RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College field hockey team faces Transylvania University on Friday at 5 p.m. followed by a North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) competition at Wittenberg University at 11 a.m.
The Teams: Earlham, Transylvania, and Wittenberg. The Quakers enter the contest at 5-4 overall after falling to Denison University and defeating Kenyon College 2-1 last weekend. The Pioneers are 1-7 with their lone victory coming against Ferrum College in overtime. The Tigers are 6-3 and riding a three-game winning streak after a 5-1 win at Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday.
The Coaches: Heather Moore enters her fourth year as Earlham's head coach. She led the Quakers to their best finish since 2009 in 2015 as well as a come-from-behind, overtime win over the College of Wooster for the first time since 1993. Sarah Humphries, a former Earlham assistant coach, is in her third season at Transylvania including her second season leading the program. Kelley Hubbel has coached Wittenberg since the 2010 season.
The Players: Senior Megan Hut and sophomore Maite Turlings lead the Quakers in scoring with five and four goals respectively. Senior Kaitlyn Brunner and sophomore Isabella Grasso have each scored three goals. Freshman goalkeeper Camille van der Vaart has 39 saves in five starts in net while sophomore Natalie Blatz has a team-high defensive saves. Jessica Chandler leads the Pioneers with five goals while Audrey Coler highlights the Tigers offense with six goals.
Upset Victory: Last Saturday, Earlham defeated Kenyon 2-1 for the first time since Oct. 5, 2003, also a 2-1 win. The Ladies are the two-time defending NCAC champions and the loss marked only their third conference defeat in the last three seasons.
Recent History: Earlham is 3-6 against Transylvania since 2010 including a 2-0 shutout win this season – 2-0 on Sept. 4. The Quakers have not defeated Wittenberg in the last five seasons.
Chasing Seven: With two more victories, Earlham will have seven wins in a season for the first time since 1993.
Coverage: Live statistics and live video of both games will be available – visit the links above.
Up Next: Earlham will host DePauw University on Tuesday, Oct. 4. The game is slated to begin at 6 p.m. at Darrell Beane Stadium.