Field Hockey Announces Schedule

Field Hockey will have 10 home dates this fall in defending its ODAC championship.
Field Hockey will have 10 home dates this fall in defending its ODAC championship.

WINCHESTER, Va. - Head Field Hockey Coach Ashley Smeltzer-Kraft announced the 2017 schedule for her defending ODAC champion Hornets Wednesday morning.

Smeltzer-Kraft, who was named as the ODAC Coach of the Year last fall after leading SU to its first-ever league title, has 10 home dates for her squad this season.

Shenandoah opens the year on Saturday, August 26 with a 1 p.m. exhibition contest against Landmark Conference opponent Juniata.

After officially opening the season on Friday, September 1 with a non-league game at Hood, SU hosts Washington and Jefferson on Sunday, September 3 in a 1 p.m. non-league contest.

That game is one of five home games in September that sees Dickinson, Stevenson, St. Mary's (Md.) and Mary Washington all visit Winchester.

In October, Smeltzer-Kraft's club hosts four ODAC opponents beginning with Randolph-Macon in the league opener on the fourth.

Washington and Lee, the squad that the Hornets bested for the ODAC title in November, comes to town on the 11th with perennial league power Lynchburg paying a visit on the 15th. That 2 p.m. game concludes Homecoming 2017 for the department.

The final home game, at 2:00 on the 21st versus Virginia Wesleyan, serves as Senior Day for the squad.

SU plays at McDaniel, York (Pa.), Wesley and Frostburg State in non-league contests while traveling to Roanoke, Eastern Mennonite, Sweet Briar and Bridgewater for ODAC games.

The Bridgewater game on Saturday, October 28 is the regular season finale.

"It was a great experience to win it all last year, and I know the squad wants a second championship even more," Smeltzer-Kraft said.

"We had a great spring season and I am confident we are going to be ready to play right from the start."

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