If you've missed the first two weeks of the 2010 field hockey season, here's a few numbers that should get you up to speed...
16-8: compiled record of all 6 America East field hockey teams
3: number of teams still undefeated
28-9: the combined score of those three undefeated teams vs. their opponents this season
5: number of shutouts handed out by America East teams so far
2: number of ranked teams (plus two more receiving votes)
And to put all of this into perspective, the numbers haven't been put up against slouches for competition. Non-conference play so far has seen the likes of the Big East and Big Ten, along with the Atlantic-10 and the traditionally strong Colonial.
#18 Albany (3-0), #15 Boston U. and New Hampshire have managed to stay undefeated so far. The Great Danes and Terriers have vaulted into the national coaches' poll, and UNH and Maine (2-2) are both on the cusp with 97 and 77 votes, respectively. Vermont (1-3) and Fairfield (2-3) have also seen some success already, with the Stags most recently picking up a 2-1 win over Lehigh Wednesday night.
This coming weekend is a big one though, with several ranked opponents on tap. The Terriers and reigning America East Player of the Week Allie Dolce start it off facing cross-town rival #7 Boston College Friday night at 7 p.m. on the Eagles' turf. The Wildcats will also have a pair of tough tests at the Terrapin Invite. UNH faces the host #2 Maryland team Saturday morning, and then turns around to play #20 American Sunday at noon. The Great Danes only have one game this week, but it is at home against #4 UConn Sunday at 2 p.m.
Vermont will also host their Sheraton Catamount Classic this weekend, where Maine, Pacific University and Harvard will join. The Stags travel cross-town to play Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon, and then return home to host Siena on Sunday afternoon.
Support your field hockey teams this weekend by going out and cheering them on!
Albany's overtime game-winning goal over Hofstra (Courtesy of Albany Athletics)
Player of the Week Allie Dolce talks after Boston U.'s most recent win over UMass (Courtesy of Boston U. Athletics)
(P.S.... Allie, the last time Terrier field hockey started 4-0 was 1987!)
UNH field hockey started the year by winning their own Wildcat Invitational. Here are some highlights! (Courtesy of UNH Athletics)