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CAA Field Hockey Weekly Notebook — Oct. 23

Oct 23, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

Weekly Field Hockey Report — Oct. 22

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jantien Gunter • Drexel
Groningen, Netherlands/Maartens College, Jr., Goalkeeper

Gunter became the third goalkeeper to earn weekly honors this season following stout performances in net that helped the Dragons earn a 1-1 split. In Drexel’s 1-0 win over Lafayette, Gunter preserved the win by registering four saves en route to earning her third shutout of the year — tied for first in the league. In Sunday’s 1-0 loss to then-No. 16 Temple, she made six stops in defeat and didn’t allow the goal until the 44th minute. The Netherlands native, who now owns nine shutouts over her career, also leads the CAA in goals against average (1.52) and save percentage (.775).

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

Winesett has continually improved over the course of her first collegiate season and it showed on Sunday in a 3-2 victory over Columbia. The Hens only played once over the weekend, but earned their 10th win of the year — for the first time since 2009 — while Winesett scored the eventual-game winner with 4:02 remaining in the first half to put her team ahead 3-1. It was her first career game-winning tally for the Virginia native, who also picked up weekly honors on Sept. 24. Winesett ranks second on UD with six goals and 18 points and first with six assists this season.

NCAA D-I Stat Leaders:

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS        Rank/Actual
Defensive saves:
Gillian Kirkpatrick, Hofstra    4 (6)
Allyson Fuller, Drexel        25 (3)
Kelly Mattingly, Towson    25 (3)
Goalie win-loss percentage:
Sarah Scher, Delaware        17 (.714)
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        21 (.667)
Goals against average:
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        23 (1.52)
Goals per game:
Taylor West, James Madison    18 (0.87)
Points per game:
Taylor West, James Madison    23 (2.07)
Save percentage:
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        11 (.775)
Saves per game:
Kaitlyn De Turo, Hofstra    11 (7.44)
Brittany Varacallo, Towson    13 (7.25)

TEAM LEADERS        Rank/Actual
Assists per game:
Delaware            21 (2.21)
Defensive saves:
Hofstra            9 (9)
Towson            16 (7)
Northeastern        21 (6)
Drexel            21 (6)
Goals against average:
Drexel            22 (1.51)
Goals per game:
James Madison        13 (3.13)
Delaware            22 (2.86)
Points per game:
James Madison        21 (8.13)
Delaware            23 (7.93)
Save Percentage:
Drexel            9 (.789)
Saves per game:
Towson            13 (8.21)
Hofstra            14 (8.00)
Scoring average:
James Madison        12 (3.13)
Delaware            22 (2.85)
Scoring margin:
James Madison        19 (1.26)
Delaware            24 (1.14)
Shutouts per game:
James Madison        16 (0.27)
Delaware            24 (0.21)
Winning percentage:
Delaware            18 (.714)
Drexel            21 (.667)

*-Games through 10/20/13, based on Top-25 for individual and team statistics.

CAA QUICK HITS:
•    The Delaware Blue Hens played just once this past week, but earned a 3-2 win over Columbia. UD scored all three goals in the first half, courtesy of Toni Popinko, Kasey Prettyman, and Meghan Winesett. Winesett’s tally was the first game-winner of her career. The win also marked the first time since 2009 that Delaware has reached the 10-win plateau (10-4).
•    Drexel went 1-1 over the week in non-conference play. The Dragons defeated Lafayette, 1-0, on Thursday, before dropping a tough 1-0 loss to then-No. 16 Temple on Sunday. Goalkeeper Jantien Gunter, this week’s POTW, made four saves to preserve the lone win of the week for third shutout of the season. She also stopped six shots in defeat versus the Owls. Junior Chloe Pachuilo scored the lone difference-making goal against the Leopards.
•    Hofstra played just one contest over the week, but fell to then-No. 12 UAlbany, 4-1. It was the fourth straight Top-20 ranked foe the Pride faced. Junior Jonel Boileau tallied the lone score — her 12th of the season.
•    James Madison earned a 1-1 split over the week after defeating Davidson (3-0) and  losing to Wake Forest (5-1). Both games were played away from home. In the victory over the Wildcats, junior Bethany Ashworth scored twice and sophomore Saskia Chelmowski scored once, all coming in the second half. Versus the then-No. 14 Deacons, sophomore Adrienne put JMU ahead 1-0 early, but the Dukes allowed Wake to score five unanswered to earn the win.
•    Northeastern had one contest last week versus cross-town rival Boston University and lost, 2-0. The Huskies were outshot, 11-8, though Becky Garner made six saves in defeat.
•    Towson also played just once last week, but dropped a 4-0 decision to American. Goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo stopped nine shots in the Tigers’ final non-conference tilt of the year.
•    William & Mary faced its second straight ranked foe (then-No. 15 ODU), but couldn’t pull off another upset like last week’s victory over then-No. 5 Virginia. The Tribe fell, 4-0, though goalkeeper Cate Johnson had five saves.

Season nearing its end: With the month of October nearly over, it’s hard to believe the 2013 CAA field hockey season is almost complete. There are just a total of 15 games remaining overall, with 12 to play in league action and and four remaining on the non-conference slate. This is also the first week since Sept. 10th that there has not been a CAA team ranked in the national Division I poll Top-20 poll.

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