock Haven. Sophomore goalkeeper Joaquina Orlandini has played every minute this season in the goal cage, making 15 saves while posting a .714 save percentage. Head coach Pat Rudy enters her 24th season as Lock Haven’s head coach, marking her 42nd season as a collegiate field hockey head coach.
Saint Francis –The Mountaineers are 0-5 against the Red Flash in five matchups since 2010. App State dropped a tight 3-2 decision in overtime this past season with Friederike Stegen and Veerle Van Heertum tallying goals for the Mountaineers. Brea Seabrook notched the game-winner for the Red Flash in overtime.
Lock Haven – Lock Haven has not allowed a goal to App State in three contests since 2010. The Mountaineers last faced the Bald Eagles in 2016, where Lock Haven notched a 3-0 victory in Boone. Rachel Gaines made eight stops for the Mountaineers in the goal cage while former Mountaineer Taylor Cimbalist led App State with five shots. The Bald Eagles also blanked Appalachian in 2015 and 2010.
The Mountaineers begin their longest home stand of the season when they host Ohio to open conference action. App State welcomes the Bobcats on Sept. 20 before hosting No. 1 North Carolina on Sept. 22.