Oct. 15, 2013
Patriot League Field Hockey Release - 10.15.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa
- Two teams have already clinched berths into the 2013 Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament, and the three games on Saturday's schedule will help shape the field even further for the postseason event on Nov. 8-9.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*American and Bucknell clinched Patriot League Tournament berths with wins on Saturday.
*The Bison are 4-0 in Patriot League play for the first time in school history.
*Bucknell is at Boston University on Saturday in another key game for League Tournament prospects.
*American can clinch the top seed in the League Tournament with a win over the Bison on Oct. 26.
*Holy Cross visits Lafayette and Lehigh goes to Colgate in the other Patriot League action.
American, Bucknell Earn Spots Into the Patriot League Tournament
American and Bucknell each improved to 4-0 in the Patriot League with shutout wins on Saturday, and both clinched their spot in the upcoming League Tournament in the process. Bucknell, which has started 4-0 for the first time in school history, makes into the postseason tourney for the 16th time, tying Lafayette for the most in League history. American has qualified for the Patriot League Tournament in each of its 13 years in the League, winning eight straight from 2003-10.
Who will Host in 2013?
The wins by American, Bucknell and Boston University on Saturday put the three schools in the driver's seat to host this year's Patriot League Tournament. The Eagles have the easiest path, as they would lock up the top seed and host the League tourney for the eighth time in nine years with a win over Bucknell on Oct. 26. The Bison also control their own destiny, as Bucknell would get the top spot by winning at Boston University and American the next two weeks. But the Terriers are not out, either. If Boston University can win its final two games while Bucknell beats American, it would create the potential for a three-way tie at the top of the final Patriot League standings.
Every Game Still Important This Weekend
While two teams have already clinched, the other five schools still all have hope to earn one of the final two berths into the Patriot League Tournament. Boston University has the easiest path, and can clinch a spot with a win over Bucknell or Holy Cross loss to Lafayette on Saturday. None of the other four schools can clinch this weekend, but Lafayette could take a big step forward with a win over Holy Cross while Lehigh and Colgate meet in a must-win game in Hamilton. Each of the three League contests will be shown on Patriot League Network on Saturday.
American to Host Another Top-Ranked Opponent
American had a solid effort against No. 1-ranked Maryland on Saturday, holding the top offense in the country without a goal for 48 minutes in an eventual 2-0 loss. The Eagles next get a shot at the No. 2 team in the country as Connecticut comes to Washington for a Sunday afternoon contest. American also hosts Towson Friday as it has its bye in the League schedule this weekend, while every other League squad plays one non-League game in addition to its Saturday contest.
Patriot League Scoring Leaders Face Off
Lehigh and Colgate will put the top two scorers in the Patriot League on display Saturday. Both Colgate's Eliana Brown and Lehigh's Marissa Glatt share the Patriot League lead with 21 points, putting up identical lines of 10 goals and one assist.
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ABBY WATSON, BUCKNELL So., F, Medford, N.J.
Watson recorded a hat trick in Bucknell's 7-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, helping the Bison move to 4-0 in the Patriot League for the first time and clinch a spot in the League Tournament. Watson doubled her season goal total with the first multi-point game of her career, and now has six goals and two assists for the year. Watson earns her first Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week award, and is the third different Bucknell student-athlete to claim the honor this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GRACE WILSON, AMERICAN Jr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wilson was an anchor on defense in a strong weekend for the Eagles, who posted a 4-0 shutout of Lafayette on Saturday and held tight in a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Maryland on Sunday. American moved to 4-0 in the Patriot League and clinched a spot in the League Tournament as it limited the Leopards to one shot in the first half and three penalty corners for the game. The Eagles then kept the top-ranked Terrapins scoreless for 48 minutes and held Maryland to three goals below its nation-leading average. Wilson is named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
JULIA WARD, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Belfast, Maine
Ward made 26 saves and allowed just four goals in a two-day span for the Mountain Hawks, keeping Lehigh close in a 3-1 loss to Boston University on Saturday while leading the way to a 2-1 win over Lock Haven on Sunday. Ward made 17 saves against the Terriers to keep Lehigh in striking distance throughout. She stopped nine shots in the win over a solid Lock Haven team which lost for just the fourth time all season. The list of stops included a save on a breakaway with 10 minutes left to keep the score tied. Ward had a save percentage of .867 for the week and is at .764 for the season. She is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the first time.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
AMANDA CASSERA, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., F, Fairfield, N.J.
Cassera netted a pair of goals to lead the Terriers to a 3-1 win over Lehigh in Patriot League action on Saturday. She gave BU a 2-0 lead midway through the first half before padding the advantage to 3-0 early in the second half. Cassera leads the team with seven goals for the season. She earns her first Patriot League Rookie of the Week award after previously being named Player of the Week on Sept. 3.
LIZ WILLS, BUCKNELL Jr., D, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Wills had a goal and an assist in a 7-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, and helped the Bison defense shutout the Crusaders and limit No. 8 Penn State to two goals in a shutout loss on Sunday.
SHELLY MONTGOMERY, AMERICAN Sr., M, Fairfax, Va.
Montgomery had a pair of goals in a 2-0 win over Lafayette on Saturday.
ERICA PERRINE, BUCKNELL Sr., GK, Bridgewater, N.J.
After a shutout against Holy Cross on Saturday, Perrine made 11 saves in a 2-0 loss to No. 8 Penn State on Sunday.
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Sr., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera made five saves in a 4-0 shutout of Lafayette on Saturday and three in a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Maryland on Sunday.
HALLE BIGGAR, COLGATE Sr., F, Pike, Ohio
Biggar totaled three goals in a pair of one-goal losses for the Raiders last week.
ZOEY PACHECO, LEHIGH So., M, Macungie, Pa.
Pacheco had the game-winning goal, the first of her career, with less than five minutes to play in a 2-1 win over Lock Haven on Sunday.