LHU Field Hockey to host No. 14 Saint Joseph’s, Rider
LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University field hockey team is set to return home and host a pair of weekend games including a Friday (Sept. 28) conference game vs. nationally-ranked Saint Joseph’s. The Bald Eagles will also host Rider on Sunday.
Setting the stage:
Friday’s home contest will mark LHU’s first home game in 19 days, as the Bald Eagles look to keep their strong play on Charlotte Smith Field going. Lock Haven will open a two-game weekend homestand with an Atlantic 10 Conference (A-10) clash vs. No. 14 Saint Joseph’s on Friday, September 28 (4 p.m.). The Bald Eagles will close the weekend vs. former Northeast Conference (NEC) rival Rider on Sunday (Sept. 30) at 1 p.m. in a non-conference contest.
The Bald Eagles enter the weekend at 6-3 overall and have won two straight games, both non-conference wins. LHU is 0-1 in A-10 play.
No. 14 Saint Joseph’s is 6-2 overall and 1-0 in league action. Last season, the Hawks won 3-1, but Lock Haven holds the overall edge in the series at 8-3.
Rider, who hosts Monmouth on Friday, is 4-4 overall. Last year, Lock Haven beat the Broncs, 1-0 in a shootout. All-time, LHU is 11-4 vs. Rider. Lock Haven is 6-2 this season in non-conference action.
A return home, where LHU is perfect:
On the season, Lock Haven is a perfect 3-0 at home and in those three games, the Bald Eagles have outscored opponents 15-2.
Last Friday (Sept. 21), Lock Haven shutout LIU Brooklyn for the Bald Eagles third shutout in nine games. Two of the three shutouts have come on the road.
Last weekend, Lock Haven went 2-0 after recording back-to-back five-goal outings. LHU dropped LIU Brooklyn, 5-0, before rolling by Hofstra (Sept. 23), 5-2. On the season, Lock Haven has recorded two five-goal games and two six-goal games.
Scoring goals hasn’t been much of an issue this season for Lock Haven, who has 33 goals on the year and is outscoring opponent 33-14. The 33 goals are the second most of any A-10 team this year, just one behind Virginia Commonwealth. LHU’s 3.67 goals per game rank No. 8 in NCAA Division I field hockey.
A big week for Smith:
The leader on the potent Haven offensive attack has been senior Alyscia Smith, who is coming off a monster weekend. In two non-conference wins last week, LHU outscored opponents 10-2, thanks in large part to Smith, who scored half of Lock Haven’s 10 goals. Over the two games – both wins – the senior-midfielder scored five goals and dished out two assists for 12 total points. In the 5-0 win over LIU Brooklyn, Smith scored three goals and dished out one assist.