Field hockey earns co-West Division Championship
Back in the fall, the Pacific field hockey team completed a very successful 2015 campaign by raising an America East West Division Championship banner at the Spanos Center. Pacific shared the championship with Stanford, against whom they could not quite finish out during the last game of the regular season, falling 2-1 in a hard-fought match. The Tigers went 11-8 on the season, including postseason play, which tied the 2004 and 2006 Tiger squads for the most wins in program history.
Following the conclusion of the regular season, the Tigers competed in the America East Conference Tournament. After beating New Hampshire 2-1 in the first round, the Tigers fell to No. 8 Albany in the quarterfinals. Although the Tigers were not able to bring home a conference championship, they still made the University extremely proud by putting together the program’s first winning season in a decade.
The team also received a number of honors from the America East Conference. Midfielder Savannah Burns ‘18 earned First Team All-Conference honors, as well the Defensive Player of the Year award. Defender Kelsey Gulledge ‘16, forward Alicia Muiños ‘18 and goalkeeper Laura Pujade ‘17 each made Second Team All-Conference honors. Forward Rylee Comeau ‘19 and midfielder Justine Van Lathem ‘19 both earned spots on the All-Freshman Team, and midfielder Hannah Bettencourt ‘16 made the All-Academic Team.
“We have had a good season, and we have laid some good blocks on which to build on,” Head Coach Andy Smith told Pacific Athletic Relations following the loss to Albany. “I’d like to thank the seniors who have given everything over my first three years, and it’s fitting that we have won a championship in their final year.”
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