Landmark Field Hockey Preview

Landmark Field Hockey Preview

Championship Central

TOWSON, Md. – The Landmark Field Hockey Championship kicks off on Wednesday, Nov. 2 with. No. 1 Elizabethtown hosting No. 4 Goucher at 3:30 p.m. and No. 2 Catholic will welcome No. 3 Susquehanna at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for non-Landmark students and seniors. Landmark students, faculty and staff will receive free admission along with children 10 and under.

No. 1 Elizabethtown vs. No. 4 Goucher
Elizabethtown is brimming with confidence after entering the 2016 postseason as the top seed in the Landmark for the second consecutive year. Prior to the season, the Blue Jays were expected to make it back to the championship, but were selected second behind Catholic. E-town went unbeaten in conference play for the first time since 1991 with a 7-0 record. The 12 wins are already the most since 2013 and give the Jays eight straight seasons under coach Brandy Michael with ten or more wins.

Goucher claimed the fourth and final spot in the playoffs. Voted sixth in the preseason, the Gophers went 3-4 in 2016 in the Landmark, a game better than last season. Goucher gets to the postseason for the second time since 2007.

Elizabethtown leads 10-2 after its 2-0 win in October. E-town has won ten straight against the Gophers after dropping the first two. It will be their first postseason meeting in the Landmark.

No. 2 Catholic vs. No. 3 Susquehanna
The Cardinals enter the championship tournament as the reigning champions, and has made the postseason every year since joining the conference in 2007, and will be seeking its fifth field hockey title overall. Catholic ended the regular season with a 2-0 win over Scranton to finish with a 10-6 record, 6-1 in Landmark action.

Susquehanna enters the match with a 14-3 record this fall, and are winners of nine of their last 10 games, including a seven game winning streak. The River Hawks defeated Moravian 9-0 last Saturday, giving Susquehanna its sixth shutout of the season. The last time a Susquehanna team scored nine goals in a game was in 2010 when SU defeated Elmira 9-0.

Wednesday’s match marks the fourth time that Catholic and Susquehanna have met in the postseason. The River Hawks are 1-2 against the Cardinals in the postseason, with their lone win coming in the 2009 semifinal game, but was defeated in the championship game by Juniata, 1-0.