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Weekly CAA Field Hockey Report — Nov. 5

Nov 5, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

Weekly CAA Field Hockey Report — Nov. 5

PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Michaela Patzner • Delaware
Rosenheim, Germany/Karolinen Gymnasium, So., Midfielder

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.

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

Winesett, like Patzner, won her third weekly honor of the season thanks to lending a helpful hand in Delaware’s 2-0 week. She registered one goal in the 4-0 win at Drexel, then handed out two helpers in the Blue Hens’ 6-1 triumph versus Villanova. Overall, the freshman finished her first career regular season with a team-high eight assists and is tied for third on UD with 22 points and seven goals this year.

CAA QUICK HITS:
•    The Delaware Blue Hens captured their first ever CAA regular season title after defeating Drexel, 4-1, Friday night in Philly. The Blue Hens (6-0) finished league play undefeated for the first time ever and will host the 2013 CAA field hockey championships for the first time this coming weekend. UD ended the regular season by downing Villanova, 6-1. Michaela Patzner and Meghan Winesett scored a combined four goals and dished out three assists over the weekend.
•    Drexel went 1-1 last weekend, falling to UD before beating Towson (4-0). The win versus the Tigers secured the Dragons’ #2 spot in the championship. Senior co-captain Lindsay McArdle scored two goals in the win on Sunday, and on Senior Day nonetheless.
•    Hofstra’s season officially came to end following a tough 0-2 weekend. Despite the two defeats, senior goalkeeper Kaitlyn De Turo played lights out. The senior recorded an amazing 30 saves over both games, including a career-high 19 in the Pride’s 2-1 double-overtime setback to William & Mary on Sunday. In a 3-1 loss at JMU on Friday, De Turo had 11 saves and finished the year with a league-high 161 stops and .709 save percentage.
•    James Madison did all it could over the weekend, earning two wins over Northeastern and Hofstra, respectively. The Dukes, though, did not qualify for the postseason CAA tournament. Adrienne le Vatte added a goal and an assist to pace the Dukes over the weekend, while Taylor West finished the year leading the team in goals (14) and points (33). Goalie Stephanie Tarafas led the league in goals-angainst-average (1.29) through the regular season and ranks 12th in Division I with a .780 save percentage.
•    Northeastern won one of three games over the week, but the Huskies made it count, defeating William & Mary, 3-2 on the road. Though the team also fell to Harvard and JMU, the win over the Tribe ultimately helped secure their spot in the CAA semifinals. Lindsay Bennett, the team’s lone senior, supplied all three goals in the victory. It also turned out to be NU’s only three goals of the week.
•    Towson’s season officially came to a close on Sunday in Philly versus the Dragons. Tigers goalkeeper Brittany Varacallo made eight saves, all of which came in the first half. The junior finished the year with 109 saves and a .712 save percentage.
•    William & Mary’s season stayed alive after a thrilling, 3-2, double-overtime win versus Hofstra on Sunday. The Tribe ridiculously outshot the Pride 41-10, while senior Taylor Hodge registered 13 shots alone. Hodge supplied the game-tying goal in the 57th minute of regulation. It was her team-leading 10th goal of the season and the highest total for a Tribe member since 2004.

CAA Championship Central: The field is set for this week’s CAA championship hosted by UD at Rullo Stadium, be sure to follow all the action on social media by following @CAASports on Twitter and joining the conversation with the official championship hashtag, #CAAChamps. Feel free to visit the league’s #CAAChamps page (on CAASports.com) for all other information regarding the 2013 field hockey championship. Friday at 4:00, #1 UD plays #4 William & Mary, followed by #2 Drexel facing off versus #3 Northeastern at 7:00 p.m. The title game is set for a 1:00 start on Sunday, with the winner earning a bid into the NCAA Field Hockey Championship Tournament.

NCAA D-1 Stat Leaders

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS        Rank/Actual
Defensive saves:
Gillian Kirkpatrick, Hofstra    6 (6)
Goalie win-loss percentage:
Sarah Scher, Delaware        9 (.778)
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        20 (.684)
Goals against average:
Stephanie Tarafas, JMU    11 (1.29)
Sarah Scher, Delaware        18 (1.39)
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        23 (1.47)
Goals per game:
Michaela Patzner, Delaware    24 (0.78)
Taylor West, JMU        24 (0.78)
Points per game:
Michaela Patzner, Delaware    22 (1.89)
Save percentage:
Jantien Gunter, Drexel        10 (.781)
Stephanie Tarafas, JMU    12 (.780)
Sarah Scher, Delaware        19 (.760)
Saves per game:
Kaitlyn De Turo, Hofstra    9 (8.05)
Brittany Varacallo, Towson    12 (7.27)

TEAM LEADERS        Rank/Actual
Assists per game:
Delaware            17 (2.33)
Defensive saves:
Hofstra            14 (9)
Towson            14 (9)
Goals against average:
Delaware            18 (1.39)
Drexel            22 (1.45)
Goals per game:
Delaware            12 (3.28)
James Madison        21 (2.89)
Points per game:
Delaware            12 (8.89)
James Madison        25 (7.61)
Save Percentage:
Drexel            7 (.793)
Delaware            21 (.762)
Saves per game:
Hofstra            12 (8.50)
Towson            13 (8.47)
Scoring average:
Delaware            11 (3.27)
James Madison        20 (2.88)
Scoring margin:
Delaware            9 (1.88)
James Madison        23 (1.22)
Shutouts per game:
Delaware            12 (0.33)
James Madison        17 (0.28)
Drexel            20 (0.26)
Winning percentage:
Delaware            10 (.778)
Drexel            20 (.684)

*-Games through 11/3/13, based on Top-25 for individual and team statistics.

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