Charlottetown, PEI (October 1, 2015)— The University of Prince Edward Island Field Hockey team is ready to host the second tournament of the Atlantic University Field Hockey League season this weekend at the UPEI Turf Facility.
Participating universities include: UPEI, Saint Mary’s, Dalhousie, Acadia, University of New Brunswick, Mount Allison, and Saint Francis Xavier.
The UPEI Panthers have been training hard and are prepared for a great weekend. The top tier results from the first league tournament had the Panthers, SMU, and DAL all finishing with a win and a loss. UPEI finished with 3 goals for and 3 goals against, SMU had 1 goal for and 1 goal against, and DAL had 3 goals for and 3 goals against.
“We are looking forward to playing at home and improving upon a solid start to the season,” says Coach Sheila Bell. “On Saturday it will be important to bring together all aspects of our game and improve our transition play against SMU and DAL.”
Kathryn Koughan has led the way on defence while Alyssa Ferguson has dominated in the offensive circle for the Panthers. Koughan, a fourth-year Business student who has been a league all star for the past three years, league MVP, and First Team All Canadian in 2013, and Emily Ross, a fourth-year Nursing student, will both play their final tournament at home.
The AUFH tournament will feature two-tier play on Saturday and exhibition play on Sunday.
Tier 1 consists of UPEI, SMU, and Dalhousie. They will play a round robin with full games consisting of two 35-minute halves. This will be the first time in ten years of the AUFH league’s existence that the top tier has played full regulation games.
Tier 2 consists of UNB, St FX, Acadia and Mt A—they will also play a round robin with 25-minute halves.
On Sunday, Tier 1 and Tier 2 will play eight exhibition crossover games (25/25 minutes) beginning at 9:00 am.
Saturday, October 3
1:00 pm UPEI vs DAL
2:15 pm MtA vs UNB
3:15 pm StFX vs ACA
4:15 pm SMU vs UPEI
5:30 pm StFX vs MtA
6:30 pm UNB vs ACA
7:30 pm DAL vs SMU
8:45 pm MtA vs ACA
Sunday, October 4
9:00 am UNB vs StFX
10:00 am ACA vs UPEI
11:00 am SMU vs StFX
12:00 pm DAL vs ACA
1:00 pm UPEI vs UNB
2:00 pm DAL vs MtA
3:00 pm UNB vs SMU
4:00 pm UPEI vs MtA
This weekend’s results will determine the final standings for the AUFH Championships, October 17–18, in Halifax.