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ITACA, New York – The Ithaca College field hockey program will officially kick off its 2022 campaign on September 1 when the Bombers travel to SUNY Geneseo for both teams’ season openers. Ithaca is coming off a 14-5 season in 2021 and returns with 21 players from that team, which reached Liberty League Championship contention.
Among those 21 returning students are three graduate students and six seniors, one of whom is a fifth-year student-athlete. The Bombers also welcome five juniors and seven sophomores.
Coach kaitlyn wahilanow in her sixth season at Ithaca, she spoke about those fifth-year players and the experience of returning to the team for this fall.
“We are excited to have four student-athletes return to our team for the fifth year. Their experience on the field will provide strong consistency in our defensive and attacking principles. We are grateful to have jacqueline mirabile, Macy Brandwein, morgan mullen Y Allison Egan for continuing your education at IC and dedicating your time and effort to help our program continue on its path to success.”
Those four players combined to start 58 games last season. Mirabile was named a third-team All-American by the NFHCA, while Mullen led the IC in points with 21. Brandwein went 11-5 in goals and posted a .781 save percentage, while Egan was part of a stingy defensive unit.
Outside of those four, IC has an additional 13 players who appeared in 12 or more games last season: Natalie Barefoot, Amberly Christiansen, elizabeth pillow, Emma Garver, brianna lennon, avery moses, bury meara, Arla Davis, sarah devito, nicole fortunato, Madeline Goodman, Bella McCollister Y julian vadney.
“Each new season brings with it a unique perspective and experiences from last season. This year we look forward to seeing how Team 55 will compete, lead and focus in our 2022 season. Our returning players have developed both on and off the field over the last year and are ready to bring a focused work ethic to everything we do,” said Wahila.
The Bombers returned to South Hill in mid-August to begin preseason training, and according to Wahila, the team is off to a great start.
“We have been training for just over a week and this team is making progress with each session. We have been working to instill our style of play on both sides of the ball and create a positive team culture. We have welcomed six top players year. student-athletes who have been a wonderful addition to our team. They have stepped in and haven’t missed a beat!”
Those six freshmen – anne leach, Elizabeth Ballaro, reese abrahamson, Amalia hickey, Brenna Schonfeld Y Shannon Dougherty – join the remaining list of catherine dad, Juliana Valli, Kiley Sullivan Y alex clough to complete Team 55.
This schedule will navigate a 17-game schedule for 2022. After the first game at Geneseo, the Bombers will play three straight games at home against St. John Fisher (Sept. 4), Mercy (Sept. 7) and Hartwick (Sept. 10). .
IC then hits the road for showdowns at Cortland on the 14th and Brockport on the 20th.
Liberty League play begins with a home matchup against Union on September 24, followed by another matchup at Higgins Stadium against Vassar on October 1.
The remaining Liberty League slate is as follows: at RPI on October 8, at St. Lawrence on October 14, at home against Skidmore on October 16, at Rochester on October 21, and at home against William Smith on October 23. October.
Ithaca also has non-conference matchups against Scranton on Sept. 28, at Utica on Oct. 5, at New Paltz on Oct. 11 and at home against Nazareth on Oct. 26 to round out the regular season.
All Ithaca College home games will provide live statistics and webcasts to viewers. Links are available in the field hockey schedule. Game shows will also be posted on the schedule before each home meet.
Wahila and Associate Head Coach Mo is okwho were named Liberty League Coaches of the Year in 2021, shared their excitement for the 2022 campaign. Graduate Assistant Victoria Tredinnick also joins the squad for this season.
“I hope Team 55 takes each opponent one opportunity at a time. We have the opportunity to compete, and we never take that for granted. Watching this group of young women grow together on and off the field, while competing against some of Division III’s best field hockey programs, is going to be fun!” Wahila said.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing how we can improve our game. With a lot of experience coming back, we can ask more of our team in terms of tactics. I’m excited to add more elements to our game and show our opponents new skins that they don’t have seen before, and some they have, but with a new twist,” Ordnung said.
If the Bombers finish in the top five of the Liberty League at the end of the regular season, they will qualify for the Liberty League Tournament. This year, the top three teams receive a bye, while the fourth and fifth seed teams will play a first round on November 1. The semifinal round is scheduled for November 4 and the championship will take place on November 6.