App State field hockey program to host 12 games
by Staff Reports
Appalachian State field hockey head coach Brandi Alexander Kist announced the her program's 2014 schedule Monday, highlighted by 12 matches in the yet-to-be-named new home for the team.
"Hosting 12 teams this fall means our athletes travel less and will play in front of a home crowd," Alexander Kist said. "We are looking forward to developing more of an App State student-body and Boone community fan base."
The Mountaineers will play 19 regular-season matches with only seven coming on the road. That number is a stark contrast from last year, when the Mountaineers played 14-of-18 matches away from the High Country.
A total of four teams on this year's schedule advance to the NCAA Tournament in 2013 (Boston College, Liberty, Miami University and Wake Forest). Boston College and Wake Forest ended the year ranked No. 11 and No. 13, respectively, in the final NFHCA Coaches Poll a year ago.
Appalachian will play one exhibition contest when it travels to Longwood on Aug. 18 before opening the regular season at its new home with two-straight home matches. Georgetown will be the first visitor to the new field when the Mountaineers kick off the regular season at 3 p.m. on Aug. 29 before playing host to Ball State on Sept. 1
The field hockey-specific stadium is located on the site of the former App State Soccer Stadium at Appalachian's State Farm Fields Complex. Appalachian State's soccer programs called the site home from 2005-07.
Appalachian State alumni Brandon and Erica (Muschamp) Adcock provided the lead gift for the stadium's field. Erica Adcock was a three-time all-conference selection as a member of Appalachian's field hockey program from 2003-06.
"We are very excited to get the 2014 season underway," Alexander Kist said. "Having the new turf enables us to practice everyday on the same surface we will be competing on for every game even when we travel to other schools. This will enable our team to develop better skills and consistency to be more competitive. With the water based turf, more teams are wanting to come to Boone to play."
Other highlights on the home schedule include a visit from Atlantic Coast Conference foe Boston College (Oct. 12) and NorPac matches with Liberty (Oct. 10) and Pacific (Oct. 25). Rider, James Madison, William & Mary, St. Joseph's, Saint Francis and Virginia Commonwealth will also make visits to Boone.
The Mountaineers' first match away from home will be a neutral-site matchup against Pacific on Sept. 11 in Hanover, N.H. The road slate also includes games at Davidson, Miami University, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Towson
The Mountaineers will end their season at the NorPac conference tournament, which runs from Nov. 6-8 in Stockton, Calif.