BELMONT, N.C. -- Friday will be an historic day for Belmont Abbey as its newly-formed field hockey team takes the field for the first official time, hosting Southern New Hampshire at 2:30 p.m. at Alumni Field. The program was announced last November with the last year spent hiring coaches, recruiting players and scheduling games.
Head Coach Bronwen Gainsford recruiting 16 players for her first class, bring 12 freshman, three sophomores and a junior. Four of the players are internationals, hailing from the South Pacific countries of Australia and New Zealand.
Southern New Hampshire is in its third year as a program, finishing 2-16 a year ago. The Penmen return 10 letterwinners, but were picked 12th in the Northeast-10 Conference.
WEATHER MAY IMPACT FRIDAY'S GAME FORCING A CHANGE OF VENUE OR POSTPONEMENT. Check back at abbeyathletics.com or at abbeyathletics on twitter for more information Friday morning.