Shortly after 11 a.m. in Lock Haven, Pa., two umpires will deliver a hockey ball onto Charlotte E. Smith Subject, a turf pitch she might have solely dreamed of when she began the sphere hockey program on the establishment previously generally known as Lock Haven Lecturers’ Faculty in 1945.
Two groups, representing Rider College and Bellarmine College, will face one another. A whistle will blow, and the plastic ball will make that particular “clack” in opposition to carbon fiber or the opposite space-age composites which make up as we speak’s area hockey inventory.
With that second, the NCAA Division I area hockey season begins. It will likely be a carnival of sound and thunder, with hopes for victory amongst the members within the roughly 800 video games that might be performed between now and the title match in mid-November in Storrs, Conn.
Better of luck and well being to the ladies who might be taking part this yr.