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CAA Field Hockey Weekly Notebook — Sept. 24

Sep 24, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

Co-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Taylor West • James Madison
Princess Anne, Md./Pocomoke, So., Forward

West broke out offensively for the Dukes during an impressive 2-0 week, notching five goals and 12 points in back-to-back shutout wins. She recorded her second hat trick of the season in a 4-0 win over VCU on Friday, then tallied two goals and two assists in a 7-0 rout of Appalachian State on Saturday. It’s the second Player of the Week nod for the sophomore, who leads JMU with 10 goals.

Elise DiDonato • Drexel
Mt. Laurel, N.J./Bishop Eustace Prep, Sr., Midfielder/Forward

DiDonato, a co-captain for the Dragons, showed her true leadership and played a huge hand in helping Drexel capture two tough road wins last week. She scored a goal and dished out five assists — including a career-high four helpers in Thursday’s 6-1 win against Kent State. Versus then-No. 10 Iowa on Saturday, DiDonato’s presence was felt again as she registered one goal and assisted on the eventual game-winner in the 2-1 victory.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Meghan Winesett • Delaware
Centreville, Va./Westfield, Fr., Forward

Winesett helped the Blue Hens earn a 1-1 split over the weeked by registering two goals and one assist in a crucial, 4-3 victory versus Bucknell on Sunday. The freshman ranks second on the team this season with four goals and two assists for 10 points. She is also one of three UD freshman to have scored at least two goals this season, along with Esmee Peet and Maddie O’Beirne.

CAA League Play Starts: With non-conference action almost complete, CAA league play is finally read to begin. Hofstra visits Northeastern on Friday and James Madison heads to William & Mary on Sunday.

CAA QUICK HITS:
•    The Delaware Blue Hens split a pair of road games over the weekend, falling to then-No. 12 Penn State on Friday and earning a win versus Bucknell on Sunday. The 5-0 loss to PSU snapped a four-game winning streak, while the Blue Hens were shutout for the first time this season. In a 4-3 win over Bucknell, freshman Meghan Winesett collected two goals and added an assist in the victory.
•    Drexel had an impressive week that included two road wins. In a 6-1 rout at Kent State on Thursday, junior Chloe Pachuilo had a hat trick and fellow classmate Rachel Sumfest had two goals and an assist. Senior Elise DiDonato also impressively dished out four helpers in the win. DiDonato stayed hot versus then-No. 10 Iowa on Saturday, registering a goal and assisting on another to Meghan Plank in a 2-1 victory. Junior goalie Jantien Gunter made eight saves in each game.
•    Hofstra dropped both of its contests over the week versus Richmond, 4-0 on Friday and then-No. 7 UMass, 5-1, on Sunday. In the tough road loss versus the Minutemen, senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn De Turo tied a career-high with 13 saves, while freshman Stella Schoen scored the team’s lone goal – her sixth of the season.
•    James Madison erupted offensively this past week, earning back-to-back shutout victories over VCU and Appalachian State to improve to 5-3 on the season. Sophomore Taylor West notched her second hat trick of the year versus VCU on Wednesday, and Adrienne le Vatte recorded her first goal of the season to complete the 4-0 win. In a 7-0 victory over ASU on Saturday, six different Dukes scored goals, including two from West and one from le Vatte. West now has 10 goals through the first eight games of the season.
•    Northeastern arguably played the toughest schedule over the weekend, dropping both of its contests versus Michigan State and Louisville, respectively, in Kentucky. Freshman goalkeeper Becky Garner made a career-high 11 saves in a 2-0 defeat to the Spartans on Friday. Versus the then-No. 19 Cardinals on Sunday, senior Lindsay Bennett scored a goal in the fourth minute, but the hosts added two goals in the final 15 to steal a 2-1 victory over the Huskies.
•    Towson dropped both of its games in New Jersey over the weekend in similar fashion. The Tigers fell to Rider, 4-0, on Friday and Monmouth, 4-0, on Sunday. Freshman goalie Megan Boyle made her first career start at Rider and had 11 stops, then added eight saves in the setback at Monmouth.
•    The Tribe of William & Mary went 1-1 over the weekend and now sit at 3-5 on the year. Freshman Brittany Hopkins added a goal and an assist during a 5-3 loss versus Michigan. She ranks third on the team with two goals and two assists on the season. In Sunday’s 1-0 win over Davidson, it was another freshman making an impact, as Olivia Hajek had a steal-and-score in the 33rd minute which proved to be the difference-maker.