(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson field hockey team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Gettysburg College, 2-1, on Saturday, earning the #5-seed in the Centennial Conference playoffs. The Red Devils are scheduled to travel to Allentown on Wednesday night to face #4-seed Muhlenberg College at 7:00 pm.
The Red Devils made conference playoff appearances in 2015 and 2016, winning both first round games in overtime. Dickinson escaped with a 1-0 victory at Muhlenberg in 2015 behind an overtime goal from Caroline Karwel '16.
The Red Devils finished 5-5 in the conference and 6-11 overall. They closed out the regular season with three straight wins as junior goalkeeper Heather Meeder (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) posted back-to-back shutouts against Haverford and McDaniel.
Senior Chelsea Kramer (New Vernon, N.J./Morristown-Beard) leads the Red Devil attack with six goals and one assist while sophomore Marie Laverdiere (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) has four goals and two assists.
Laverdiere tallied an assist and the game-winning goal against Gettysburg to earn Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Meeder was named the CC Defensive Player of the Week as well. Senior Taylor Bednar (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) brings experience to the midfield and is a dangerous threat on both sides of the ball. A tenacisous defender, Bednar has also come up bing on the offensive end. She dished out the assist on Saturday's game-winner and sent the Red Devils to the confernce semifinals with an overtime goal in 2016.
All-Conference defender Jillian Beemon (Ann Arbor, Mich./Skyline) anchors the Red Devil defense with solid help from Emily Mycek (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) and first-year Hannah Spiri (Morgantown, Pa./Twin Valley).
The winner of Wednesday night's match-up will advance to the conference semifinals at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday.
Head Coach Carly Zinn is excited about the opportunity to lead the Red Devils into the conference playoffs. Zinn connected with Assistant Athletic Director, Christian Payne for a Q&A about the comeback win over Gettysburg that earned the program a playoff spot, and how they plan to carry that momentum into Wednesday night's opening round match at Muhlenberg.
Christian Payne: Describe your team's energy heading in to the playoffs. What was the emotion like after an incredible comeback win over Gettysburg, and playoff berth?
Carly Zinn: Our energy has been very strong. With our success peaking in the latter half of the season it has provided a very fresh and exciting new start feeling to our team. A feeling of excitement that is typically felt in the early games of the season has made its appearance at just the right time! We have been talking about mental toughness, grit, and trusting the process. Defining trust as knowing that we will eventually reap the benefits. After the game the feeling was so fulfilling. The hard work that everyone has been putting in and the attitude to never quit on each other or on our season paid off in these last few minutes.
CP: What worked well for the team to finish with three straight wins?
CZ: As a team we all committed to being more disciplined, controlling the things we are able to control. We put more emphasis on controlling the little things and being disciplined to focus on these small details. It is the focus and discipline of each of us doing our part in the little things, day in and day out that helps make everything come together in a bigger picture, and eventually, in success.
CP: What will be key in this playoff run?
CZ: At this point in the season it will come down to focus, discipline, mental toughness and of course, heart. We have to prepare for big moments of pressure, so we are able to stay committed to our plan even when we are tired, and the stakes are high. We have been mentally preparing in our locker room as well as having short, intense practices.
2018 Centennial Conference Field Hockey Championship
First Round - Wednesday, October 31st (at Frank Marino Field-Scott Wood Stadium | Muhlenberg College)
Semifinals - Saturday, November 3rd (at Titus Field | Franklin & Marshall College)
Championship - Sunday, November 4th (at Titus Field | Franklin & Marshall College)