Women's DII Notebook: Broken ties, box score fillers and a clash of the titans
FIELD HOCKEY -- UNSTOPPABLE FORCE vs IMMOVABLE OBJECT
The battle between the nation’s top offense and its top defense was won by the offense on Tuesday in East Stroudsburg.
Top-ranked Millersville’s goals against average skyrocketed to 0.41 after losing a 1-0 decision to the No. 3 Warriors.
East Stroudsburg entered the game with the nation’s best goal per game average at 3.42, but dropped to fourth on the list after only getting one shot -- from Rebecca Snyder -- past Marauder keeper Samantha Rumler, the first she has allowed this season.
Rumler is tops in the country in GAA, save percentage and perhaps boredom.
She has faced just 11 shots in nine games, stopping 10 for a 0.12 GAA and 0.909 save percentage.
ESU goalie Danielle Ard has the second best GAA in the country with a 0.57 mark. Ard has also enjoyed the benefits of a strong defensive front, seeing just 43 shots in 13 games.
The Warriors are now the only undefeated team left standing in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.
SOCCER -- NIPPING AT CORBY'S HEELS
Following a seven-point weekend, Grand Valley State midfielder Marti Corby remains in the national lead in both points and assists -- although she is now tied for the lead in both categories.
Corby earned conference player of the week honors after netting a goal in each of the Lakers’ weekend games.
She had previously held the points lead by herself until a four-goal outburst in two games from North Alabama’s Chloe Richards. Richards has scored 20 goals and has had six multi-goal games this season. Tying Corby for the assists lead is Cedarville midfielder Grace Miorelli.
Grand Valley State held steady at No. 4 in the NSCAA Coaches’ Poll but knocked previously unbeaten Ashland out of the poll entirely. The Eagles did not receive a vote in the poll following a 5-0 loss to GVSU on Saturday.
VOLLEYBALL -- ROCK SOLID
Rockhurst is riding a 17-game win streak into the Mizuno Midwest Region Crossover this weekend, where the Hawks have a date scheduled with No. 4 Ferris State.
The 18-1 Hawks have lost only one set during the streak, being led by a hitting percentage and block per game average that ranks third nationally.
The only team with a better winning percentage than the Hawks is Northern State. The Wolves are a perfect 17-0 and lead the country in hitting percentage, kills per set and assists per set.
CROSS COUNTRY -- TIE BROKEN
Thanks to a great individual performance from one, and a strong team effort from another, the tie in the No. 4 slot of the USTFCCCA rankings has been broken.
Minnesota-Duluth jumped to No. 3 following its fourth team title of the season after a first place finish at the Bob Waxlax Invitational on Friday.
Meanwhile Sadie Gastelum’s second California Collegiate Athletic Association Women's Runner of the Week honor this season was not enough to propel the Wildcats past No. 4.
Gastelum edged Cal State Monterey Bay's Hannah Bell by 1.3 seconds on a 6K course to earn her first individual cross country victory. She has been the first Wildcat across the finish line in each of Chico State’s three races this season.