Oct. 5, 2010

By Amy Farnum
NCAA.com

CARDINALS CLIMBING:
Louisville climbed two spots to No. 8 in the latest NFHCA Division I poll for the Cardinals highest-ranking in program history after downing then-No. 5 Connecticut and Saint Louis last week.

Junior Hayley Turner tallied two goals in a 3-2 victory against the Huskies, netting the game-winning score in overtime. She added two assists as the Cardinals 7-0 shutout against Saint Louis two days later. Turner was named BIG EAST Offensive for her contributions.

Teammate Karah Nall anchored the Cardinals defense in both contests, helping Louisville hold the Billikins without a shot for the teams third shutout of the season. The senior earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors.

The Cardinals travel to Rutgers for a conference clash on Oct. 9, followed by a contest at No. 3 Princeton the next day.

TERRIFIC TERRAPIN:
The University of Maryland bounced back from its first loss of the season -- a 4-2 setback to then-No. 4 Princeton on Sept. 28 -- to claim a pair of hard-fought victories over No. 3 Virginia and No. 19 Michigan behind the offensive prowess of senior attacker Katie ODonnell.

The native of Blue Bell, Pa., scored at least one goal in each of the Terps three games as she collected five goals and a pair of assists for 12 points on the week. ODonnell netted the game-winner in overtime against the Cavaliers as Maryland moved to 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. She followed it up with her sixth career hat trick in the 4-3 victory over the Wolverines, which gave head coach Missy Meharg her 400th career victory.

ODonnell was named ACC Player of the Week for her performance, and currently ranks second in the nation with 3.64 points per game. Mehargs career record now stands at 400-102-9 in 23 seasons as the Terrapins head coach. The Terps dropped to No. 2 after going 2-1 on the road, and returns home to play No. 13 Duke and Pacific Oct. 9-10.

EAGLES SOAR: American University swept the Patriot League weekly awards after dominating Lehigh, 9-0, and upending then-No. 4 Princeton, 3-2, over the weekend. The two solid victories propelled the Eagles four spots up the rankings to No. 10.

Christine Fingerhuth registered four goals to claim Offensive Player of the Week for the third time of her career, beginning with two against Lehigh. The senior added two more against the Tigers as she moved up to eighth on the schools all-time goals list with 42.

Hannah Weitzman was selected Goalkeeper of the Week, while Lotte van de Mierop recorded a goal in each contest to earn Rookie of the Week as the Eagles stretched their winning streak to eight games. Weitzman now ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 0.94 goals against average and is 9-2 on the year.

QUICK STICKS: New Hampshire opened America East play with a 3-2 win at Maine and fended off Northeastern in overtime as the Wildcats got off their best start since 1997. UNH has played its last four games on the road, going 4-1 to improve to 9-3 on the season … Ohio State junior midfielder Aisling Coyle collected 11 points on five goals and an assist in wins over Robert Morris and Indiana, earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career. Coyle netted her first career hat trick against RMU. She has scored at least one goal in 10 of 11 games and ranks fourth in the nation with 1.27 goals per game … Old Dominion stretched its winning streak to five goals, outscoring foes 19-1 during the span, after the Lady Monarchs breezed by Towson, 8-0, on Oct. 3. No. 19 ODU is 3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association action, and will face No. 20 Drexel on Oct. 8. The Dragons are also 3-0 in CAA action.