Oct. 13, 2010

WINNING WARRIORS: East Stroudsburg University has claimed the No. 1 spot in the latest NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll for the first time in program history after the Warriors remained unbeaten with an 8-2 victory over Mercyhurst last weekend.

The Warriors jumped previously top-ranked Shippensburg in the poll by a one-point margin, although the Raiders also boast a flawless season mark of 10-0.

Senior forward Jessica Frantz continued her stellar offensive play, netting three goals against the Lakers as she increased her Division II-leading goal total to 23. Frantz, who also tops the nation with 4.45 points per game, needs just six tallies to tie the schools season mark of 29 goals. ESU ranks third in the nation with a 4.45 scoring average.

The Warriors head to No. 10 Millersville on Oct. 16 as they look to stretch their program-record winning streak to 12 games.

RIVER HAWK REWARDED:
Senior midfielder Jaime Hadley garnered Northeast-10 Conference Defensive Player of the Week after combining for six points in a pair of UMass Lowell shutouts in league play last week.

The native of Chelmsford, Mass., contributed an assist in a 5-0 victory over Merrimack, and followed it up with a goal and three assists in a convincing 9-0 defeat of Assumption.
Hadley played a key role on a squad that outshot foes, 59-6, in two games. Hadley leads the nation with 1.0 assists per game.

The No. 3 River Hawks are 11-0 and pace Division II in nine of 11 statistical categories, including scoring average (5.45) and goals against average (0.18). Freshman goalkeeper Melanie Hopkins has racked up eight shutouts this season, and tops the nation with a 0.19 goals against average.

UMass Lowell is back in action at Bentley on Oct. 14 as the River Hawks look to stay perfect on the season.

CATCH YOU LATER: The Shippensburg-Mansfield contest was postponed for the second time in the last two weeks due to inclement weather and unplayable field conditions.

The two Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division squads were originally scheduled to meet on Oct. 2, but were postponed because of heavy rains. On Oct. 11, the two teams played for 19 seconds until a thunderstorm and lightening delays stopped action. At the end of the delays, the field was in poor condition, and the meeting was postponed for the second time. No make-up date has been announced.

BLOOMING SCORER: Bloomsburg University sophomore Lauren McGinley claimed Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Eastern Division Player of the Week honors after providing the offensive spark in two league wins for the Huskies.

The native of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., netted a pair of goals in a 4-0 victory over No. 5 Kutztown and followed it up with a game-tying tally in a 2-1 win versus Slippery Rock last weekend. She ranks second on the team in scoring with five goals and 10 points in only four starts this season.

The No. 4 Huskies are 7-2 on the year with their only losses coming to No. 1 East Stroudsburg and No. 2 Shippensburg. Bloomsburg has won four straight Division II national championships.