Notebook: Steering The Shipp
Nov. 9, 2010
By Amy Farnum
STEERING THE SHIP: 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.
SEEKING PERFECTION: 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.
KNIGHTS TO REMEMBER: 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.
BUZZING AROUND: 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.