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The Wilkes University field hockey team will begin their 2007 campaign on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Moravian College for a non-conference game at 1 p.m.
Head coach Sara Myers has 19 players returning from last season’s team that fashioned an overall record of 9-9. Included among the returnees are the squad’s top eight scorers from a season ago.
Junior Devon McKay and senior Lauren Risser lead the group of players at forward. McKay led the team in points last season with eight goals and five assists, while Risser was the team’s top goal scorer after netting nine goals and handing out one helper. Junior Alyssa Koncelik ranked third on the team with five goals and two assists and sophomore Jennifer Keegan was fourth with three goals and four assists.
Senior Lindsay Thomas, who had three goals and one assist, junior Alex Ingram, who contributed two goals and two helpers, and sophomore Stacy Malia, who had one assist, are also back at the forward position. Freshmen who will vie for time include Nicole Persing, Angela Passamonte, Kelsey Fetsko and Alyson Paulauskas.
Senior Carrie Stolarick, who was a first team All-Freedom Conference selection last year, is one of five veterans back in the midfield. Stolarick had one goal last season. Junior Diana Wright ranked fifth on the team in scoring with four goals and one assist in 2006. Sophomore Amanda Tilley, who had two goals and four assists, sophomore Kendall Billig and sophomore Brittany Sines round out of the group of veterans. Freshman Rachel Cannuli will also push for playing time in the midfield.
Five experienced players return on defense, including second team All-Freedom Conference honoree junior Kristina Naveira. She is joined on defense by junior Kerry Battersby, and sophomores Kim Baldino, Erica Sundberg and Aundrea Robertson. Freshman who could figure into the mix defensively are Aubrey Madara and Cassandra Palmer.
Sophomores Julia Smith and Serena Eber will battle it out for the starting position in goal. Smith played in nine contests, including eight as a starter last season. She came up with 42 saves and had a 2.00 goals against average. Eber saw action in five games and had six saves and a 2.05 goals against average.