Sept. 3, 2013
Patriot League Field Hockey Release - 9.3.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League field hockey season opened up over the weekend, with Boston University, Holy Cross and American each claiming victories in their openers.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*Boston University opened up its Patriot League tenure with two home victories over the weekend.
*The Terriers are ranked No. 16 in the preseason NFHCA Coaches Poll.
*Four games went to overtime on the first weekend, including American splitting a pair on the road.
*Holy Cross opened its season with a win for the first time since 2007.
*Boston University took its first three Patriot League weekly awards on Tuesday.
Boston University with Impressive Opening to Patriot League, New Balance Field Era
It was a big weekend for Boston University field hockey, with the No. 16 Terriers playing their first contests as Patriot League members and also their first games at their new home, New Balance Field. BU made it a memorable weekend, putting on an impressive display in a 5-1 win over Ohio on Saturday and rallying for a 2-1 win in overtime against Delaware on Monday.
Holy Cross Opens Season with a Win
With three goals in a span of seven minutes in the first half, Holy Cross took down Siena 3-2 on Sunday for its first season and home-opening victory since 2007. The mark that season was also set against the Saints as the Crusaders posted a 7-1 victory. Molly Feit, Haley Makuch and Lauren Sutherland all scored goals to lead the Crusaders to victory.
Four of the 12 games over the weekend went into an extra period, with Patriot League teams posting a 2-2 record in the overtime session. American played a pair of overtime contests, beating Richmond 2-1 on Friday before falling to Old Dominion by the same score on Sunday. Colgate lost 4-3 at Bryant on Sunday, while Boston University rallied for a 2-1 win against Delaware on Monday.
Coming Up Next
Six of the seven Patriot League teams play multiple games this week, though only three of the 13 contests will be at home. American plays home contests on both Friday and Sunday, while Lehigh hosts a game on Friday as well. There is a top 20 matchup as No. 16 Boston University pays a visit to No. 11 Northwestern on Saturday.
Boston University was picked first in the Patriot League preseason poll in its first season in the League. The Terriers were followed in order by American, Lafayette, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross and Lehigh. American senior Shelly Montgomery was named Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Lafayette junior Brittany Blass took home the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year award. Joining Montgomery and Blass on the Preseason All-Patriot League Team were American's Jaclyn Anspach, Boston University's Sofi Laurito and Ysi Schieb, Bucknell's Rachel Misko, Erica Perrine and Kelsey Mucelli, Colgate's Eliana Brown, Holy Cross' Carly Grimaudo and Lafayette's Jenna Seybert.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AMANDA CASSERA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., F, Fairfield, N.J.
Cassera made a splash in her first collegiate game by tallying a hat trick to lead the Terriers to a 5-1 win in the season opener against Ohio on Saturday, which also marked the first game at BU's New Balance Field. Cassera had the first hat trick for a Patriot League player since Lafayette's Deanna DiCroce pulled it off against Lehigh on Oct. 27, 2012. She is the first freshman to earn the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award since American's Shelly Montgomery in 2010.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
YSI SCHIEB, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., D, Gold Coast, Australia
Schieb excelled on both ends of the field in Boston University's 5-1 win over Ohio, scoring a goal and an assist while leading a defensive unit that kept the Bobcats in check. Both points came in the second half after BU's lead had been trimmed to 3-1. The Terriers held the Bobcats to 10 shots in the game, with five coming in each half. Schieb earns her first Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
VALENTINA CERDA EIMBCKE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., GK, Santiago, Chile
Cerda Eimbcke had seven saves to lead the Terriers to a 5-1 win over Ohio in the first-ever game at New Balance Field. She made four saves in the first half as the Terriers built a 3-0 lead, and three more in the second after Ohio closed the gap with an early goal. Cerda Eimbcke earns her first Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week award.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LAUREN SUTHERLAND, HOLY CROSS Fr., M, Watertown, Mass.
Sutherland tallied what turned out to be an important insurance goal when she put the Crusaders up 3-1 on their way to a 3-2 win over Siena on Sunday. The tally concluded a three-goal stretch for the Crusaders from the 14th minute to the 20th minute of the contest. Sutherland's goal came on her first-ever shot and helped Holy Cross notch its first season and home-opening win since 2007. She is the first Crusader to earn a Patriot League weekly award since MacKenzie Peet was named Rookie of the Week in 2011.
ELIANA BROWN, COLGATE Jr., F, Annandale, Va.
Brown had three goals in Colgate's first two games, including a pair in a 4-3 overtime loss to Bryant on Sunday.
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Sr., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera made 14 saves in two games for the Eagles, with 10 in a 2-1 overtime loss at No. 8 Old Dominion on Sunday.
MOLLY FEIT, HOLY CROSS Jr., F, Acton, Mass.
Feit tallied the eventual game-winning goal in Holy Cross' 3-2 win over Siena on Sunday.
HALEY MAKUCH, HOLY CROSS So., D, Granby, Conn.
Makuch scored Holy Cross' first goal in a 3-2 win over Siena on Sunday, and helped hold the Saints to one shot in the second half as the Crusaders preserved the lead.
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Sr., M, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery led the team in shots in a 2-1 overtime win at Richmond on Friday and scored the lone goal in a 2-1 overtime loss against No. 8 Old Dominion on Saturday.