“Excitement’ is key in the 2018 version of Wesley field hockey

“Excitement’ is key in the 2018 version of Wesley field hockey

DOVER, Del – The Wesley College field hockey team is "excited" to get going in the 2018 season and make a run in the Atlantic East Conference (AEC).

"The team is excited to join the Atlantic East and to have a shot at the conference championship," said 24th-year head coach Tracey Short. "Somebody has to be 'the first' to win the AEC so why not us."

The Wolverines have a strong group of upperclassmen returning to the team, led by 2017 All-Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) second teamer Kasey Fry and fellow senior Rebecca Dvorak. Fry showed her versatility in the midfield last season after placing second on the team in defensive saves (3), tied for second on the team in goals (3), tied for third in points (8) and assists (2). Dvorak tallied three goals and an assist a season ago.

"Kasey has been a solid defender the past three years and we are looking for great things out of her to finish out her career."

Joining Fry and Dvorak are fellow upperclassmen Kaila Hindt and Brittany Bishop. Hindt led the team in scoring in 2017 with five goals and four assists. Bishop chipped in with five points in the midfield. Juniors Brittany Bishop and Alexiss Hulse also return in the midfield to provide depth and versatility on the team.

A pair of sophomore midfielders looking to make an impact on the team in 2018 is Jessica Behornar and Alexis Howerin. Behornar tied for second on the team in goals (3), tied for third in points (8) and assists (2) while Howerin stopped two shots in the defensive side of the ball.

In net, Wesley returns juniors Sidney Knott and Bridget Wood and sophomore Lauren Berry. All three saw significant playing time last year and will compete for the starting job in 2018. Knott finished fourth in the CAC in saves (71) and fifth in save percentage (.747).

"I expect our three goalkeepers to continue to compete and work their way as the starting goalkeeper."

In the AEC preseason poll, Wesley was slated to finish fourth in the conference, picking up 10 points and one first-place vote. Gwynedd Mercy is projected to win the conference, collecting 23 points and four first-place votes. Cabrini finished second with 20 points while Marywood received the last first-place votes and was picked third in the poll.

The Wolverines will open the season on Friday hosting the Washington Shorewomen at the DE Turf Complex in Frederica, Del. The non-conference tilt is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.