The defense of the Lock Haven University field hockey team continued to perform at an elite level during the toughest part of the schedule in terms of travel.
With a 2-0 win over Siena, the unit registered their third shutout in six games. In a stretch beginning Sept. 4 and concluding Sept. 13 saw the team play four games, with three of those games being played in New York and the fourth game being played in Maryland. The four victories were won by an 11-2 margin with shutouts against Cornell to start the trip and a shutout to conclude the trip against Siena.
Pat Rudy’s team will not have to leave the state of Pennsylvania until the penultimate game of the regular season against the St. Louis Billikens on Oct. 25.
The team will be welcomed home in their Atlantic-10 (A-10) home opener against the Richmond Spiders on Friday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. The team then has a quick turnaround as they take on the Georgetown Hoyas the following day at 2 p.m.
Last season the Bald Eagles were 2-0 against those two programs with the wins coming on the road.
The Spiders come into this contest with a record of 2-4. However, Richmond has played a tough schedule to this point. They’ve played the No. 17 team on two separate occasions and the No. 12 team. In those six games, they’ve scored eight goals and seven different players have scored.
Meanwhile, Georgetown will visit the Haven on eight days rest. Their record stands at 3-2 and this will be their first road game of the season. Much like Richmond, the Hoyas have got six goals from five different players this season.
In addition to their stellar defensive play, Lock Haven has found the back of the net 16 times already this season. Rachel Valentine leads the team with five goals and reigning A-10 Rookie of the Week Alyscia Smith is tied for second on the team with two goals.
The team effort that has led them to the 6-0 record is the best start for LHU since 2004.