April 14, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

STILL PERFECT:  The University of Pennsylvania remained one of only three undefeated teams after notching a narrow 7-6 victory over Dartmouth sparked by a game-winning overtime goal by senior Becca Edwards.

The native of Flourtown, Pa., also contributed an assist and three ground balls as the Quakers improved to 11-0 on the year.  Edwards was named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for her game-saving play.

The Quakers handed then-No. 13 Dartmouth its first loss of the year, and put themselves in position to clinch a share of the Ivy League title with a victory over No. 7 Princeton on April 15.

ORANGE CRUSH: Syracuse University’s Katie Rowan collected her third BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week award after tallying a game-high six points in a 14-13 victory over Notre Dame on April 11.

The senior registered two goals and two assists during the Orange’s 10-0 scoring outburst in the first half, and capped off the contest with the eventual game-winning score with 1:55 remaining in regulation.

Rowan leads the BIG EAST with 71 points and 33 assists, and her 5.46 points per game ranks third in the nation.  With her outing against the Irish, Rowan moved up to seventh on the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list with 355 points and fourth on the all-time assists list with 139.

STINGY STRETCH: Boston University stretched its winning streak to eight games with a pair of victories last week propelled by junior goalkeeper Rachel Klein, who held opponents to just 7.50 goals per game.

The native of Forest Hill, Md., recorded 15 saves in a 13-6 non-conference win over Boston College, and then fended off Vermont as the Terriers staged a second-half comeback for a 12-9 defeat of the Catamounts.  Klein, who was named the league’s Defender of the Week, lowered her goals against average to 10.38, which ranks 30th in Division I.

BU is now 4-0 in America East play and has secured a league tournament playoff berth.  The Terriers will look to clinch the top seed in the tournament championship when they host Binghamton on April 18.

EYE ON THE PRIZE:  Ohio State senior midfielder Rachel Hawes garnered Womenslax.com Player of the Week after leading the Buckeyes to an upset of then-No. 10 Vanderbilt last weekend.  It was the first time the Buckeyes beat the Commodores in 10 years.

Hawes posted a career-high five goals along with two ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control in the 15-13 come-from-behind win. 

The Buckeyes are off to their best start in program history at 10-3, and are ranked No. 13 in the latest IWLCA Division I poll.

TRIPLE THREAT:  Three Fairfield University players recorded their 100th career goals in an 18-12 win over Marist College in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on April 3.

Only four Stags had reached the 100-goal mark in the first 12 seasons of program history, but Rebecca White, Abbey Goodwin and Kristen Coleman all accomplished the feat against the Red Foxes last week.

The Stags have since defeated Marist and Siena to extend their winning streak to five games.  Fairfield is unbeaten in MAAC play.