Oct. 1, 2013
Patriot League Field Hockey Release - 10.1.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- Three teams remain undefeated in Patriot League field hockey, and two match up on Saturday when Bucknell pays a visit to defending champion Lafayette.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*American beat Boston University 1-0 in overtime in a matchup of the top two teams in the preseason poll on Saturday.
*Bucknell joined the Eagles with a 2-0 League record by knocking off Colgate.
*Defending champion Lafayette won its League opener at rival Lehigh.
*American and Bucknell each go on the road Saturday to try and improve to 3-0 in the Patriot League.
*Boston University and Bucknell both take on ranked non-League opponents on Sunday.
Dalisera Leads Eagles to a Win at Boston University
After two straight years without winning the Patriot League title, American had to look at another emerging contender when Boston University was named preseason favorite in the League in August. But the Eagles showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with on Saturday, going on the road and recording a 1-0 overtime win at BU. Grace Wilson scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute, but the Eagles got there largely due to the play of Ashley Dalisera. The senior goalkeeper made 12 saves, including nine in the second half, to help get the contest to overtime. Dalisera stands fourth in the country with a .823 save percentage following the standout performance.
Bucknell, Lafayette Renew Their Rivalry
American won the first matchup of top teams in the Patriot League preseason poll when it knocked off BU, and the next such contest comes on Saturday when Bucknell visits Lafayette. The Bison are 2-0 in the Patriot League after getting a hat trick from Rachel Misko and beating Colgate 6-2 on Saturday, while the Leopards had two goals and an assist from Brittany Blass to open League play with a 4-1 win at Lehigh. The teams have gone at it plenty of times over the years, meeting in the Patriot League Tournament in four straight seasons from 2008-11 as well as their regular-season contests.
The Week Ahead
In addition to the Bucknell-Lafayette matchup, the weekend's Patriot League action includes Boston University at Holy Cross on Friday evening and American at Colgate on Saturday afternoon, with each of those games available on Patriot League Network. Six teams will play at least one non-League game, including two against ranked opponents on Sunday when Bucknell visits No. 18 Temple and Boston University hosts No. 13 Massachusetts on Patriot League Network.
Patriot Leaguers Among NCAA Statistical Leaders
Dalisera is one of two Patriot Leaguers in the top five of the NCAA in a statistical category, and the other is also a goalkeeper. Colgate's Amanda DiDomizio stands fourth in the nation with 9.56 saves per game, with Lehigh's Julia Ward and Holy Cross' Maya Langman are in the top 20 in the category. Boston University's Valentina Cerda Eimbcke is ninth in the country in save percentage (.804) and 11th in goals against average (1.17), where Dalisera stands 15th (1.31). The only other Patriot Leaguer in the top 10 of any category is American's Carly Atchison in eighth with 0.78 assists per game. The Patriot League's top goal scorer, Lehigh freshman Marissa Glatt, is 17th in the country with 0.89 goals per game.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RACHEL MISKO, BUCKNELL Sr., F, Morristown, N.J.
Misko recorded a hat trick to lead Bucknell to a five-goal second half for a 6-2 win over Colgate on Saturday. She tallied her first goal less than five minutes into the second half to even the score at 2-2, then put the Bison ahead when she connected with a penalty stroke just over three minutes later. Misko completed the hat trick with just over seven minutes left when she put Bucknell up 5-2. The six points were a career-high for Misko, who ranks second on the Bison with 11 points this year (5 G, 1 A). She is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the first time this season and second in her career.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GRACE WILSON, AMERICAN Jr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wilson had another outstanding game for the Eagles, helping hold No. 20 Boston University scoreless into overtime before tallying the only goal of the 1-0 final in the 82nd minute to send American to a key Patriot League win. She collected a rebound on a penalty corner and fired it in for the winning goal. Wilson helped preserve American's third shutout of the year as the Eagles held the Terriers scoreless despite giving up 22 shots. She is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight time and third this season.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Sr., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera stopped all 12 shots she faced to lead the Eagles to a 1-0 overtime win at No. 20 Boston University on Saturday. Nine of the saves came in the second half to help the Eagles send the game to overtime, where they won it in the 82nd minute. Dalisera posted her second shutout of the season, and is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the second time this year and sixth in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
MARISSA GLATT, LEHIGH Fr., F/M/D, Doylestown, Pa.
Glatt had two goals and an assist in two games last week, and has now scored a point in eight consecutive games with at least one goal in seven of those contests. Her six-game goal streak was snapped when she had an assist in a 4-1 loss to Lafayette on Saturday, but Glatt picked back up with both of Lehigh's goals in a 4-2 defeat against La Salle on Sunday. She has had a hand in the last five Lehigh goals over the past four games, with four goals and an assist in that span. Glatt leads the Patriot League with eight goals and 17 points this season, and is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the second time.
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Sr., M, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery played a key role on defense in American's 1-0 win over No. 20 Boston University on Saturday, as she helped keep the Terriers scoreless despite 22 shot attempts.
BRITTANY BLASS, LAFAYETTE Jr., D, Mountain Top, Pa.
Blass had two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
ANNE FRUITEMA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., M, The Hague, Netherlands
Fruitema had two goals, including the game-winner, in a 3-1 win over Hofstra on Sunday.
YSI SCHIEB, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Sr., D, Gold Coast, Australia
Schieb had two assists in a 3-1 win over Hofstra on Sunday, and helped the defense allow only one goal in each contest over the weekend.