CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Good teams find ways to win, and so far Navy continues to do everything right. The Mids won twice last week, including another come-from-behind effort, to extend their win streak to nine entering the last weekend before League play begins in earnest at the end of the month.
While Navy is the top team story in the Patriot League so far in 2012, the individual focus remains on Colgate senior Jillian Kinter. The Newburyport, Mass., native has continued to fulfill the promise bestowed upon her when she was voted the League's preseason Offensive Player of the Year, as she leads the League with eight goals and 20 points. The Raiders finished their non-League schedule 5-4-2 and are now off until opening League play Sept. 29 against Bucknell.
Speaking of the Bison, their 2-1 week propelled them to 6-4-0 on the season, already surpassing last year's win total of five.
The upcoming week features 12 non-League matchups beginning with American's visit to George Washington Tuesday at 4 p.m. Holy Cross and Lafayette will be in action Wednesday, while Navy looks to stretch its win streak into double digits Friday against Boise State.
Patriot League Notebook
Bucknell senior keeper Sandita McDermott logged her 11th career shutout last week against Mount St. Mary's, moving her into fourth place in school annals.
Colgate's Jillian Kinter has a goal in three straight matches for the Raiders.
Lafayette's Lauren Smedley captured her 24th career shutout last weekend in the 4-0 victory over Wagner. She's one shy of fifth all-time in League history.
Lehigh's Rosie Vitta, Darby Dustman and Paige Elliott all collected their first career markers last week.
Navy (fifth) and Colgate (ninth) are listed in Tuesday's NSCAA/Continental Mid-Atlantic top 10.
The Mids' 3.10 goals per game are tops in the League and ranked sixth nationally. Central Arkansas leads the nation averaging 3.67 goals per contest.
Holy Cross sophomore Carly McCabe leads the League and ranks fifth in the nation with a .921 save percentage. She recorded her second clean sheet of the season and career fourth Sunday against Delaware State.
Following last weekend's trip out west, Army is off for a week before hosting Columbia on Sunday. The defending champion Black Knights will then open Patriot League play Sept. 29 at Holy Cross.
American's 2-1 win over Howard last week snapped a four-match skid. The Eagles look for a second straight win Monday at George Washington.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK CHELSEY GARKOWSKI, BUCKNELLJr., F, Brick, N.J. Garkowski produced her first career two-goal game in Friday's 3-1 victory over Cal State Bakersfield to open the Saint Mary's Tournament. Her first tally gave the Bison the early lead in the fifth minute, and she added an insurance goal at the 62:29 mark to give Bucknell a 3-0 lead. Garkowski earned a spot on the All-Tournament team.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK LIZZY RULLAN, NAVYFr., D, East Setauket, N.Y. Rullan came off the bench and scored the game-winner in the second half as Navy completed the comeback for a 3-2 victory over James Madison Friday in Annapolis, Md. Her impressive weekend continued when she earned the start and played all 90 minutes of the Mids' 5-0 blanking of VMI on Sunday, their third shutout of the season. The Navy defense held the Keydets to just one shot.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK SANDITA McDERMOTT, BUCKNELLSr., GK, Rhinebeck, N.Y. McDermott was the keeper of record in all three of Bucknell's matches during its 2-1-0 week. She opened the week with a clean sheet in the Bison's 2-0 win over Mount St. Mary's, and stopped six shots with no goals allowed before being relieved in the 74th minute of Friday's 3-1 win over Cal State Bakersfield. Despite suffering the loss in Sunday's 2-0 defeat to Saint Mary's, McDermott made 10 saves against the Gaels and finished the week with a .895 save percentage.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK KAYLIE DAVIDSON, NAVYFr., M, Oceanside, Calif. Davidson picked up points in both Navy victories over the weekend. She assisted on Caprice Kelty's game-tying goal in the Mids' 3-2 come-from-behind win Friday against James Madison, while she came off the bench and scored in the 50th minute of Navy's 5-0 shutout of VMI on Sunday. It's Davidson's second Rookie of the Week nod.
HONORABLE MENTIONS SHAENA ALFONSI, AMERICANJr., M, Pittsfield, Mass. Alfonsi scored with 28 seconds remaining in regulation to lift American to a 2-1 win over Howard Friday at home. The victory snapped a four-match skid.
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATESr., F, Newburyport, Mass. Kinter scored one goal in each of the Raiders' two matches last week, extending her goal-scoring streak to three matches while giving her the League lead with eight goals and 20 points.
MEGAN GREINEDER, HOLY CROSSFr., M, East Greenwich, R.I. Nursing a leg injury, Greineder's status was a game-time decision. She made the most of it, picking up two assists in the Crusaders' 3-0 win Sunday over visiting Delaware State.
LAUREN SMEDLEY, LAFAYETTESr., GK, Hamilton, N.J. Smedley went 1-1-0 last week, with her victory a three-save shutout in a 4-0 blanking of Wagner. It was her fourth clean sheet of the season and 24th of her career, moving her within one of sixth on the League's all-time list.
ANI NAHAPETIAN, LEHIGHFr., GK, Pleasonton, Calif. Nahapetian came off the bench and made six saves to preserve Lehigh's 3-0 blanking of Marist on Friday. She added nine more stops in Sunday's loss against Stony Brook.
CAPRICE KELTY, NAVYSo., F, Odenton, Md. Kelty logged four points on the week on a goal and two assists, helping to extend Navy's win streak to nine straight with victories against James Madison and VMI.