Joey Molacek leads Army after four matches with three goals and seven points.
Aug. 28, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Seven of the eight Patriot League squads have entered the win column for 2012 thus far, after American and Bucknell captured their first triumphs of the year last week. The Bison had to wait until Sunday to get theirs in a 3-1 victory over Robert Morris at home, but they look to keep th at momentum going when they host Buffalo Friday evening. After playing its first four on the road, American welcomes Liberty to the nation’s capital Friday afternoon for its home opener at Reeves Field.
Labor Day is typically viewed as the unofficial end of the summer, but League teams will hardly have any time to celebrate the changes in the season. Sixteen matches are scheduled from Thursday through Monday, with oddly no contests on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
• Navy is the League’s hottest team, having won three in a row following the season-opening loss to Maryland. The offense is carrying the Mids, scoring 2.75 goals and getting off over 18 shots per game, both League bests.
• After four straight on the road, American gears up for its home opener Friday against Liberty before welcoming No. 13 Virginia Tech to Reeves Field Sunday. The Hokies are 4-0-0 as of Tuesday.
• Army has been on a similar trek to American, having played four straight away from West Point. The Black Knights start a four-match home stand Friday when they host Stony Brook. Joey Molacek, last year’s League Tournament MVP, leads the Black Knights with three goals after notching a pair over the weekend in a 2-1 win over Texas State.
• Idle since Aug. 19, Lafayette steps on the pitch again Friday at Sacred Heart before playing its first home match Sunday against St. Peter’s. Lauren Smedley is the only League keeper with a shutout this season. She has two.
• The League inched over the .500 mark in non-conference action on Monday night with Navy’s 3-2 win over George Mason. The League is 11-10-3 through two full weeks of play.
• Navy’s Paloma Perez leads the League with eight points (2g, 4a). She had 12 points (4g, 4a) in 20 appearances a season ago.
• Despite the upcoming holiday weekend, only one League team is participating in a tournament. Colgate is headed to the Princeton Invitational to battle Hofstra and the host Tigers.
• Eight different players have hit the scoresheet for Bucknell, with Cassie Denger the only one with at least a goal and an assist.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PALOMA PEREZ, NAVY Jr., F, Mobile, Ala.
Perez scored a career-best five points on a pair of goals and an assist in Navy’s 6-0 triumph over visiting USC Upstate. She tallied the Mids’ first goal of the game just 3:09 into the contest, and had collected all five of her points by the 15:01 mark. She leads Navy with six points through three matches.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JULIE SCHUMACHER, NAVY So., D, Plantation, Fla.
Schumacher picked up an assist on Ashlynn Soellner’s goal eight minutes into Navy’s 6-0 rout of USC Upstate. In addition to her offensive contribution, Schumacher was one of the defensive stalwarts for the Mids. Navy held USC Upstate to just five shots total, including three on net.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
CARLY McCABE, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Barrington, R.I.
McCabe made her first start of the season a good one with a career-high 12 saves as Holy Cross drew 1-1 with Big East opponent Providence in Worcester, Mass. She finished the match with a .923 save percentage and a 0.82 goals-against average.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAYLIE DAVIDSON, NAVY Fr., M, Oceanside, Calif.
Davidson came off the bench and tallied two goals and an assist for five points in Navy’s 6-0 win over USC Upstate. All of her offense came in just 40 minutes of play, and they were the first points of her career. She scored back-to-back goals in the 45th and 72nd minutes, while her dish came in the 82nd minute.
JASMINE MOHANDESI, AMERICAN Sr., F, Vienna, Va.
Mohandesi scored twice in two games for the Eagles last week, including the game-winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory at UMBC.
JOEY MOLACEK, ARMY Jr., M, Saugus, Calif.
Molacek scored both goals in Army’s 2-1 victory Friday against Texas State in El Paso, Texas. Texas State is the defending Southland Conference champion and qualified for the NCAA Tournament last season.
CASSIE DENGER, BUCKNELL So., M, Nazareth, Pa.
Denger scored the game-winner and assisted on the insurance marker in Bucknell’s 3-1 victory Sunday over Robert Morris.
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter sparked Colgate’s 3-1 win Sunday over Marist, netting the game-winner and tallying six shots, including five on the cage.
ASHLEY BLANKS, LEHIGH So., GK, North Andover, Mass.
Blanks recorded a career-high 13 saves in Lehigh’s 2-0 loss Friday to visiting Seton Hall.