Navy sophomore Morgan Dankanich has scored six goals in 10 outings against Patriot League teams.
Oct. 2, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The first of two double weekends of matches begins Friday, and the standings could look vastly different when the dust finally settles late Sunday afternoon.
Colgate, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Navy secured victories in the first set of Patriot League matches last weekend, and those early points could be crucial for any postseason bids.
Bucknell and Lafayette take to the road in non-League matches Tuesday. The Bison will take on the highest-ranked opponent for a League team this season when they visit No. 4 Penn State, while the Leopards look to make it two straight victories when they head to Cornell. Both matches are scheduled for 7 p.m.
Friday’s matches start at 3 p.m. when American entertains Lehigh in the nation’s capital. The rest of Friday’s contests are set for 7 p.m., with Colgate hosting Army, Holy Cross going to Bucknell and Navy entertaining Lafayette.
Sunday’s showdowns are all slated for 1 p.m. Bucknell hosts defending champion Army, Holy Cross visits Colgate, American welcomes Lafayette and Lehigh heads to Navy.
Patriot League Notebook
• Navy remained No. 4 in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic Top 10 rankings released Tuesday.
• Lafayette’s 1-0 win Saturday over Lehigh marks the first time the Leopards have defeated their rivals in consecutive years. The series began in 1991. Lehigh leads 13-7-2.
• Holy Cross’ 1-0 defeat of Army was the Crusaders’ first against the Black Knights since Oct. 28, 1995, also a 1-0 decision in Worcester, Mass.
• Colgate’s Jillian Kinter extended her point-scoring streak to nine straight games with three assists in the Raiders’ 4-1 win over Bucknell.
• Navy leads the Patriot League and sits seventh in the country averaging 3.0 goals per game.
• Lehigh snapped a four-match slide with Monday’s 2-1 double-overtime win at Columbia. The Mountain Hawks tied the match in the 90th minute before winning in the second extra frame.
• Lafayette keeper Lauren Smedley tied the school mark for career games for a goalie with 63.
• Morgan Dankanich has scored six times in 10 matches against League opponents, including Friday versus American.
• Tuesday’s contests are the last non-League battles of the regular season for Bucknell and Lafayette.
• A Lafayette win Tuesday would clinch a winning record for the Patriot League versus the Ivy League during the regular season.
• Holy Cross netminder Carly McCabe is 21st in the nation with a 0.61 goals-against average.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN DANKANICH, NAVY So., F, Glenmoore, Pa.
Dankanich scored in each of Navy’s three matches over the week, and picked up one assist on the way to tally seven points. She logged a goal and a helper in Monday’s 3-0 blanking of Howard, then notched the game-winner in the second half of Friday’s 1-0 win over American in the League opener. She finished the week by adding another marker in Sunday’s 5-0 blanking of Mount St. Mary’s. Dankanich was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week Monday, while her League honor is the second of her career and first of the season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JULIE SCHUMACHER, NAVY So., D, Plantation, Fla.
Schumacher started all three matches for Navy last week, with each ending in a shutout for the Mids. She logged a team-high 207 minutes on the back line while also contributing offensively with a pair of assists. She earned one helper in Monday’s 3-0 win at Howard, and added another in Sunday’s 5-0 blanking of Mount St. Mary’s. It’s her second Defensive Player of the Week award of the season.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
CARLY McCABE, HOLY CROSS So., GK, Barrington, R.I.
McCabe recorded her fourth shutout of the season and third in the last four outings with 12 stops in the Crusaders’ 1-0 victory over defending League champion Army Saturday in Worcester, Mass. The sophomore backstopped Holy Cross to its first victory over the Black Knights since 1995, with Army having gone 13-0-3 since. McCabe leads the League in goals-against average (0.61) and save percentage (.914). McCabe earns her second Goalkeeper of the Week nod of the fall.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE Fr., F, Buffalo, N.Y.
Williams tallied her seventh and eighth goals of the season, providing the Raiders with key insurance early in the second half to stave off a Bucknell rally in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. Her first marker came in the 56th minute, just five minutes after the Bison cut Colgate’s lead to 2-1. Williams added her second of the game in the 59th, with both goals assisted by Jillian Kinter. She is tied for third in the League and is the leading rookie with 21 points. It’s her third weekly honor of the season.
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter extended her point streak to nine straight games with three assists in Colgate’s 4-1 win over Bucknell Saturday in the opening of League play.
ASHLEY WALSH, COLGATE Sr., GK, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
Walsh turned away six shots in the Raiders’ 4-1 win over Bucknell. She’s tallied at least five saves in three straight outings.
GINA RIGHINI, HOLY CROSS So., F, Salem, N.H.
Righini tallied her third career game-winner as Holy Cross defeated Army 1-0 Saturday in League play. It’s the Crusaders’ first victory over the Black Knights since 1995.
LAUREN SMEDLEY, LAFAYETTE Sr., GK, Hamilton, N.J.
Smedley recorded her fifth shutout of the season with four saves in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Lafayette. She’s now tied for sixth in League history with 26 career clean sheets.