Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Wooster Takes on No.16 Stevens in First Round of NCAA Division III Tourney

The College of Wooster Fighting Scots will take on the #16 ranked Stevens Institute of Technology out of New Jersey in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championship today at 3:00 ET PM. Wooster clinched its first conference playoff championship last week by defeating tough NCAC foe Kenyon 3-0. (check out pictures from the game:

The Scots will be making their first appearance to the big dance since 2001 and will look to continue this great season they have enjoyed so far. Behind the leadership and great play of NCAC playoff tournament MVP Amanda Artman who broke the NCAC’s single-season scoring record with 69 points (28 goals, 13 assists) that was previously set by Denison great Meg Filoon in 1984 (65 points on 29 goals and seven assists), Wooster has recorded an impressive 16-5 overall record, 11-1 in the NCAC. Artman ranks fifth in NCAA Div. III in scoring (3.29 ppg), eighth in goals (1.32 gpg), and 11th in assists (0.68 apg). Tag teaming on the offensive side of the ball will be a sophomore three headed monster of Eileen Bareer, Nina Dine, and Briana Lynch.

One of the key reasons the Scots have enjoyed such an amazing season, has been the stellar defensive play of the Black and Gold. Heading up the defense this season have been senior captains Brittany Montgomery and Anna Hurley, who has notched impressive 5 defensive saves. The upperclassmen experience also added by Katie Valora has helped a stingy defense to a second overall defensive rank in the conference with an impressive 1.67 goals against average. Mining the net for the Scots along this journey to the playoffs has been freshman standout Madalyn Myers '12, who has posted impressive conference fifth best 5.53 saves per game average and an impeccable .789 goals against average. Her seven saves in the championship game, notched her a spot on the All-NCAC Tournament team along with Artman, Montgomery, and Hurley.

The Scots will have their work cut out for them to say the least in this afternoons contest in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Scots will battle the Ducks home field advantage as their look to continue the magical season that has been built on the backs of strong upperclassmen leadership, impressive play from a few newcomers, but more importantly a team relationship that is not paralleled by many. To see a preview of the game you can check out Make sure to take a look at for updated play-by-play states on the Stevens website Good luck girls, and Go Scots!

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