Sept. 24, 2013
Patriot League Field Hockey Release - 9.24.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League schedule only started last weekend, but there's already an important clash for the League standings as the top two teams in the preseason poll square off when American visits No. 20 Boston University on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*American, Boston University and Bucknell won Patriot League openers on Saturday.
*The Eagles visit the Terriers Saturday in a clash of the top two teams in the Patriot League preseason poll.
*Defending League champion Lafayette plays its first League game at Lehigh, while Bucknell hosts Colgate.
*All three League matchups on Saturday will be available on Patriot League Network.
*Boston University came in at No. 20 in the NFHCA Poll on Tuesday, and is No. 13 in the NCAA RPI rating.
Preseason Predictions Hold on First Weekend of League Play
Patriot League openers on Saturday featured teams in the top half of the preseason rankings against teams from the bottom half, and the results went mostly as predicted. The games were fairly tight, however, including preseason favorite Boston University having to come back for a 2-1 win at Colgate. Bucknell posted a 4-1 victory over Lehigh, while American earned a 4-0 shutout of Holy Cross.
American, BU with an Early League Showdown
The top two teams in the Patriot League preseason poll have a showdown for first place on Saturday when American pays its first visit to Boston University. Both teams have appeared in the NFHCA rankings this season, with the Terriers at No. 20 this week. Bucknell hopes to also move to 2-0 and join the winner of the AU-BU contest at the top as it hosts Colgate, while defending Patriot League champion Lafayette has its League opener at Lehigh. All three of Saturday's games will be available on Patriot League Network, along with BU's matchup against Hofstra on Sunday.
Terriers in Top 20 in Poll, RPI
Boston University grabbed the last spot in the NFHCA Poll when it came in at No. 20 in the rankings on Tuesday. The Terriers fare better when looking at the NCAA RPI, as they come at No. 13 on the list. Patriot League teams are still looking for their first win over a ranked opponent, with nine non-League games left against teams in Tuesday's poll. The highest RPI win out of the Patriot League belongs to BU, which beat No. 20 Delaware on Sept. 2.
Patriot Leaguers Among NCAA Statistical Leaders
Getting the ball past Patriot League goalkeepers has been a very tough task for opponents, and the NCAA statistics show just how impressive three goalies have been. Boston University's Valentina Cerda Eimbcke stands fourth in the nation with a .820 save percentage, while American's Ashley Dalisera is 11th at .780 and Colgate's Amanda DiDomizio ranks 13th at .777. All three of their teams rate in the top 10 in save percentage, with Boston University third at .820. Additional Patriot Leaguers with top-ten spots in NCAA statistical categories are American's Carly Atchison (5th, 0.88 assists per game), Colgate's Rebecca Libutti (5th, three defensive saves) and both DiDomizio (6th, 9.13) and Holy Cross' Maya Langman (7th, 8.33) in saves per game.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Sr., M, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery nearly led the Eagles to an upset of No. 15 Wake Forest on Sunday by scoring both of the team's goals in an eventual 3-2 loss in double overtime. Both goals tied the score off of penalty corners, with the first coming in the 30th minute and the second as time expired in regulation. She also helped support the team's defense throughout the game. Montgomery directed the American offense in a 4-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday where the Eagles held a 24-3 edge in shots for the game. The Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year earns her first Offensive Player of the Week award of the season and third in her career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GRACE WILSON, AMERICAN Jr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wilson made an impact on both ends of the field in an impressive weekend for the Eagles. She tallied a goal and an assist while registering 10 shots in a 4-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, while also helping the American defense limit the Crusaders to three shots in the game. Wilson also played a key role in helping the Eagles take No. 15 Wake Forest to double overtime as the American defense only allowed four shots in the second half and no penalty corners after intermission in the 3-2 loss. Wilson earns her second Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award of the season.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
STEPHANIE BURRY, AMERICAN Sr., GK, Louisville, Ky.
Burry posted a shutout in her first start of the season to lead the Eagles to a 4-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday. She made one save and helped direct a defense that limited the Crusaders to three shots in the game, and none in the second half. Burry is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the first time this season and second in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ELLIE LANDSMAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr. M/D, Sudbury, Mass.
With key players out, Landsman stepped out on the defensive end for the Terriers in a 2-1 win over Colgate on Saturday. She helped the BU defense limit the Raiders to three shots on goal as the Terriers won their inaugural Patriot League contest. Landsman is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
LEIGH HILLMAN, BUCKNELL Sr., F, Dallas, Pa.
Hillman tallied a goal in each game for the Bison last week, and leads the team with six goals this year.
SOFI LAURITO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., M/F, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Laurito scored the game-winning goal in the second half of the Terriers' 2-1 win over Colgate on Saturday.
HALLE BIGGAR, COLGATE Sr., F, Pepper Pike, Ohio
Biggar had a pair of goals in Colgate's 4-3 loss to Brown on Sunday.
MARISSA GLATT, LEHIGH Fr., F/M/D, Doylestown, Pa.
Glatt has scored a goal in six straight games after tallying in losses to Bucknell and Albany over the weekend.
JULIA WARD, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Belfast, Maine
Ward had 28 saves in two games for the Mountain Hawks, with a career-high 21 in a 4-1 loss to No. 11 Albany on Sunday.