Sept. 17, 2013
Patriot League Field Hockey Release - 9.17.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- Patriot League openers for six teams are scheduled for Saturday, and all three matches pit teams at very different points in the preseason projections.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*The first three Patriot League matches of the year are set for Saturday.
*Preseason favorite No. 18 Boston University plays its first-ever League contest at Colgate.
*American hosts Holy Cross in League action while Bucknell welcomes Lehigh in a match shown on Patriot League Network.
*There are five matches against ranked opponents, including two for Lafayette.
*All seven Patriot League teams went 1-1 in last week's action.
Patriot League Play Opens on Saturday....Can Anyone Pull the Upset?
Patriot League openers for six teams are scheduled for Saturday, and all three matches pit teams at very different points in the preseason projections. No. 18 Boston University, the preseason Patriot League favorite, opens its League era with a matchup at Colgate, picked fifth. American, selected second, plays host to sixth-place pick Holy Cross, while fourth-place preseason pick Bucknell welcomes seventh-place selection Lehigh.
League Squads Host Five Ranked Opponents Over the Weekend
In addition to Patriot League play, the weekend schedule is enticing with five top-20 foes on the slate. The lone squad that does not play its League opener, Lafayette, will host a pair of ranked teams when it welcomes No. 11 Albany on Friday and No. 12 Penn State on Sunday. There are four ranked teams coming to Patriot League fields on Sunday, with American hosting No. 15 Wake Forest, Bucknell welcoming No. 16 Delaware and Lehigh playing host to No. 11 Albany. The Bucknell and Lehigh matches will be available on Patriot League Network Sunday, along with Colgate's contest against Brown.
1-1 For Everyone
Each of the seven Patriot League teams played twice over the weekend, and each squad emerged with a 1-1 record from that action. Most of the teams finished the weekend well with five posting their win on Sunday. Boston University had its second rally for an overtime win this season when it trumped Providence 2-1, while Holy Cross tied its win total from last season by moving to 2-2 with a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart. Bucknell also pulled out a one-goal victory by beating Penn 2-1, Colgate got three goals from Eliana Brown for its first win of the year in a 3-1 triumph over St. Francis (Pa.) and American had a pair of goals from Rebecca Treharne in its 4-1 victory over Columbia. On Friday, Lafayette got past Quinnipiac 3-1 and Lehigh posted its largest margin of victory since 2010 in a 4-0 win over Georgetown, which also marked the first time since 2004 that the Mountain Hawks posted consecutive shutouts.
Patriot Leaguers Among NCAA Statistical Leaders
Colgate's Eliana Brown and Boston University's Valentina Cerda Eimbcke earned Patriot League awards this week, and their performance to date also has both players among the leaders in NCAA statistics. Brown leads the Patriot League and is 12th in the nation with 1.00 goals per game, while Cerda Eimbcke stands fourth in the country with a .826 save percentage and 15th with a 1.28 goals against average.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ELIANA BROWN, COLGATE Jr., F, Annandale, Va.
Brown recorded her second career hat trick to provide all of Colgate's scoring in a 3-1 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday. Two of the goals came in the first 15 minutes and the hat trick was natural as she scored the first three goals of the contest overall. She also added an assist in a 3-2 overtime loss against Lock Haven on Saturday. Brown leads the Patriot League with six goals and 13 points. She is named Offensive Player of the Week for the first time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
YSI SCHIEB, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., D, Gold Coast, Australia
Schieb played two solid games on defense as the Terriers held a pair of opponents to one goal over the weekend, and stepped up on the other end as well with assists on both BU goals in a 2-1 overtime win against Providence on Sunday. The Terriers rallied from a halftime deficit to earn the win. BU also held No. 17 Boston College to just one goal in a loss on Friday. Schieb is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
VALENTINA CERDA EIMBCKE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., GK, Santiago, Chile
Cerda Eimbcke allowed just one goal in each of BU's contests over the weekend, keeping the Terriers close in a 1-0 loss to No. 17 Boston College on Friday and helping spur a comeback in a 2-1 overtime win against Providence on Sunday. She matched her season high with nine saves in the loss to the Eagles, including eight in the first half as the Terriers kept the match scoreless for 60 minutes. Cerda Eimbcke made five saves in the victory over the Friars, including a pair in the final minute of regulation and one on a penalty stroke in overtime to keep the game going before the Terriers won in the 85th minute. Cerda Eimbcke had a 0.90 goals against average and .875 save percentage for the weekend, and leads the Patriot League in both categories for the season (1.28 GAA, .826 SV PCT). She is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MAYA LANGMAN, HOLY CROSS Fr., GK, Crozet, Va.
Langman made eight saves in a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday, preserving the shutout by making five stops on five straight penalty corners from the 62nd-64th minute. It was her first career shutout and victory after making her starting debut in a 4-0 loss to Harvard on Friday. Langman made five saves in that contest and held the Crimson scoreless through 52 minutes of play. Langman is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
REBECCA TREHARNE, AMERICAN Jr., D, Llanelli, Wales
Treharne had two goals and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Eagles, with both tallies coming in a 4-1 win over Columbia on Sunday.
SOFI LAURITO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., M/F, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Laurito scored the game-winning goal at the end of overtime to lead the Terriers to a 2-1 win over Providence on Sunday.
LEIGH HILLMAN, BUCKNELL Sr., F, Dallas, Pa.
Hillman scored the game-winning goal in Bucknell's 2-1 triumph over Penn on Sunday.
AMANDA DiDOMIZIO, COLGATE Jr., GK, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
DiDomizio made 21 saves in two games last week, including 13 in a 3-1 win over St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday.
MARISSA GLATT, LEHIGH Fr., F/M/D, Doylestown, Pa.
Glatt had a goal in each of Lehigh's games over the weekend, and has now scored a goal in four straight contests for the Mountain Hawks.