BY JEFF FALK
It may be the most under-estimated value in all of sports. It seems that the adjustment period for established programs to adjust to new coaches are always longer than first anticipated.
Whether or not that is the reason, the Lebanon Valley College field hockey team has certainly struggled during this fall season – at least by its high standards. The Flying Dutchmen, who are headed by first-year coach Carol Miller, currently stands at 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the Commonwealth Conference.
But the Flying Dutchmen may be showing signs of life under Miller, who took over for Laurel Martin this summer. Lebanon Valley is currently riding a three-game win streak, following Tuesday’s 5-1 victory at Arcadia.
The Flying Dutchmen opened the Miller Era with three straight losses. Then after rattling off four consecutive triumphs, LVC was overwhelmed 5-1 at rival Messiah on Sept. 24.
The problem on the field for the high-schoring Flying Dutchmen seems to revolve around its defense. In its four losses, Lebanon Valley has surrendered a total of 16 goals.
Ouch baby! Very ouch!