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CAA Field Hockey Weekly Notebook — Oct. 15

Oct 15, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

Weekly CAA FH Report

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Cate Johnson • William & Mary
Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle, So., Goalkeeper

Johnson played exceptionally well in goal for the Tribe last week, turning aside a total of 10 shots on 11 attempts, while her team went 1-1. In a tough 1-0 loss at Richmond on Friday, the sophomore did not allow a goal in 57:15 of action. Johnson got the nod in net on Sunday versus No. 5 Virginia and helped William & Mary earn its first win over a Top-5 foe since 1995 (also Virginia). Playing in her hometown of Charlottesville, she made a career-high eight saves and held the Cavaliers scoreless through the first 62 minutes, allowing the Tribe to hold on for the impressive 2-1 decision. It was William & Mary’s first victory over a ACC opponent since 2004.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK:
Becky Garner • Northeastern
Somerset, England/Millfield Prep, Fr., Goalkeeper

One week after Natalie Stewart became the first Huskie to earn weekly honors, goalkeeper Becky Garner made it two straight for NU after a strong defensive showing. Garner’s first career shutout came in an ideal situation as she made seven saves and helped the Huskies knock off No. 19 Drexel, 1-0, last Friday. The England native also recorded four saves in a 3-2 non-conference defeat at Maine on Sunday. Garner has started all 13 games for Northeastern this season and ranks fourth in the league in saves (67) and saves per game (5.15).

  • The Delaware Blue Hens earned a split over the week, defeating Towson (5-0) on Friday before dropping a tough game versus then-No. 9 Princeton on Sunday (2-1). Senior captain Clare O’Malley registered one goal in each contest and now owns nine for her UD career. Friday’s win over Towson was special for head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof because it was the 100th of his coaching career. He owns a 100-59 record over eight total seasons with UD and Michigan State. The loss to Princeton at home snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Blue Hens at Rullo Stadium, which was tied for the longest mark in program history.
  • Drexel opened up league play on the road on Friday, but lost to Northeastern, 1-0. The Dragons, though, bounced back on Sunday at Hofstra with a 3-2 victory. Versus the Pride, junior Christina Conrad tied a career-high with two goals. She now leads Drexel with six goals and 15 points this season. The win also marked another milestone for head coach Denise Zelenak, as it was the 200th of her coaching career.
  • Hofstra continued its daunting stretch of facing ranked foes this past week, dropping both of its contests. The Pride fell to No. 1 Maryland, 6-0, on Tuesday, then lost to the then-No. 19 Dragons in Hemptsead, 3-2 on Sunday. The Pride play one contest this coming week — versus No.  UAlbany — but it will mark the fourth straight opponent faced that’s ranked in the Top-20.
  • James Madison made the most of its only game of the week, scoring five second-half goals versus Radford to cruise to a 6-0 win. Junior Taylor Bailey posted two goals in the victory, which helped move the Dukes to 7-6 overall.
  • Northeastern earned a split as well over the week, defeating Drexel (1-0) on Friday before falling on the road versus Maine (3-2) on Sunday. In the win over the Dragons, Caroline Judge’s goal midway through the first half proved to be the difference, while freshman goalkeeper Becky Garner notched seven saves and earned her first career shutout.
  • Towson played one game this week, but fell on the road to the Blue Hens, 5-0. Junior goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo registered nine saves in the setback. She ranks 15th in Division I in saves per game with 7.09.
  • William & Mary arguably had the most impressive week overall, despite going 1-1. The Tribe lost their first game against Richmond on Friday in heartbreaking fashion, allowing the only goal of the game with just three minutes remaining. On Sunday, however, W&M picked up a huge 2-1 victory at then-No. 5 Virginia. Pippin Saunders opened up the scoring seven minutes into the action and Taylor Hodge added the eventual game-winner with just over nine minutes to play. This week’s Player of the Week, goalkeeper Cate Johnson, made a career-high eight saves to give the Tribe their first over a Top-5 foe since 1995 (also Virginia), while it was the Cavaliers’ first loss versus an unranked opponent since 2011.

Hot at home: Delaware suffered its first loss of the season at home and now owns a 7-1 record in Newark. Drexel sits at 4-1 on the year at home, however, James Madison (5-0) is the only remaining team to not yet suffer a defeat at home.

NCAA D-1 Stat Leaders

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS        Rank/Actual
Defensive saves:
Gillian Kirkpatrick, Hofstra    3 (6)
Kelly Mattingly, Towson    20 (3)
Goalie win-loss percentage:
Catherine Johnson, Will. & Mary    15 (.714)
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        19 (.692)
Sarah Scher, Delaware        19 (.692)
Goals against average:
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        25 (1.67)
Goals per game:
Taylor West, James Madison    7 (1.00)
Michaela Patzner, Delaware    21 (0.77)
Points per game:
Taylor West, James Madison    14 (2.31)
Save percentage:
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        17 (.758)
Saves per game:
Kaitlyn De Turo, Hofstra    13 (7.27)
Brittany Varacallo, Towson    15 (7.09)

TEAM LEADERS        Rank/Actual
Assists per game:
Delaware            17 (2.31)
Drexel            22 (2.23)
Defensive saves:
Hofstra            8 (8)
Towson            13 (6)
Northeastern        13 (6)
Drexel            24 (4)
James Madison        24 (4)
Goals against average:
Drexel            24 (1.66)
Delaware            25 (1.69)
Goals per game:
James Madison        11 (3.31)
Delaware            22 (2.85)
Penalty Corners Per Game:
James Madison        21 (7.62)
Points per game:
James Madison        13 (8.69)
Delaware            22 (8.00)
Save Percentage:
Drexel            14 (.771)
Saves per game:
Towson            12 (8.15)
Hofstra            15 (7.80)
Scoring average:
James Madison        9 (3.30)
Delaware            22 (2.84)
Scoring margin:
James Madison        14 (1.53)
Delaware            21 (1.15)
Shutouts per game:
Delaware            17 (0.23)
James Madison        17 (0.23)
Winning percentage:
Delaware            18 (.692)
Drexel            18 (.692)

*-Games through 10/13/13, based on Top-25 for individual and team statistics.