Morgan Dankanich netted the game-winner in Navy's 2-1 triumph Sunday over UMBC.
Aug. 20, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Seven of the eight Patriot League teams opened their 2012 slates over the weekend, combining for a .500 mark of 5-5-2 in the 12 contests. Five of the seven played a pair of matches, with each of the five having different outcomes across the two contests. American rebounded from Friday's 2-0 loss at Villanova to tie Saint Joseph's 2-2 on Sunday. Army started on a high note with a 3-1 win Friday at Vermont, but dropped a 3-1 decision at Providence two days later.
Colgate suffered the same fate, posting a season-opening 2-1 win at Buffalo Friday before falling 3-2 in overtime to Syracuse on Sunday. Navy has the same 1-1-0 mark as Army and Colgate after two matches, although the Mids' results came in reverse order. They dropped their first match of the season at home Friday night, a 3-0 loss to No. 13 Maryland, before rebounding Sunday for a 2-1 victory against visiting UMBC.
Two teams remain undefeated after the first weekend. Lafayette started with a scoreless draw at UMBC on Friday before shutting out Howard 2-0 on Sunday. Holy Cross opened 2012 in primetime on Sunday with a 4-1 victory over Wagner.
Teams are idle until Wednesday, when American returns to the road for a 7 p.m. kickoff at George Mason. The schedule ramps up again for the weekend with 11 matches, including Lehigh's season-opener at home Friday against Seton Hall.
Patriot League Notebook
Colgate has been tabbed the preseason favorite, according to a poll of the League's head coaches and sports information directors. The Raiders received 91 points and nine first-place votes, while senior forward Jillian Kinter was named preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
Kinter was held off the scoresheet against Buffalo, but rebounded with a goal and assist Sunday in the overtime loss to the Orange.
Taylor Batye and Morgan Dankanich scored 57 seconds apart to pace Navy in Sunday's 2-1 win over UMBC. Dankanich, a sophomore, already has five career game-winning tallies.
Lafayette goalkeeper Lauren Smedley is tied for seventh in League history with 22 career shutouts after a pair over the weekend. She's three shy of sixth and nine away from the League mark.
Colgate senior keeper Ashley Walsh recorded career victory No. 26 in Friday's triumph at Buffalo.
Lehigh is the last remaining League school yet to begin its season. The Mountain Hawks will host Seton Hall Friday at 4 p.m.
Army split its first two matches under interim head coach Fred Thompson.
Holy Cross has opened the season with a victory in three of Darren Gallagher's four years as head coach.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CASSIE MUZIK, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Massapequa, N.Y.
Muzik scored the first two goals of her collegiate career in the Crusaders' 4-1 win Sunday evening over visiting Wagner. She is the first Holy Cross player in nearly two years to post a multiple-goal outing. Her first marker tied the match in the 23rd minute and ignited a string of four unanswered goals. Her second goal less than a minute after halftime to put the Crusaders up by two.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KELLY BOYCE, LAFAYETTE So., D, Feasterville, Pa.
Boyce was the only defensive player to log all 200 minutes of the Leopards' two weekend shutouts. She was instrumental in Lafayette holding UMBC and Howard scoreless during that span, including allowing just two shots on goal in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Bison.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
LAUREN SMEDLEY, LAFAYETTE Sr., GK, Hamilton, N.J.
Smedley opened her senior season with back-to-back shutouts in leading the Leopards to a 1-0-1 start thus far. She made seven saves, including three in overtime, in Friday's scoreless draw at UMBC. Thanks to stout defense in front of her, she only had to make two stops in Sunday's 2-0 victory at Howard. Smedley has posted three consecutive regular-season shutouts dating back to last season, while her career tally now sits at 22. She's tied for seventh on the League all-time list and is three shy of sixth.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
LEXI PANEPINTO, COLGATE Fr., M, Buffalo, N.Y.
After being held off the scoresheet Friday against Buffalo, Panepinto broke through with her first career tally in game two. She scored three minutes into the second half after finding open space in the box and slipping the ball inside the near post. Her goal gave Colgate a 2-0 lead on the Orange. She finished with a pair of shots on goal Sunday.
MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVY So., Glenmoore, Pa.
Dankanich tallied the game-winner Sunday as Navy edged UMBC 2-1. Her tally came 57 seconds after Taylor Batye had given the Mids a 1-0 lead.
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter logged a multiple-point outing with a goal and assist in Colgate's 3-2 overtime loss to Syracuse.
MICHELLE MONTILIO, AMERICAN Sr., M, Hanover, Mass.
Montilio sparked American in its 2-2 draw Sunday at Saint Joseph's. The preseason All-League selection posted a career-high three point with a goal and an assist.
KIM AN, ARMY Jr., A, Oak Ridge, N.J.
An tallied the game-winner in Army's season-opening 3-1 victory Friday at Vermont. It's the junior's 20th career marker, and it lifted the Black Knights to their first win in an opener since 2008.