The more things change in Annville, the more they stay the same.
The Lebanon Valley College field hockey team is gearing up for yet another huge campaign. The Flying Dutchmen were recently voted as the number-five Division Three squad in the country by a poll of the National Field Hockey Coaches of America.
Spearheaded by new head coach Carol Miller, the Flying Dutchmen will enter the fall season with high expectations and a high-powered offense. Last season, Lebanon Valley went 19-3, finished third in the final NFHCA poll and reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division Three national tournament.
Returning for LVC is leading scorer Jocelyn Novak, who, with 39 goals and 84 points, led the nation in scoring last season for the second consecutive year, and Caitlin Vasey, whose 24 assists was more than any other player in the country. After 18 seasons at Delaware University, Miller takes over the reigns of LVC’s program from Laurel Martin.
Defending national champion Bowdoin was ranked number one by the coaches, while Flying Dutchmen arch-rival Messiah was tabbed number two in the nation. Lebanon Valley and Messiah will revisit their rivalry on Sept. 24.
Lebanon Valley opens its campaign on Saturday, Sept. 3rd at Mary Washington University. The Flying Dutchmen’s preseason ranking marks their 46th consecutive appearance in the NFHCA poll’s top ten.