Patriot League Field Hockey Preview..Boston University

The Boston University Terriers went to the recruit well to replenish their team, as they lost 8  seniors to graduation, including seniors Amanda Cassera, Hester Van der Laan, and Taylor Blood, who were major contributors. They also lost a senior GK in Cammey Jensen whose  league Goal Keeping stats (save pct .50) were not impressive until you consider a team defense that allowed only 4 goals in all patriot league games ( a .67 goals against average).  Boston took 114 shots against Patrtiot League opponents during the regular season, and scored 22 goals. However 17 of those goals were scored against Colgate (9), Holy Cross (3) and Lehigh (5). Amanda Cassera accounted for 18 shots and 4 goals as their most prolific Patriot League scorer.

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Allie Renzi exchanges hi-fives during game with Bucknell

Returning player Kara Enoch (9 pts) will figure to be a key returnee, as well Allie Renzi, who seems to find the back of the cage in important games for Coach Sally Star, who I believe is entering an amazing 37th year as Head Coach of the Terriers. Star will suit up 21 players as of this writing, with the help of 9 shinny new freshman recruits.  For most teams, that would raise red flags, but Starr has used her recruiting talents to plug some important holes. Most notably, she recruited a freshman goalie, Millie Baker, from Australia, who looks impressive as an older first year freshman with a resume of solid club experience. In addition,  she has another 19 year old freshman  from Perth, Shannon Ma, who will see action in the field no doubt. It is not unusual for US college teams to have older students, who may have college experience in foreign countries. The NCAA allows them to enter US Colleges with freshman status.

Given her personnel situation Starr will be very busy getting ready for the season as Patriot League games will start earlier this year. Their first Patriot League league game will be in Boston against Lafayette on September 23rd. This will be preceded by three away games at Albany, UMass, and UConn.  The terrier schedule is loaded with 6 NCAA tournament teams and has the usual very competitive out of conference schedule. That game on the 23rd will certainly be circled by both the Leopards and the Terriers, anxious to get a leg up on a league tournament spot awarded to the top four teams.

The game may have special significance as Boston will be looking for payback for their 2-1 loss to the Leopards last year in a shootout. Both coaches will have their teams ready for a battle.

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 20 year fan of Division one field hockey

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