Finley Am ato ’13, NorPac East Player of the Year, strikes toward a single-season school record of 39 points (16 goals, 7 assists) and leads the Davidson field hockey team to finish its 2010 season at 14–8. In the team’s first winning season since 1999, the Wildcats won their second-ever regular season division championship with a 5–1 record in NorPac East play. It was the best in the program’s history. The Wildcats also scored a single-season team record of 60 goals, surpassing the old record of 52, as several players had the best year of their career. Steph Meador ’12 and goalkeeper Sarah Fisher ’13 led a stingy defensive effort.
Davidson’s wins ranged from blowouts to last-second comebacks, and the season culminated with Davidson hosting the NorPac Tournament in November. The University of California, Berkeley—with an enrollment of nearly 35,000— advanced past Davidson in the semifinals by virtue of one penalty stroke after a gallant effort by the ’Cats through double-overtime.
If you missed out on the 2010 season, do not make the same mistake in 2011. Guided by NorPac Coach of the Year Ginny Turner, Davidson’s Wildcat field hockey team is sure to be hungrier than ever next fall.
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