2003 Season Outlook

Jen Meyer was a third-team All-America choice in 2002

Jen Meyer was a third-team All-America choice in 2002

The Wittenberg University field hockey program has established one of the best winning traditions in NCAA Division III. So, even after an outstanding senior class that included three All-Americans departed last spring, the expectation is that the Tigers will find a way to reload and put themselves in contention in the North Coast Athletic Conference again in 2003.

Leading the charge is a group of returning letterwinners that numbers seven, including third-team All-America goaltender Jen Meyer and all-conference performers Blair Ufer, an offensive-minded midfielder, and forward Katie Babcock, who was second on the team in scoring a year ago.

Meyer was among the nation's best in several goalkeeping statistical categories in 2002, and she anchors a defensive unit that, despite the loss of All-Americans Rebecca Russ and Heather House, is expected to be strong again with returning letterwinners Carrie Happ, Ashley Smith and Melanie Boss and newcomers Rachel Dunn and Kirsten Enevoldsen. Ufer, an all-region choice in 2002, is the top returner in the midfield, and she will be joined in that area by returning letterwinner Sarah Wallace and freshmen Jaimee McGhee, and Holly McHugh. Meyer is backed up this year by freshman Michelle Hanners.

Offensively, the Tigers must find a replacement for record-setting Emily Duh, who graduated, but Babcock is a good start. She will be joined in that end of the field by Kenyon transfer Julia Wickham and freshmen Katy Barrett and Melissa Jackson.