The William Smith field hockey team takes on SUNY New Paltz this afternoon at McCooey Field in the first round of the NCAA Division III field hockey tournament.
Here’s a closer look at the two squads:
SUNY New Paltz (13-8) at William Smith (15-4)
What: NCAA Division III field hockey first round
When: 4 p.m.
Where: McCooey Field
Tickets: $5 general admission; $3 students, senior citizens, military personnel with valid ID, children 3-12; children 3-under free
Radio: WHWS (105.7-FM)
NCAA Appearances: William Smith: 21 (32-17); New Paltz: 2 (0-1)
How William Smith got here: At-large bid
How New Paltz got here: SUNYAC champion
History: First meeting between the two programs
Scouting report: William Smith, ranked No. 10 nationally, is seeking its fourth NCAA tournament title; the Herons won in 1992, ’97 and ’00. ... Taylor Cappello is the Herons’ leading scorer (14 goals, 8 assists, 36 points), followed by Julia Simmons (11 goals, 1 assist, 23 points). ... Freshman Amy Feda owns a 1.67 goals against average and a .716 save percentage. The Herons are 10-0 at McCooey Field this season. ... New Paltz lost to Bowdoin 6-1 last season in its first tournament appearance. .... The Hawks own a 7-4 record this year in road games ... New Paltz has two potent scorers in Danielle Conklin (23 goals, 13 assists) and Dani Ackerman (18 goals). ... Goalie Antonija Pjetri has a 2.39 goals against average and a .732 save percentage. ... The Hawks played two NCAA teams this season, losing to both: Montclair State (3-1) and Skidmore (5-4).