Oct. 29, 2013
Patriot League Field Hockey Release - 10.29.13
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The final weekend of the field hockey regular season has become rather anticlimactic as American locked up the top seed and hosting rights and Lafayette sealed the final berth for the Patriot League Tournament over the weekend.
Patriot League Notebook
THE TOP FIVE @PATRIOTLEAGUE NOTES
*American will host the 2013 Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament on Nov. 8-9 at Jacobs Field.
*The Eagles clinched the top seed for the 10th time in 11 years with a 1-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday.
*American goes for its eighth undefeated League season on Saturday at Lehigh.
*Boston University, Bucknell and Lafayette will join the Eagles in the postseason.
*The defending champion Leopards clinched their spot with a 4-3 win over Colgate on Saturday.
American to Host 2013 Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament
For the 10th time in 11 seasons, the American Eagles will play as the top seed in the Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament after securing their position with a 1-0 win over Bucknell at home on Saturday.
The Eagles will host Boston University, Bucknell and Lafayette in the postseason tourney at Jacobs Field on Nov. 8-9. The two-time defending champion Leopards earned the last spot in the field with a 4-3 win over Colgate on Saturday.
American will host the tourney for the eighth time in nine seasons, as it was not able to host despite holding the top seed in 2003 and 2004. The Eagles won eight consecutive League titles as the No. 1 seed from 2003-10 before Lafayette won the crown the past two seasons. American has made the Patriot League Tournament in each of its 13 seasons.
Boston University will play as the No. 2 seed in its first Patriot League Tournament. The Terriers are 4-1 in League action, with the only loss coming in a 1-0 overtime defeat at home against American on Sept. 28. Bucknell makes the postseason tourney for the sixth straight season and 16th overall, while Lafayette is in the Patriot League Tournament for the eighth year in row and League-high 17th season. Bucknell is all but guaranteed to be the No. 3 seed with Lafayette likely playing as the No. 4.
Final Weekend of League Action Ahead
Though there is nothing at stake for the Patriot League Tournament, the final League weekend does feature some intrigue. American will go for its eighth undefeated Patriot League record, and first since 2010, when it visits Lehigh. Lafayette heads to Boston University in a matchup of teams headed to the postseason. And Colgate goes to Holy Cross in a matchup for fifth place, with the Crusaders also looking to get two League wins for the first time since 2009. Holy Cross' five wins for the season are the most since it had seven in 2008.
Checking the Patriot League Statistics
The battle for the Patriot League points lead will go down to the final weekend, with Lehigh's Marissa Glatt (25) holding a slight edge over Colgate's Halle Biggar (23) and Eliana Brown (22)...Glatt leads the League with 12 goals, followed by Biggar with 11 and Brown at 10...Lafayette's Kirby Szalkowski, American's Carly Atchison and Boston University's Ysi Schieb are tied for the League lead with seven assists...American's Ashley Dalisera is slightly ahead of BU's Valentina Cerda Eimbcke in both goals against average (1.35-1.38) and save percentage (.796-.769).
Patriot League Field Hockey Weekly Awards
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KELSEY MEAD, LAFAYETTE Jr., M, Manasquan, N.J.
Mead helped Lafayette get into the Patriot League Tournament with a goal and two assists in a 4-3 win over Colgate on Saturday. Mead's goal tied the score early in the second half, and she assisted on the next two tallies as the Leopards built a 4-2 lead. Mead also added an assist in a 3-2 loss to No. 17 Temple on Sunday. She has four goals and five assists to tie for the team lead with 13 points this season. Mead is named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week for the first time.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GRACE WILSON, AMERICAN Jr., D, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wilson played two more strong games on both ends of the field to claim her sixth Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week award of the season, tying Lafayette's Brittany Blass (2012) for the single-season record. Wilson claims the honor for the third straight time and fifth in the past six weeks as she led an American defense that posted its fourth shutout in Patriot League play with a 1-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday, which clinched the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the Eagles. American limited the Bison to two shots in the second half, neither of which was on goal, as the Eagles broke through for the game's only score in the 58th minute. The Eagles also held the Bison to one penalty corner in the game. Wilson scored her team-leading eighth goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to William & Mary on Sunday when she tied the score in the 45th minute.
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
ASHLEY DALISERA, AMERICAN Sr., GK, Millersville, Md.
Dalisera registered her fourth shutout of the year by making two saves in a 1-0 win over Bucknell on Saturday which gave the Eagles the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons. Both saves came in the first half and kept the game scoreless as American notched the only goal in the 58th minute. She entered in the second half against William & Mary and made four saves before the Eagles fell 2-1 in overtime. Dalisera is named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week for the third time this season and seventh in her career.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
HESTER VAN DER LAAN, BOSTON UNIVERSITY Fr., M, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Van der Laan had a hand in all three goals for the Terriers in a 3-1 win over California on Friday. She assisted on a pair of corner goals before converting a penalty stroke in the 18th minute. All of her points came in a four-minute span as BU pulled away early. Van der Laan is named Patriot League Rookie of the Week for the first time, and becomes the third Terrier to claim the award this season.
BRITTANY BLASS, LAFAYETTE Jr., D, Mountain Top, Pa.
Blass had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in Lafayette's 4-3 win over Colgate on Saturday.
ISABEL TERWINDT, AMERICAN So., M, Alpen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands
Terwindt had the only goal of the game in the 58th minute to lead American past Bucknell 1-0 on Saturday.
KATY CRONIN, HOLY CROSS So., F, Franklin, Mass.
Cronin had a goal and two assists in a 4-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday, and also tallied an assist in a 3-1 loss to Brown on Wednesday.
MICHELLE McNEIL, HOLY CROSS So., M, Canton, Mass.
McNeil had a pair of goals in Holy Cross' 4-1 win over Lehigh on Saturday.
SOFI LAURITO, BOSTON UNIVERSITY So., M/F, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Laurito had a pair of goals over the weekend, scoring in a 3-1 win over California on Friday and 3-1 loss to Duke on Saturday.