October 30, 2013

Corvias ECAC Field Hockey Players of the Week (for week ending October 27, 2013)

Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Esmee Peet – University of Delaware
Freshman, Midfielder, Zeewolde, Netherlands

Peet continued her outstanding freshman season as she lead the Blue Hens to two key road shutout victories last week. Peet registered her first career hat trick and added one assist in Delaware’s 6-0 win at Hofstra, then added another goal in a 3-0 victory on the road versus Northeastern. The Netherlands native helped assure that the 5-0, league-leading Blue Hens earned at least a share of the CAA regular season title heading into their showdown with Drexel on Friday. Peet not only became the first UD freshman to post a hat trick since Oct. 6, 1998, but also became the first Blue Hen to finish a game with seven points since the 2009 season. Over 16 games -- all starts -- the freshman midfielder is second on her team with 10 goals and 24 points and needs one more point to set a new program record for a freshman.

Defensive Player of the Week

Carlie Tarbell – University of New Hampshire

Senior, Goalkeeper, Wakefield, Mass.

Tarbell ran her shutout string to four games (284:54) by helping UNH blank UMass Lowell and over the weekend. She made four saves, all in the second half, of Friday's win over UMass Lowell and stopped one shot in Sunday's victory over Vermont.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

Carlee Dragon – LIU Post
Senior, Forward, Bridgewater, NJ

Dragon led the third-ranked Pioneers to a 2-0 week with a team high 11 points on four goals and three assists. In the Pioneers’ 4-1 over Saint Anselm on Oct. 26, the senior forward tallied two goals and assisted on the other two LIU Post goals on the afternoon.

Defensive Player of the Week

Dani Crouse – LIU Post
Graduate, Midfielder, Westville, South Africa

Crouse anchored a Pioneer defense that held its opponents to one goal, while the Pioneers scored 12 goals in their two wins. The Pioneers overwhelmed their opponents with 55 shot attempts to four and a penalty corner advantage of 47-5. Crouse added three points against Mercy with one goal and one assist.

Division III – New England

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Rachel Preusser – Castleton State College
Senior, Forward, Craryville, NY

 Preusser continued her stellar senior season with a pair of dominating performances last week. Against New England College Preusser had a hand in five of Castleton's six goals, dishing off two assists and scoring her second hat trick of the season. Facing a tough Husson squad on Saturday, the senior scored the Spartans' first three goals to propel them to the 6-0 win. Preusser currently leads the NAC in points (66), goals (22) and assists (22).

Peyton Dostie – University of Southern Maine
Junior, Forward, Standish, Maine

Dostie produced 11 points, on five goals and an assist, to lead Southern Maine to a pair of Little East wins this past week.  The junior from Standish, Maine established a new Huskies’ single season record for points (49), putting an additional two between the previous standard set by Kristen Potito in 1988.  Dostie registered seven points, on three goals and a helper, in the victory at Western Connecticut on Oct. 26.  Earlier in the week, she recorded two markers in the win against Worcester State.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Lizetta Solarik – Endicott College
Senior, Goalkeeper, Carmel, NY

Solarik made an impressive 40 total saves in a tough 1-1 week for the Gulls in conference play.  In a tough 3-2 loss against local rival Gordon, the senior posted 11 saves to keep Endicott within striking distance.  Solarik then had a notable performance against Salve Regina, as she recorded 29 saves in the Gulls 4-2 win.  The 29 saves rank Solarik in the top 10 of Division III and in the top 12 of all three divisions of NCAA field hockey.

Kacie Sturgeon – Bridgewater State University
Senior, Dartmouth, Mass.

Sturgeon made five saves to post a 0.00 goals against average and a 1.000 save percentage, backstopping Bridgewater State to a 2-0 week.  The senior from Dartmouth, Mass. made three stops to lift the Bears past Eastern Connecticut.  She also turned aside two Salem State attempts on Oct. 22.

Division III – Mid-Atlantic

Offensive Player of the Week

Amanda DeChent – Manhattanville College
Senior, Forward, Putnam Valley, NY

DeChent scored two goals against Eastern, including the game-winner in overtime that tallied the 15th game winning goal of her career. After trailing to Delaware Valley 4-1 headed into the second half, DeChent brought the Valiants back into the game. In the second half, DeChent scored the first two goals of the half and also had the assist on the late equalizer. DeChent's assist tied her for Manhattanville's all-time lead in assists with 35. Despite losing to the Aggies, DeChent tallied 5 points, totaling 9 points for the week.

Defensive Player of the Week

Kells Casey – Utica College
Sophomore, Goalkeeper, Sandwich, Mass.

Casey went 2-0 last week as the Pioneers improved to 13-3 on the year. She posted her sixth shut out of the season and stopped four shots in the Pioneers 1-0 victory over conference foe Washington & Jefferson Saturday. She also stopped six shots as the Pioneers rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Hamilton College 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon.