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2008 Elizabethtown College Field Hockey Preview 

A veteran squad that features nine returning starters will look to lead the Elizabethtown College field hockey team in 2008, after the Blue Jays battled to an 11-8 overall record and a 2-2 mark in the challenging Commonwealth Conference in 2007.

The Blue Jays, who annually play one of the toughest schedules in Division III, went to overtime seven times during the 2007 season, including a pair of losses to eventual conference champion Messiah College.

Nearly all of the Blue Jays' offense returns for sixth-year head coach Sharon Sweger, as returning players accounted for 48 of the team's 53 goals last season.

Leading the Blue Jay attack is senior forward Megan Angstadt (Oley, PA/Oley Valley), who paced the team with 11 goals and 10 assists for 32 points last season. She is joined up front by fellow senior Andrea Miles (Phoenix, MD/Notre Dame Prep), who tallied eight goals and five assists, and junior Brenna Noon (Wyomissing, PA/Wyomissing), who added nine goals and two assists. Both Angstadt and Noon were second-team All-Conference choices last season.

Sophomore Liz DeMatteis (Newark, DE/St. Mark's) came off the Etown bench to add six goals and an assist in 18 games, while junior Katy Boone (Reading, PA/Muhlenberg) fired home four goals to go with a pair of assists.

In the midfield, seniors Kelsey Diehl (North East, MD/Rising Sun) and Alison Duval (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) return to the starting lineup, while sophomore Julie Foster (Reading, PA/Oley Valley) chipped in with five assists in a part-time starting role.

The defense lost two starters to graduation, but return senior Tiffany Vogel (Annville, PA/Palmyra) who had six goals and six assists, and junior first-team All-Conference selection Caitlin Smith (Haddonfield, NJ/Bishop Eustace Prep).

Junior Liz Hannegan (Lancaster, PA/McCaskey) started 11 games before suffering a season-ending injury, and went 8-3 with four shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average.

The Blue Jays open their 2008 season on Friday, Aug. 29 against Misericordia University in the opening round of the Muhlenberg Classic. Elizabethtown's home opener is Saturday, Sept. 6 against York College and the first of six Commonwealth Conference games is Tuesday, Sept. 30 against Lebanon Valley College.