FAIRFIELD, CT (August 29, 2013) - The 2013 Sacred Heart field hockey season gets underway this weekend with a pair of stops on the road at Towson and Villanova. Third-year head coach Katie Kloeckener has a young and talented group set to take the field this fall that features 11 freshman.
Even though the Pioneers will have plenty of rookies in 2013, Coach Kloeckner can rely on a experienced group of upperclassman to lead the way. Senior midfielder Jen O'Malley (Boston, MA) and r-sophomore forward Liz Bergman (Blandon, PA) will captain the Pioneers this fall.
O'Malley played in all 17 games in 2012, earning four starting assignments. Bergman was the team leader with 12 points last season, scoring five goals with a pair of assists. Bergman provided the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Harvard early on last season.
Junior Sarah Bergman (Blandon, PA) was a mainstay in the SHU midfield, starting 16 games. She totalled three goals and led the team with four assists last year. She assisted on a pair of goals in a 3-1 win against Towson in the 2012 season-opener and scored both goals in a 2-1 win over UC Davis.
Sophomore forward Christine Mace (Norwalk, CT) returns to the line-up after playing in all 17 games as a rookie last fall. Mace finished the season with seven points on three goals and an assist. She ended the season on a high note with a pair of scores in a 5-1 win over Siena. Seniors Stephanie Frye (Walpole, MA) and Melinda Feyko (Morrisville, PA) will add depth to the SHU offense. Frye scored twice and assisted on two other goal in 16 games of action in 2012 while Feyko played in all 17 games and scored her lone goal of the year in a 4-0 win at Lehigh.
Defensively, the Pioneers return sophomore Mary Altepeter (Chesterfield, MO) to goal this season. Altepeter was named to the Preseason All-MAAC team earlier this month. She saw the majority of minutes in goal last season, posting a 2.00 goals against average with 110 saves. She was fifth in the NEC last season in both categories and ranked third among league leaders with a .759 save percentage.
The Pioneers will compete in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) during their inaugural season in 2013. SHU along with Rider, Quinnipiac, Monmouth, Robert Morris, Bryant and Siena make up the league. Sacred Heart is coming off a season where they finished 6-10 overall but just 1-6 in conference play.
The MAAC schedule gets under way on October 13th at Quinnipiac. SHU will also travel to Monmouth, Rider and Bryant while hosting Robert Morris and Siena in conference play. The 2013 MAAC Championship will be held on November 8th and 9th at Rider University.