Notebook: D-III Women's Field Hockey
Sept. 29, 2010
FLYING HIGH: Salisbury University regained its' No. 1 ranking in the NFCHA Division III poll after posting a pair of shutouts last week as the Sea Gulls bounced back with a vengeance from their only loss of the season.
Following a disappointing 3-0 setback to Messiah on Sept. 18, the Sea Gulls returned to Capital Athletic Conference play with a bang, downing Stevenson, 9-0, and following it up with a 1-0 victory over St. Mary's (Md.) College. Salisbury has recorded six shutouts in eight games this year, allowing just four scores for a 0.48 goals against average, which ranks sixth in Division III. The Sea Gulls pace the nation with 0.75 shutouts per game.
Salisbury is back in action on Sept. 30 to face CAC foe Wesley College as it looks to remain the league's only unbeaten squad.
HORNETS' NEST: Lynchburg College turned in a perfect 3-0 week, beginning with an upset of previously top-ranked Messiah on Sept. 22, and then exploding for 14 goals over the Hornets' next two contests.
Sophomore Lindsay Leonard claimed Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her contributions to Lynchburg's highly successfully week, highlighted with a pair of goals in the 2-1 victory over Messiah. She scored a game-tying goal with 3:13 left in regulation, and then netted the game-winner in overtime. The native of Yorktown, Va., also added a goal against Frostburg State in an 8-1 win on Sept. 26.
Lynchburg shot up six spots to No. 12 in the latest NFHCA Division III poll, and looks to stretch its three-game winning streak at Sweet Briar College on Sept. 29.
JUMBO SCORING JOLT: Tufts University senior forward Tamara Brown continued her run as one of the top players in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week and the nation as she notched four goals on the week to spark the Jumbos in two wins last week.
Brown registered two goals in a 3-0 win at UMass Dartmouth on Sept. 22, serving as one of the key offensive threats as the Jumbos outshot the Corsairs 25-0. The native of Annandale, Va., then chipped in another pair of scores, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Jumbos edged Wesleyan, 2-1, in NESCAC action.
Brown, the 2009 NESCAC Player of the Year and all-time leading scorer in Tufts field hockey history with 61 goals and 19 assists for 141 points, collected her fourth career NESCAC Player of the Week award for her performance.
Tufts, ranked No. 2 in the most recent national poll, looks to remain flawless as the Jumbos host Bates College for a NESCAC match-up on Oct. 2.
SHOTS FIRED: After being rained out in action last week, No. 4 Lebanon Valley College returned to the field with a strong 8-0 victory over Albright to open Commonwealth Conference play on Sept. 28. The Dutch outshot the Lions 51-1 in the dominating win.
Junior Jocelyn Novak, the nation's second-ranked goal scorer, added two more tallies to her all-time total as she moved up to second on the school's career list with 80. Novak, who entered the week ranked fourth in Division III with 3.83 points per game, is just eight goals of LVC's all-time record of 88 - a mark that has stood since 1972.
GOAL-ORIENTED: Skidmore College climbed four spots to No. 10 in the latest NFHCA Division III poll after turning in a 3-0 week, including a resounding 5-0 win over then-No. 15 William Smith in Liberty League action.
Senior Christine Kemp and freshman Kelly Blackhurst scored at least one goal in all three contests, earning the league's Co-Offensive Performer of the Week and Rookie of the Week awards, respectively. Kemp collected three goals and five assists on the week, while Blackhurst knocked in five scores.
The No. 10 Thoroughbreds will feature the nation's fifth-best scoring offense (4.86 goals per game) as they look to extend their five-game winning streak in a home game against No. 13 Middleburg on Sept. 30.