Notebook: Herons Remain Undefeated
HERON HEROICS: William Smith sophomore Laura Burnett-Kurie garnered a pair of honors after leading the Herons to a 1-0 win against then-No. 9 Rochester on Sept. 14.
Burnett-Kurie scored the game-winning goal against Rochester, earning Liberty League Co-Offensive and ECAC Upstate Player of the Week. The forward from Durham, N.H., leads the Herons with nine points and four goals, three of which have been game-winners.
The No. 6 Herons boast a 5-0-0 record and have not allowed a goal this season. Goalkeeper Nikki Dudley is responsible for keeping opponents scoreless in all 450 minutes played this year.
BEST START: A trio of victories last week, and a 7-0-0 record, allowed Virginia Wesleyan College to move to No. 10 in the latest NSCAA/adidas Top 25 poll.
The Marlins' overall record is the best undefeated and untied start to the season in school history. VWC has outscored opponents 27-3, and has posted five shutouts in the last six games.
Senior Sharon Hay and sophomore Missy Kuhns have combined to score 13 of the Marlins' 27 goals this year. Hay leads the team with eight goals on the season.
JUMBOS ROLL: Ariel Samuelson became just the seventh player in Tufts University history to score a hat trick as the Jumbos defeated then-No. 15 Middlebury, 3-0, on Sept. 17. She is also the first player to achieve the feat since Lynn Cooper did it in 1999.
Samuelson, a native of Newton, Mass., was named New England Small College Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her performance. Earlier in the week, Samuelson contributed an assist in the Jumbos' win over then-No. 13 Wheaton (Mass.).
Senior Sarah Callaghan assisted on all three of Samuelson's goals against Middlebury, tying a Tufts' single-game record. Callaghan is tied for fourth in the nation with 1.00 assists per game.
STOPPING 'EM COLD: No. 25 Emory University continued to roll as the Eagles racked up their sixth shutout of the season with a 3-0 win over Oglethorpe on Sept. 20.
Emory has not allowed a goal this season. Senior goalkeeper Amy Franciscovich has made 12 saves in six starts this season.
Jessie Dean, who scored a pair of goals in 50 seconds against the Stormy Petrels, leads the Eagles with 13 points and three goals this year.
NOTABLE: No. 15 Johns Hopkins improved its record to 8-0-0, tying the blue Jays' best start in school history, with a 2-1 win against Misericordia on Sept. 20 ¦ Denison goalkeeper Liz Gillette posted her fourth shutout of the season, and third straight, as the Big Red edged then-No. 5 Washington University, 1-0, on Sept. 18. The No. 4 Big Red hosts top-ranked Messiah College on Sept. 24 ¦ Freshman forward Michelle Corbett recorded her first career hat trick to lead Ohio Wesleyan to a 3-1 win against DePauw on Sept. 17.