2019 NEAC Field Hockey Preseason Preview

2019 NEAC Field Hockey Preseason Preview

LATHAM, N.Y. - Four teams will compete in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) during the 2019 season in the sport of field hockey with defending champion Keuka College setting its sights on a third-straight conference title. While all four teams will play a NEAC schedule, Morrisville State will also play in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) and Lancaster Bible will begin its first season as an associate member of the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC).

Full Schedule

Keuka College
Head Coach: Erika Profenno, 2nd season
2018-19 Record:
6-11 Overall, 3-0 NEAC
2018-19 Postseason:
NEAC Champions, Advanced to NEAC/CSAC Crossover Tournament Semifinals
Key Returners/Players to Watch:
Nicole Wilson, Shelby Lamb, Taylor Lessard, Emily Stallone, Kassidy Valentine
Key Losses:
Alyssa Orsino
Coach's Season Outlook:
Keuka College continues the development of the field hockey program, now in its fifth year. The Wolves are coming off of two straight conference titles and Head Coach Erika Profenno now has a full recruiting class to join the team, adding to the depth and talent. Keuka returns four of the top five scorers in program history to the team.

Lancaster Bible
Head Coach:
Becky Elliott, 2nd season
2018-19 Record:
 0-13 Overall, 0-3 NEAC
2018-19 Postseason:
N/A
Key Returners:
Senior - Nina Statuti; Juniors - Corryn Wolgemuth, Nicole DeKok; Sophomore - Blessing Bowman
Players to Watch:
Junior - Brooke Sareyka; Sophomore - Cassidy Snedeker; Freshmen - Macy Balmer, Chloe Yablonski
Key Losses:
Erika Cullum
Coach's Season Outlook:
Lancaster Bible is set for its second year of field hockey, as the Chargers have added solid recruits in Balmer and Yablonski, and will look for continued growth from NEAC All-Conference player Blessing Bowman, as well as Nicole DeKok and Corryn Wolgemuth. The Chargers will also be members of the CSAC this season, and believe a strong non-conference schedule will prepare them for both NEAC and CSAC play.

Morrisville State
Head Coach:
Jennifer Koller, 2nd Season
2018-19 Record:
4-13 Overall, 2-1 NEAC
2018-19 Postseason:
L, 2-1 Penn College in NEAC Quarterfinals
Key Returners/Players to Watch:
Heather Cummings - Forward; Morgan Dueber - Goalkeeper; Grace Hanehan - Midfield
Key Losses:
Haley Evarts - Midfield/Defense; Emilee Thibeau - Defense
Coach's Season Outlook:
With many new faces gracing the Morrisville squad, the team is young, but adds talent that will assist in leading them forward in the upcoming season. A balanced non-conference schedule will help prepare for conference play.

Wells College
Head Coach:
Jessica Galatioto, 1st Season
2018-19 Record:
1-14 Overall, 1-2 NEAC
2018-19 Postseason:
Lost 5-0 at Keuka College in NEAC Championship, NEAC Runner-Up
Key Returners/Players to Watch:
Abby Gilson (All-NEAC 2018), Whitney Coleman (All-NEAC 2018), Mollie Walts (leading scorer in 2018)
Key Losses:
Allison Solomon (goalkeeper), Ivy Cromp (four-year starter at D/M)
Coach's Season Outlook:
Wells returns eight players with varsity field hockey experience, and seven returning starters. Abby Gilson is a top defender for the Express and a veteran midfield crew includes Whitney Coleman and Caitlin Lawrence. Mollie Walts and Chloe Marcus bolster the attack unit. First-year coach Jessica Galatioto has recruited several newcomers to the Wells roster.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Morrisville State, Penn College, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Poly, and Wells College. Associate members are: Alfred State (M Lacrosse), Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), College of Saint Elizabeth (M Tennis & M Volleyball), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), SUNY Potsdam (M Volleyball) and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has also partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and women’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.