Bucknell senior Sandita McDermott tied the League record with her fourth Goalkeeper of the Week award of the season.
Oct. 9, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The four home teams held serve in the first Friday/Sunday weekend of matches, setting up a showdown for first place when Navy visits Colgate Friday night at 7 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y. The two teams will have all of the attention to themselves, as the remaining three matches of the weekend are spread out across Saturday and Sunday.
The matchup will feature League’s top two scoring offenses. The Mids are averaging 2.88 goals per contest, with the Raiders trailing close behind at 2.57 per outing. The teams also account for the League’s top four individual scorers, with Colgate senior Jillian Kinter leading the way with 10 goals and 28 points. She was the preseason pick for Offensive Player of the Year.
The Colgate-Navy battle won’t be the only one with potentially large implications in the upper half of the standings. American and Bucknell are tied for second with six points after both posted a pair of weekend victories. The Eagles head north to Lewisburg, Pa., for a 1 p.m. matchup Saturday with the Bison.
Holy Cross hosts Lafayette and Lehigh heads to Army in the weekend’s other two matches. Critical points are on the line as the fourth match marks the halfway point in League play.
Patriot League Notebook
• Lehigh is eager to build some momentum as the Mountain Hawks visit Princeton in non-League play Wednesday at 7 p.m.
• Sandita McDermott’s selection as the BRINE Goalkeeper of the Week ties the League record with four honors in a season. The Bucknell keeper matches the mark first achieved by former Bison netminder Kathryn Sutton in 2007.
• Navy’s 15-match win streak remains the longest active run in NCAA women’s soccer. The Mids are four shy of their own team and Patriot League mark of 19 set in 2006. Navy has four regular-season matches remaining.
• American’s shutouts of Lehigh and Lafayette over the weekend were the Eagles’ first back-to-back regular-season blankings of League opponents since 2008, when they defeated Lehigh and Lafayette in the same order by the same scores (1-0 and 3-0, respectively).
• Joey Molacek, who scored twice in Army’s 3-2 loss at Colgate Friday, also scored twice against the Raiders in Hamilton, N.Y., in last season’s Patriot League Tournament.
• Colgate senior keeper Ashley Walsh picked up her first shutout of the season Sunday against Holy Cross.
• Navy’s wins over the weekend were the 250th and 251st in program history.
• The Mids have scored five game-winning goals in the 88th minute or later this season, including a pair last week.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
BRINE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JILLIAN KINTER, COLGATE Sr., F, Newburyport, Mass.
Kinter extended her point-scoring streak to 11 straight matches with a goal in each contest as the Raiders went 2-0 with Patriot League wins over visiting Army and Holy Cross over the weekend. She tallied the game-winner in the second half of Friday’s 3-2 victory against the Black Knights, and scored the first of her team’s three markers in Sunday’s clean sheet versus the Crusaders. Kinter leads the League with 10 goals and 28 points, and earns her second Offensive Player of the Week nod this season.
BRINE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KIRSTEN ERIKSEN, AMERICAN So., D/M, Stamford, Conn.
Eriksen had a pair of strong performances over the weekend in leading the Eagles to back-to-back shutouts of visiting Lehigh Friday and Lafayette Sunday. Eriksen anchored an American defense that allowed just five shots on goal in Friday’s victory over the Mountain Hawks. The defense became even tougher Sunday, as the Eagles yielded only five total shots and two on goal in the 3-0 triumph over the Leopards. It’s Eriksen’s first career weekly honor from the Patriot League.
BRINE GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
SANDITA McDERMOTT, BUCKNELL Sr., GK, Rhinebeck, N.Y.
McDermott posted back-to-back shutouts as the Bison picked up six points during the first of two double weekends of League matches this season. She stopped five shots in Friday’s 1-0 victory over Holy Cross, and logged four more in Bucknell’s 2-0 blanking of defending League champion Army Sunday. McDermott takes over the League lead with six shutouts this season, placing her second in Bucknell single-season history. Her 13 career clean sheets are also second in Bison annals.
BRINE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KAYLIE DAVIDSON, NAVY Fr., M, Oceanside, Calif.
Davidson logged a pair of goals over the weekend, one in each contest, as Navy remained tied at the top of the Patriot League standings with Colgate. She tallied the Mids’ second goal in Friday’s 3-2 victory over Lafayette, but the bigger marker of the weekend came Sunday as she scored in the 99th minute of Navy’s 1-0 triumph over Lehigh in overtime. It’s Davidson’s third Rookie of the Week honor this season.
CHARLENE BELANGER, AMERICAN So., GK, Alexandria, Va.
Belanger’s first two career shutouts came at the perfect time, giving the Eagles a pair of League wins over the weekend against Lehigh and Lafayette. She made six saves in the two matches.
COURTNEY NELSON, BUCKNELL So., M, Phoenix, Ariz.
Nelson picked up an assist in Friday’s 1-0 win over Holy Cross and scored in Sunday’s 2-0 triumph over Army.
LAUREN DANDIE, BUCKNELL Fr., D, Fullerton, Calif.
Dandie played all 180 minutes at center back for the Bison over the weekend. She, along with senior Corinne Collins, anchored the Bucknell defense to a pair of shutouts against League opponents. The Bison picked up a critical six points.
CATHERINE WILLIAMS, COLGATE Fr., F, Buffalo, N.Y.
Williams continued her impressive rookie campaign with three points in Friday’s 3-2 win over Army.
PAIGE ELLIOTT, LEHIGH Fr., D, Apison, Tenn.
Elliott picked up an assist on the game-winning tally in Monday’s 2-1 overtime win against Columbia. She was also strong on the back line for Lehigh in three matches last week.
JADE SEABROOK, NAVY So., D, St. Paris, Ohio
Seabrook notched the primary assist on Navy’s game-winning goal in Sunday’s 1-0 overtime win over Lehigh.