CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - American posted a pair of home victories last weekend, and on Tuesday joined Boston University in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*American won a pair of home games over the weekend to improve to 3-1 on the season.
*The Eagles moved into the NFHCA Coaches Poll on Tuesday at No. 20, while Boston University fell to No. 19.
*Three Patriot League teams posted shutouts last week.
*Lafayette Head Coach Jennifer Stone earned her first career victory on Saturday against Central Michigan.
*Five different players recorded a two-goal game last week.
American Joins Boston University in NFHCA Top 20
A pair of Patriot League field hockey teams appeared in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll on Tuesday as American entered at No. 20 to join Boston University in the rankings. The Eagles enter the rankings in the final spot after a 3-1 start to the season, with the only loss coming in overtime at No. 8 Old Dominion on Sept. 1. Boston University slipped three spots to No. 19 with its 3-1 start, with the only defeat for the Terriers coming on Saturday at No. 11 Northwestern.
Strong Work in the Cage
Patriot League goalkeepers were in the spotlight last week as three teams posted shutouts. On Friday, American's Ashley Dalisera made seven saves to lead her team to a 2-0 win over James Madison. Dalisera leads the Patriot League with a 1.00 goals against average and .840 save percentage. Two more shutouts came on Sunday as Valentina Cerda Eimbcke made five saves to lead Boston University over Miami (OH) and freshman Julia Ward had six saves to pace Lehigh over Towson, with both contests ending in 1-0 finals.
Goal Scorers Get in on the Act, Too
While the goalies shined, so did the players putting the ball in the back of the net. Five players from four teams posted a two-goal game last week. Bucknell had a pair pull it off, with Kiersten Sydnor scoring twice in a 5-1 win over Missouri State on Saturday and Leigh Hillman scoring the team's regulation tallies in a 3-2 overtime win at Ohio State on Sunday. Also posting two-goal games over the weekend were Lehigh's Caitlyn Mitchell, American's Alex McMackin and Lafayette's Hannah Sotiropoulos, who scored hers in a 3-2 win over Central Michigan that marked Head Coach Jennifer Stone's first victory.
PLN Coverage Highlights Weekend Slate
The final weekend before Patriot League play produces a busy slate with 14 games, and five of them will be shown on Patriot League Network. The marquee matchup will be broadcast on PLN when No. 19 Boston University hosts No. 17 Boston College in a cross-town rivalry on Friday night at New Balance Field. The Georgetown-Lehigh and Harvard-Holy Cross games will also be shown on PLN on Friday, while Sacred Heart-Holy Cross and Providence-BU will be broadcast on Sunday. Nine of the 14 games will be at home for the Patriot League team, while American will be close by for two games at the University of Maryland. One of the true road games is a marquee matchup as Lafayette visits No. 4 Connecticut on Sunday.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK LEIGH HILLMAN, BUCKNELLSr., F, Dallas, Pa. Hillman led the Bison to a comeback win at Ohio State on Sunday, scoring both of the team's goals in regulation as Bucknell went on to a 3-2 victory in overtime. The Bison fell behind 2-0 in the early minutes before Hillman scored twice later in the first half to even the score. Bucknell defeated a Big Ten program for the second time in school history. It was her second career multi-goal game and Hillman leads the team with three goals and seven points this season. Hillman also notched an assist in Bucknell's 5-1 win over Missouri State on Saturday. She is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the first time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK GRACE WILSON, AMERICANJr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich. Wilson led a stout Eagle defense that gave up just one goal in a pair of victories over the weekend. She helped the Eagles preserve the shutout in a 2-0 win over James Madison on Friday despite six penalty corners and nine shots on goal for the Dukes in the game. Wilson also led the Eagles to a dominant effort in a 7-1 win over Longwood on Sunday with just one shot surrendered in the game. She also added an assist in the victory. Wilson is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Sr., GK, Millersville, Md. Dalisera totaled seven saves in a 2-0 shutout of James Madison on Friday, then helped lead an Eagle defense that allowed only one shot in a 7-1 victory over Longwood on Sunday. Six of her seven stops against the Dukes came in the second half to preserve the shutout, and she also stopped a penalty stroke attempt. Dalisera leads the Patriot League with a 1.00 goals against average and .840 save percentage for the season. She is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the first time this season and fifth in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK MARISSA GLATT, LEHIGHFr., F/M/D, Doylestown, Pa. Glatt had a goal in each of Lehigh's contests last week, including the lone tally as the Mountain Hawks earned their first win of the year in a 1-0 triumph over Towson on Sunday. She scored 7:01 into the contest to give Lehigh the early lead. Glatt also pulled Lehigh within 3-2 in the first half against Penn on Friday in a game the Mountain Hawks would eventually lose 5-4. Glatt is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
HONORABLE MENTION ISABEL TERWINDT, AMERICANSo., M, Alphen ann den Rijn, Netherlands Terwindt had the game-winning goal in each of American's contests last week.
SOFI LAURITO, BOSTON UNIVERSITYSo., M/F, Buenos Aires, Argentina Laurito tallied in the 66th minute to tie the score as the Terriers went on to beat Delaware 2-1 in overtime on Monday, and had BU's lone tally in a 4-1 loss to No. 11 Northwestern on Saturday.
HANNA SOTIROPOULOS, LAFAYETTESr., F, Allentown, Pa./Parkland Sotiropoulos had two goals, including the game-winner, in Lafayette's 3-2 win over Central Michigan on Saturday.
AMANDA DiDOMIZIO, COLGATEJr., GK, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. DiDomizio stopped 16 of the 20 shots she faced last week to keep the Raiders close in losses to Robert Morris and Ball State.
JULIA WARD, LEHIGHFr., GK, Belfast, Maine Ward stopped six shots to lead the Mountain Hawks to a 1-0 shutout of Towson on Sunday.