Notebook: The New Goal Leader
Oct. 8, 2009
By Amy Farnum
GOAL LEADER: Lynchburg College’s Allie Weir became the NCAA Division III career leader in goals last week, breaking a 33-year record of 120 previously held by Bates College’s Priscilla Wilde (1976).
Weir netted four goals in a 12-0 win over Sweet Briar College on Oct. 3, and then added another tally in a 4-0 victory over Roanoke on Oct. 6. Her all-time goal total now stands at 122.
"It feels good to break the record, I tried to not think about it, but there was a little pressure," Weir said. "After the third goal, I really hoped I'd break it today on Homecoming - and with my parents, my grandma, my aunt and two cousins watching.”
The native of Richmond, Va., is just 23 points shy of the Division III career point record held by Messiah’s Danae Chambers (2004). Weir paces the nation with 1.91 goals per game, and 4.55 points per game.
"Now, we are looking forward to the next step, more team goals,” said Weir. “We'd love to win our fourth-straight Old Dominion Athletic Conference title and play in the NCAA tournament again. This is a good experienced team and I think we can go really far."
The No. 9 Hornets have won six straight contests, and look to remain perfect in ODAC play when they host Virginia Wesleyan on Oct. 8.
MILESTONE: Lebanon Valley College’s Jocelyn Novak became the fastest player in program history to reach 100 career points as she netted the game-winning goal in a 3-1 win over Haverford on Oct. 7.
The seventh-ranked Dutchmen dodged the upset by the pesky Fords thanks to Novak’s score. Haverford was attempting to upset its second straight Top 10 team after defeating then-No. 9 Johns Hopkins last weekend.
Novak, a native of Brodheadsville, Pa., is the eighth Dutchman to reach the 100-point mark, and the only player to accomplish the feat as a sophomore. She paces LVC with 33 points on 15 goals and three assists this season.
Lebanon Valley returns to Commonwealth Conference action on Oct. 10 versus Shenandoah as the Dutchmen look to remain perfect in league play.
SCORING SURGE: No. 4 Ursinus College entered the week as the nation’s scoring leader, averaging 6.45 goals per game, and the Bears continued to put up big numbers in a 6-1 win over Muhlenberg on Oct. 7 to remain unbeaten in Centennial Conference play.
Sophomore forward Alyssa Thren capped off the scoring in the contest as she improved her team-leading total to 18 goals on the year. She entered the week ranked fifth in the nation with 1.55 goals per game.
A week ago, Ursinus posted a 15-0 victory over Bryn Mawr, setting a record for goals in a game. Thren was one of three players to register a hat trick in the contest. Head coach Laura Moliken also picked up her 150th career victory against Bryn Mawr, and now has 152 all-time wins.
NOTABLE: Top-ranked Messiah cruised to a 7-0 win over Albright in Commonwealth Conference action on Oct. 7 as the Falcons improved to a perfect 10-0 on the year. It was the squad’s third shutout in the last four games. Messiah has outscored their opponents 48-10 this season … No. 2 Salisbury is riding a four-game winning streak since a 3-2 overtime loss to Messiah on Sept. 19, and has outscored foes 56-6 in 11 games … Eight different players scored in Tufts University’s 9-0 win over Wellesley College on Oct. 6 for the Jumbos’ highest offensive production of the season as they improved to 8-0 on the year. They are tied for first place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference standings with No. 6 Trinity College, which is also unbeaten on the season.