The UPEI Field Hockey squad of seven first-year players and eight returning players travelled to McGill University in Montreal this past weekend for a pre-season tournament. On Saturday, August 31 the young squad—some playing new positions for the first time—had one tie and one win in games against Queen's University.
The first game was a 1-1 tie with UPEI’s Katherine Koughan (2nd-year defender) taking a self pass at the top of the circle and stick-handling in to score UPEI's first goal of the tournament. In the second game on Saturday, UPEI defeated Queen's by a score of 2-1. Queen's had scored early on in the game, but UPEI came back with goals from first-year player and Charlottetown Rural grad Sydney Stavert, and fourth-year player Eliza MacLauchlan. Eliza, who normally plays midfield, had moved to the forward line for that game.
On Sunday, the Panthers played their 3rd and 4th games in a strong heat (26.5 degrees) losing their first game 2-1 to McGill with UPEI's first-year player Hannah Dykerman scoring a goal with 15 minutes left in the game. The Panthers worked hard all game but missed a number of opportunities to tie the game. An hour later, the Panthers played their 4th game against McGill and lost 3-0.
The pre-season tournament was a great opportunity for coaches Charla Currie and Lacey MacLauchlan to see this year’s squad in action. The squad will practice for the next three weeks before they host the first tournament of the season at UPEI on Sept 21 and 22.
There is still an opportunity for new playersto tryout for field hockey. Interested players are asked to contact Head Coach Charla Currie or UPEI Athletics.