Field Hockey Picked Fourth in SAC Preseason Poll, Elenga and Hulst Selected to Preseason All-Conference


After being picked eighth in preseason poll in their and then making the SAC Tournament semifinals in their inaugural season, the Lander Field Hockey team was picked to finish fourth in the 2023 SAC Preseason Poll as voted on by the coaches. Goalkeeper Isabel Elenga and Defender Victoria Hulst were both selected to the Preseason All-Conference team as well.

Last year’s conference runners-up, Mount Olive, were picked first with six first place votes over the two-time defending conference champions Converse with only two first-place votes. The other SAC Semifinalist, Newberry, was picked third with 50 points and a first place vote. Lander finished with 40 points in the poll to secure the fourth spot. Belmont Abbey, Coker, Limestone, Wingate, and Lincoln Memorial finished fifth through ninth, respectively Elenga and Hulst are two of the seven returners from the 2022 team that finished the season 9-8 and earned the program’s first postseason victory with a 1-0 triumph over Belmont Abbey in the SAC Tournament quarterfinals. Elenga was part of a goalkeeping tandem that finished among the top in the conference in save percentage while Hulst was selected to the 2022 SAC All-Tournament team.

The Bearcats open the season at Frank Hill Stadium on the campus of Emerald High School on September 9th as they welcome the Lincoln Memorial Railsplitters to town. That game is scheduled for a 2:00 PM start time. 8/22/23, 5:12 PM Field Hockey Picked Fourth in SAC Preseason Poll, Elenga and Hulst Selected to Preseason All-Conference – Lander University

2023 SAC Field Hockey Preseason Poll
RankSchool (First Place Votes)Score

  1. Mount Olive (6) 62
  2. Converse (2) 58
  3. Newberry (1) 50
  4. Lander 40
  5. Belmont Abbey 39
  6. Coker 27
  7. Limestone 26
  8. Wingate 15
  9. Lincoln Memorial 7
    2023 SAC Field Hockey PRESEASON All-Conference
  10. First Team
    Nikki Bos, Mount Olive
    Catalina Pistaccio, Converse
    Casey Etter, Belmont Abbey
    Stembile Chikoore, Newberry
    Josefina Golppi, Limestone
    Avery Congleton, Mount Olive
    Annefleur Moerkerken, Mount Olive
    Jule Schuurman, Mount Olive
    Maud van Duin, Mount Olive
    Alanna Barrett, Mount Olive
    Julia Matthijssen, Converse
    Lieke Varenkamp, Newberry
    Tamsin Bangert, Newberry
  11. Second Team
    Payton Findlay, Newberry
    Tereza Koprivova, Limestone
    Kaiya Sabur, Coker
    Chloe Parker, Belmont Abbey
    Kilee Bradeen, Converse
    Amber Dercksen, Mount Olive
    Isabel Elenga, Lander
    Hailey Moore, Newberry
    Caitlin Struckhoff, Belmont Abbey
    Isabella Grasso, Belmont Abbey
    Marissa Plumer, Newberry
    Victoria Hulst, Lander
    Hannah Colavita-Jones, Wingate
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