Lehigh field hockey plans to live by its motto, ‘never settle’ this upcoming season.
Head Coach Caitlin Dallmeyer said they are playing the highest level of field hockey they have in years due to the team’s level of experience and its group of talented upperclassmen.
Graduate student Lenke Havas and fifth-year Drew Pecora are back. They are two of the most experienced players in program history.
Havas is Lehigh’s first ever four-time All-Patriot League honoree and also a recipient of All-Region honors. Havas was recently named Patriot League Player of the Week following her first career hat trick against Longwood.
Pecora is the all-time leading scorer in program history and also received All-Region honors.
The program is also returning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, Maddie Kahn.
“It shows we have a versatile team where a lot of players can score goals and make big plays,” Havas said.
There are 24 women on the roster this season, the biggest since 2015.
“We have a lot of depth and a bigger roster than we’ve had before in my time here,” Dallmeyer said. “We have never been as deep or talented off the bench in the past, and it is a huge advantage to have now.”
The team has not had a winning record in over 15 years. This season, they already have two wins, including one against Bryant, a team Lehigh has not defeated in 10 years. Their second win came against Longwood and their sole loss was to Villanova.
“The biggest challenge is probably consistency and adding together good performances to come out with wins,” Kahn said.
One of the team’s strengths is having a high corner execution rate. Dallmeyer said an area to improve on is attacking in-field execution so they can capitalize on non-set plays.
In addtition to the on-field adjustments, Havas is focued on the relationships between her teammates.
Dallmeyer said that she is looking forward to spending time with the team, which was not a possibility last year.
The Mountain Hawks will try to make it three wins in a row when they take on La Salle on Sept. 10.