Ashlynn Soellner has been one of several offensive spark plugs for a Navy team that has won 11 in a row, the longest active streak in the country.
Sept. 25, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Navy has continued its torrid pace, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 11 thanks to Friday's 2-1 win at home over Boise State and Monday's 3-0 blanking at Howard. Ashlynn Soellner and Morgan Dankanich each scored a goal with an assist in Monday's win over the Bison, and Soellner has now taken over the League lead with nine goals and 21 points, while her 1.75 points-per-game average is second.
After well over a month of non-League action, the eight schools will begin League competition this weekend. Navy gets right back to work when the Mids host American Friday night at 7 p.m. The remaining three matches are set for Saturday. Army heads to Holy Cross at 1 p.m., Bucknell hosts Colgate at 2 p.m. and Lafayette and Lehigh renew their rivalry at 7 p.m. with the Leopards serving as hosts.
Patriot League Notebook
• This season the Patriot League could have its first 30-point scorer since 2008. Navy's Ashlynn Soellner has 21 points, just ahead of Colgate's Jillian Kinter (20). Kinter led the League in 2011 with 23 points. Colgate has seven regular-season contests remaining, while Navy has eight.
• In addition to owning the nation's longest active win streak at 11, the Mids were also the country's first squad to 10 victories.
• Navy is ranked No. 4 in Tuesday's NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic Top 10, which considered records and results through Sunday. Colgate is listed as one of two teams receiving votes.
• American goalkeeper Charlene Belanger posted a .824 save percentage with 14 stops in the Eagles' two matches last week.
• After going scoreless in its first three matches, Lehigh has scored eight goals in its last five contests.
• Senior Hannah Earner came off the bench to score the game-winner in Holy Cross' 1-0 win at Manhattan Saturday.
• Lafayette senior Jill Dozier now ranks fifth in school history with 14 career goals after her game-tying goal against NJIT. over the weekend.
• Bucknell has outscored opponents 20-2 in its seven victories.
• Army's 3-2 victory Sunday over Columbia snapped the Lions' three-match shutout streak.
• After entering the season with one career tally, Bucknell's Chelsey Garkowski has seven goals on the season and six in her last three games.
• Army is 13-0-3 in its last 16 meetings with Holy Cross. The Crusaders' last win in the series was 1-0 on Oct. 28, 1995.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHELSEY GARKOWSKI, BUCKNELL Jr., F, Brick, N.J.
Garkowski continued her impressive roll of late, scoring a program record-tying four goals in Bucknell's 5-0 whitewash of Canisius Friday in Lewisburg, Pa. She scored her first three of the contest in 25:52, and added her fourth in the 62nd minute. Garkowski might have had more, as two more quality scoring chances were rebuffed. She now has six goals in the last three contests, and is the third Bison (and first since 1994) to score four times in a match.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY So., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Seabrook logged the primary assist on Ashlynn Soellner's game-winner with 27 remaining in regulation to lift Navy to a 2-1 victory Friday over Boise State. The victory extended the Mids' win streak to 10, the longest in the country and the program's best since winning 19 in a row in 2006. Seabrook also anchored a Navy defense that allowed one goal and five shots on net.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
SANDITA McDERMOTT, BUCKNELL Sr., GK, Rhinebeck, N.Y.
McDermott stopped six shots and earned the win as Bucknell overwhelmed Canisius 5-0 on Friday. The senior helped lead the Bison to their fifth shutout of the season and increased her season save percentage to .803. In addition, Bucknell's seven non-League victories are the most in the eight-year tenure of head coach Ben Landis.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ANNIE GALVIN, HOLY CROSS Fr., F, Attleboro, Mass.
Galvin tallied her fourth goal of the season in Holy Cross' 2-1 overtime loss to New Hampshire. The rookie from Attleboro, Mass., leads the Crusaders with eight points entering into the start of League play this weekend.
KIM AN, ARMY Jr., F, Oak Ridge, N.J.
An's successful penalty kick in the 67th minute stood up as the difference in the Black Knights' 3-2 victory over Columbia Sunday at West Point, N.Y.
JESSICA McALLISTER, ARMY Fr., GK, Auburn, Wash.
McAllister made seven stops, including one on a penalty kick, to help lift Army to a 3-2 victory over Columbia Sunday.
MURPHEE GREELEY, LEHIGH Jr., F, Devon, Pa.
Greeley scored both of Lehigh's goals in Sunday's 3-2 overtime defeat against La Salle.