March 31, 2009

By Amy Farnum Novin

Maryland freshman Karri Ellen Johnson sparked the No. 2 Terrapins to a 3-0 week, including two wins over nationally-ranked foes, as she combined for 13 goals during the stretch.

The native of Annapolis, Md., matched a career-best with five goals in a defeat of Towson March 24, and followed it up with a career-high six goals and two assists as the Terps downed then-No. 18 James Madison.  Johnson capped off the week with two goals, including the game-winner, four ground balls and 10 draw controls as Maryland remained unbeaten with a victory over then-No. 14 Stanford.

Johnson, who helped the Terrapins match their best start since 2003 at 11-0, was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week for her efforts.

HUSKY HONORS: Connecticut freshman goaltender Anna Wallingford became the first Husky player to earn Big East Player of the Week honors since 2005 after leading her squad to a pair of wins over league foes to end an 0-9 start to the season.

Wallingford recorded five saves in an 11-9 victory over Cincinnati March 27, and notched eight saves to edge Louisville, 8-7, two days later, compiling a .448 save percentage on the week.  The native of Littleton, Colo., has started each of the last five games for the Huskies, and saw her goals against average fall by two over the weekend.

STEPPING UP: Bucknell clinched its first Patriot League Tournament berth since 2006 as the Bison stepped out to their best-ever start to conference play with a 4-0 mark following a 12-11 victory over Holy Cross on March 28.

Senior midfielder Bonnie Buechel netted the game-winning goal against the Crusaders to keep the Bison in sole possession of first place in the Patriot League standings.  The native of South Orange, N.J., also contributed two goals in a non-conference loss to Drexel earlier in the week, and leads the squad with 22 goals on the year.

At 8-3, Bucknell has won eight games for the first time since 2004, and resumes action in a non-conference matchup against St. Bonaventure April 1.

STEADY SCORER: After becoming the all-time leading goal scorer in school history March 21, Boston University senior Sarah Dalton added six goals in a 15-9 win over Albany March 28 to open America East Conference action.

The native of Cornwall, Vt., improved her career total to 197 goals, and is ranked fourth among active players in Division I. Dalton also has 228 points in her career, 14 shy of the BU record.  She was named America East Player of the Week for the second time this season as she bumped her league-leading totals to 41 goals and 46 points.

The No. 12 Terriers have won four straight games, and look to stretch their streak at New Hampshire in a league tilt April 1.

STARTING STRONG: George Washington is off to a 2-0 in Atlantic-10 Conference play for the first time since 2005 thanks to the stellar play of junior Taylor Donohue last week.

The native of Villanova, Pa., combined for 12 points, starting with the game-winning goal and four assists in an 18-9 victory over Duquesne on March 27.  Donohue then added a career-best seven points on four goals and three assists as the Colonials edged St. Bonaventure over the weekend.  She was named A-10 Player of the Week for her contributions. 

Donohue paces the Colonials with 19 points, 17 assists and 36 points.