Oct. 8, 2013
Patriot League Field Hockey Release - 10.8.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament is a still a month away, but half of the four-team event could be filled by the end of Saturday's contests.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*American and Bucknell remained undefeated in Patriot League play with road wins last weekend.
*The Eagles can clinch a League tourney berth with a win over Lafayette, while the Bison need a win and an American win.
*The Bison beat Lafayette for the first time since 2009 on Saturday, and won in Easton for the first time since 2000.
*American's contest with Lafayette is a rematch of last year's Patriot League title game.
*American, Bucknell and Boston University all play top-10 opponents on Sunday.
American, Bucknell Can Clinch League Tournament Berths Saturday
After each opening with three Patriot League victories, American and Bucknell have a chance to play their way into the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday. The Eagles would clinch one of the four postseason spots with a win at home against Lafayette in a rematch of last year's overtime League title game. Bucknell will earn its spot with a victory over Holy Cross if American also beats Lafayette. Boston University also holds a winning Patriot League mark, and can inch closer to a League tourney berth in its inaugural year when it plays at Lehigh in a game shown at Noon on Saturday on Patriot League Network.
Bison Break Through Against the Leopards
Bucknell and Lafayette have enjoyed a competitive rivalry in recent seasons, but the Leopards had picked up the win over the Bison in six straight meetings, including three Patriot League Tournament games, heading into this season. Bucknell put an end to the skid against Lafayette on Saturday by scoring twice in the early minutes and holding on the rest of the way for a 2-1 win. Bucknell beat Lafayette for the first time since 2009 and won in Easton for the first time since 2000.
Nationally-Ranked Foes Highlight Sunday's Slate
American, Boston University and Bucknell all have key Patriot League games on Saturday, but the teams will have one eye towards a big challenge coming 24 hours later. The Eagles will play host to No. 1 Maryland on Sunday at 2 p.m., the same time the Terriers pay a visit to No. 4 Connecticut. Bucknell will host No. 8 Penn State in a 1 p.m. start.
Four Squads with Solid Position In RPI Rating
Four Patriot League schools come in among the top 32 in the country in NCAA RPI rating. Boston University (23) leads the way, and is followed by American (26), Lafayette (31) and Bucknell (32). The Terriers have the top RPI win for a Patriot League school as they beat Delaware (20) by a 2-1 overtime final on Sept. 2. This weekend's three ranked opponents hold the top three spots in the RPI with Maryland (1), Connecticut (2) and Penn State (3).
Patriot Leaguers Among NCAA Statistical Leaders
Patriot League goalkeepers stand out among their peers in the NCAA field hockey statistics, with four different players in the top 10 of at least one statistical category. American's Ashley Dalisera is fourth (.809) and BU's Valentina Cerda Eimbcke stands seventh (.794) in save percentage, while Colgate's Amanda DiDomizio (9.36) ranks fourth and Lehigh's Julia Ward (8.25) is seventh in saves per game. Cerda Eimbcke stands 11th (1.23) with Dalisera 17th (1.38) in goals against average.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RACHEL MISKO, BUCKNELL Sr., F, Morristown, N.J.
Misko earns her second straight Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award after scoring the game-winning goal in Bucknell's 2-1 victory over Lafayette on Saturday. She helped the Bison move to 3-0 in the Patriot League and beat the Leopards for the first time since 2009, and first on the road since 2000. Misko has scored the game-winning goal in all three of Bucknell's Patriot League wins, and has six goals and an assist for the season. She earns her third career Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LIZ WILLS, BUCKNELL Jr., D, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Wills had a strong effort on both sides of the field in Bucknell's 2-1 win over Lafayette on Saturday, scoring the Bison's opening goal while helping hold the Leopards to just five shots on goal in the game. The goal was the first of Wills' career. The defense also kept No. 18 Temple without a shot for the first 21:16 of the contest in a 3-1 loss on Sunday. Wills is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
AMANDA DiDOMIZIO, COLGATE Jr., GK, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.
DiDomizio made eight saves in a 4-2 win over Siena and nearly led the Raiders to an upset of American on Saturday with nine saves in a 3-2 loss. She had six saves in the second half to help preserve the win over the Saints, and made six saves in the first half against American as Colgate rallied to tie the score at 2-2 before the Eagles scored in the final minutes to win. DiDomizio is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the first time this season and fourth in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
VICTORIA DeKEPPER, AMERICAN Fr., M, Lasne, Belgium
DeKepper scored her first two collegiate goals, including the game-winner in the 69th minute, to lead American to a 3-2 win over Colgate on Saturday. She opened the scoring in the fifth minute to give the Eagles an early advantage, and scored unassisted to win the game late when she sent in a shot from the top of the circle. DeKepper is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time.
ALEX McMACKIN, AMERICAN Sr., F, Blue Bell, Pa.
McMackin scored American's second goal in a 3-2 win over Colgate on Saturday.
JULIA WARD, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Belfast, Maine
Ward had 21 saves and a .808 save percentage in two one-goal losses for the Mountain Hawks last week.
VALENTINA CERDA EIMBCKE, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Jr., GK, Santiago, Chile
Cerda Eimbcke had a two-save shutout in a 2-0 win at Holy Cross on Friday and seven saves in a 3-1 loss to No. 13 Massachusetts on Sunday.
SOFI LAURITO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., M/F, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Laurito had the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory at Holy Cross on Friday.
CARLY GRIMAUDO, HOLY CROSS Sr., F, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.
Grimaudo had an overtime game-winner in a 2-1 win over Bryant on Tuesday.