November 6, 2013

Corvias ECAC Field Hockey Players of the Week (for week ending November 3, 2013)

Division I

Offensive Player of the Week

Michaela Patzner – University of Delaware
Sophomore, Midfielder, Rosenheim, Germany

Patzner’s third weekly honor of the season comes on the heels of a three goal, one assist weekend which saw the Blue Hens earn two huge wins and their first ever CAA regular season title. In an impressive 4-0 victory at Drexel on Friday, Patzner gave the Hens an early 1-0 lead, then added some insurance with another goal to make it 3-0 late in the second half. The win not only assured that UD would host its first CAA championship tournament, but also allowed the team to finish league play perfect (6-0) for the first time. The Germany native capped off the weekend with one goal and one assist in a 6-1 rout of Villanova on Sunday.

Defensive Player of the Week

Valentina Cerda Eimbcke – Boston University
Junior, Goalkeeper, Santiago, Chile

Eimbcke stopped all seven shots she faced to register her fifth shutout of the season in a 2-0 win over Lafayette on Saturday. The five shutouts lead the Patriot League, and she also tops the League in goals against average (1.30) heading into the postseason.

Division II

Offensive Player of the Week

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

Dragon led the unbeaten Pioneers to a 2-0 week with four goals and one assist for nine points. She totaled seven points in the Pioneers’ 8-1 win over American Int’l on Oct. 29 and added a goal in the 4-3 overtime win against Stonehill on Saturday. It’s the fifth time this season she’s been recognized with this honor.

Defensive Player of the Week

Madison Davis – Merrimack College
Sophomore, Goalkeeper, San Jose, Calif.

Facing one of the most potent offenses in the country, Davis played well beyond her years, turning away a career-high 11 shots, including a penalty stroke attempt and a breakaway chance from the league’s leading goal scorer, to help Merrimack upset Stonehill, 1-0, on Tuesday in its regular-season finale.

Division III – New England

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Casey Clark – University of New England
Senior, Forward, Franconia, NH

Clark had two goals in each of the Nor’easters two games this week as UNE went 2-0. Clark recorded the game-tying goal in the 63rd minute and then the game-winner in the 68th minute for a 3-2 victory over Endicott.  In a 3-1 win over Roger Williams, the senior netted the first two goals of the game, scoring in the third minute and then again in the 36th minute to put the Nor’easter up 2-0.  Top seeded UNE will play host to No. 4 Nichols this Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in a CCC semifinal matchup.

Kristen Kilburn – Mount Holyoke College
Midfielder, Junior, North Branford, Conn.

Kilburn had another outstanding week, helping the #17 Lyons to a 2-0 record with a team-best 10 points. She aided MHC's victory over Westfield State with a pair of goals and an assist and went on to secure a key conference win against Wheaton. In that contest, Kilburn tallied two goals and an assist, while also pouring in 10 shots, including seven on goal to secure the second-seed and a first-round bye for the Lyons.

Defensive Player of the Week

Allison Romano – Worcester State University
Goalkeeper, East Bridgewater, Mass.

Romano made three saves to earn a shutout victory over Little East rival Eastern Connecticut on Nov. 2 to force a three-way tie for seventh place in the conference standings.  The Lancers also defeated the Warriors in the tie-breaker to secure the eighth seed in the Little East Championship field.

Division III – Mid-Atlantic

Co-Offensive Players of the Week

Kayla DeAngelis – SUNY Geneseo
Senior, Forward, Liverpool, NY

DeAngelis continued her record-breaking season last week, leading the Knights' offense during a pair of road victories. Following a 1-goal, 1-assist performance that established new program single-season goal and points scoring standards in a 5-2 win at St. John Fisher, she set a Geneseo single-game record with nine points on four goals (which also tied the Knights' single-game goal record) and an assist in a 6-4 comeback win at #18 Rochester. Trailing 3-2 early in the second half, DeAngelis scored three straight goals in a nine-minute span, including the eventual game-winner, to push the Knights to their fourth-consecutive victory.

Sam Barcia – Drew University
Sophomore, Forward, Berlin, NJ

Barcia tallied 14 points in two Drew victories this week. In Wednesday's non-conference finale against Muhlenberg, Barcia scored four times for the second time this season. The 19th ranked Rangers clinched the top seed in the Landmark Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win over Juniata on Saturday afternoon. Barcia scored twice and also recorded a pair of assists in the regular season finale. Her second goal was her 27th of the year, tying the field hockey program record set in 1986. She leads the Landmark Conference in goals with 27 and points with 60.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Mairead Hourihan – SUNY Cortland
Freshman, Goalkeeper, Yorktown Heights, NY

Hourihan posted two wins in the cage for Cortland last week as the Red Dragons improved to 13-2 overall on the season. In a 3-2 OT win at St. Lawrence on Wednesday, she made eight saves in 76:18. Hourihan then played the first half in a 9-0 victory versus Houghton on Friday and did not face a shot. For the week, she posted a 2-0 record with a 1.26 GAA and an .800 save percentage.

Chloe Baro – Lebanon Valley College
Senior, Goalkeeper, Douglassville, Pa.

Baro made 12 saves to earn the shutout and propel Lebanon Valley in a do-or-die game against first-place Elizabethtown on Tuesday. Needing to beat the Blue Jays to qualify for the CC Tournament, Baro helped LVC ride an early 1-0 lead with her fifth shutout of the season. Elizabethtown outshot LVC 12-6 and led 10-2 on corners.