Nov. 9, 2010

By Amy Farnum

Junior forward Katie Pufnock claimed Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors after netting goals for No. 1 Shippensburg in a pair of league victories as the Lady Raiders stretched their winning streak to 18 games last week.

Pufnock netted the game-winner in a 6-1 defeat of Mercyhurst, and followed it up with a game-tying score as the Lady Raiders edged Millersville, 3-2, on Nov. 6. She has recorded just seven shots in the last seven games, but has tallied goals on six of those attempts.

The Lady Raiders completed divisional play with an 8-0 mark, outscoring foes 36-4 on the season. They have reeled off 18 straight PSAC Western Division victories, dating back to October 2008. The Lady Raiders host Kutztown on Nov. 9 for their final home game of the regular season.

UMass Lowell clinched at least a share of the Northeast 10 Conference regular season title with a 5-1 win over Adelphi on Nov. 6, improving to 19-0 on the season with one game remaining on the schedule.

Senior forward Katie Enaire notched a hat trick in the Adelphi victory, becoming the schools second-leading all-time scorer with 161 career points. The native of Amesbury, Mass., also tallied two goals in a defeat at Bentley and was named NE-10 Player of the Week for her contributions. Enaire is currently tied for the league lead in goals with 24.

Freshman Rachel McCarthy also helped in the River Hawks 2-0 week, tallying a goal and an assist to improve her point total to 22. She is tied with Southern Connecticuts Sarah Cebry for the most points among conference freshmen, and was named NE-10 Rookie of the Week.

The No. 2 River Hawks have been dominant during the season, and lead the nation with a 4.89 scoring average, and 0.21 goals against average. UMass Lowell has posted 15 shutouts and outscored opponents 93-4 on the year. They look to remain flawless on the year in their season finale against Saint Anselm on Nov. 10.

Bellarmine University concluded the regular season on a high note, downing Lindenwood, 6-1, on Nov. 7, as the Knights set a new school record with 15 victories. The previous record of 14 was held by three teams, most recently in 1992. The No. 9 Knights, who are currently ranked fourth in the nation with a .822 winning percentage, await NCAA selections on Nov. 21 to see if they will be invited to participate in the six-team field of the Division II Championship. Bellarmine is co-hosting the Division II Fall Festival where the field hockey semifinals and finals will be held on Dec. 2-4.

RECORDS FALL: Millersville University (9-10) has posted its most wins since 1999 after a 1-1 record last week that included a shutout of then-No. 10 C.W. Post.

Junior goalkeeper Sara Dickinson tallied 11 saves in a 2-0 defeat of the Pioneers on Nov. 5 for her seventh shutout of the season - the programs most since 1996. The native of Millersville, Pa., then fended off 10 shots against No. 1 Shippensburg as the Marauders fell short, 3-2, on Nov. 6.

Dickinson was named PSAC East Player of the Week for the first time this year for her efforts. She ranks eighth in the nation with a 1.60 GAA.

The No. 7 Marauders travel to No. 4 East Stroudsburg on Nov. 13 for their final game of the regular season.

American Intercollegiate College cracked the NFHCA Division II Coaches Poll at No. 10 for the first time in program history after notching the schools first-ever winning season.

The Yellow Jackets have sponsored a field hockey team since 1996, but their 11-6 overall record and 6-2 mark in Northeast-10 Conference play are both program bests. AIC also earned its first-ever berth in the NE-10 Tournament under first-year head coach Stacey Blue.

AIC travels to Adelphi (Nov. 10) and Saint Michaels (Nov. 13) to conclude the regular season this week.