Sep 3, 2013, 4:09 PM EDT
News and notes from the opening weekend of CAA field hockey:
William & Mary defeated Radford and VCU on the opening weekend to start the season 2-0 for the second straight year. They were also the first two matches of Tess Ellis’ head coaching career. All nine of the Tribe’s goals this season have come from nine different players. Pippin Saunders led W&M with a goal and three assists.
Delaware went 1-1 last week after a 5-2 victory over Ohio and a tough 2-1 overtime loss to No. 16 Boston University. Sophomore midfielder Michaela Patzner registered three goals and one assist over the week, while freshman Meghan Winesett notched her first career goals, both coming in the win over Ohio.
Northeastern opened the 2013 season at home this past weekend playing on the Huskies’ new facility in nearby Dedham, Mass. NU went 1-1, with a 2-1 win over Monmouth in OT before dropping a 4-2 decision to No. 11 Northwestern. Freshman Emmy Zweserijn scored a goal in each game. The Huskies have 11 true freshmen on their roster, which is tied with Lock Haven and Michigan State for the most first-year players in Divison I.
Drexel goalkeeper Jantien Gunter made six saves and earned her seventh career shutout in the Dragons’ 2-0 victory over Indiana last Saturday. She also stopped five shots in a 4-1 setback to #10 Duke. Freshman Idrienne Walker scored the long Drexel goal against Duke.
Hofstra had three players earn all-tournament honors last weekend as freshmen Stella Schoen and Carissa Witmer were joined by senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn DeTuro, who made 11 saves in a 4-1 loss to #5 Syracuse. Junior Jonel Boileau contributed a goal and two assists in the two games.
JMU, which has outscored its first two opponents 13-2, has now won nine of its last 10 opening games. Nine different Dukes scored in the two contests. Freshman Robin De Bruyne had a goal and an assist in her collegiate debut versus Kent State.
Towson dropped a pair of one-goal games to Sacred Heart and Davidson. Goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo made 21 saves in the two contests.
Non-conference play continues this week with 14 total games from Sept. 4-8.
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