CAA Field Hockey Weekly Report - Oct. 23
CAA Field Hockey Co-Player of the Week:
Kelsey McKee, So., Back, Delaware
Mckee recorded her first career hat trick as she scored three goals in Delaware's 4-2 upset win over No. 18 Drexel Friday night. It was her second consecutive multiple-goal game. McKee scored the first goal of game with 4:40 left in the first half and gave the Hens a 2-1 lead with 10:00 left in the game with her second goal. She completed the hat trick with a goal on the final play of the game. McKee leads the team and ranks fourth in the CAA with 10 goals this season.
CAA Field Hockey Player of the Week:
Crystal Poland, Sr., Forward, Northeastern
Poland made history again for Northeastern last week when, against Hofstra, she became the Huskies' all-time leading points scorer with 168. Over the weekend, Poland accumulated four goals and an assist for nine points. Poland's two goals and an assist against Hofstra helped the Huskies to a 7-1 win over the Pride. Poland followed that up with two of NU's three goals against No. 13 Boston University, one of which came on a penalty stroke. Poland now has a CAA-best 24 goals and 53 points, five goals shy of tying the NU record for most in a season.
CAA Field Hockey Rookie of the Week:
Deirdre Duke, Fr., Forward, Northeastern
Duke became the first Northeastern player to score four goals in a single game since 2003 in the Huskies' 7-1 win over Hofstra. The freshman had a hat trick in the first period against the Pride, and finished out the second half with another goal and an assist to help the Huskies pick up the victory. Her four-goal performance was the second-best performance in the NCAA this season (three players have had five-goal games). Duke has 11 goals and five assists for the season. Her game-winner against Hofstra gives her four GWG in 2012, tied for second most in the CAA behind teammate Crystal Poland.
Three CAA schools are ranked in this week's NFHCA Top 25 national poll (Old Dominion - 9, Northeastern - 10, Drexel - 23).
Old Dominion has been ranked in the top-10 of the NFHCA national polls for 18 consecutive weeks dating back to last season.
Northeastern freshman Deirdre Duke became the first Huskie to score four goals in a single game since 2003 in NU's 7-1 win over Hofstra Friday night.
Delaware sophomore Kelsey McKee recorded her first career hat trick in the Blue Hens' 4-2 victory over No. 18 Drexel. The win snapped an 18-game losing streak to teams ranked in the top 20 of the NFHCA poll.
JMU goalie Lena Wimmert recorded a season-high 11 saves Sunday afternoon against Old Dominion.
Delaware is currently riding a three-game winning streak, its longest since 2009.
The CAA regular season concludes this week with several key games on the schedule. The top seed will likely be determined when Northeastern takes on Drexel Friday night, while the sixth and final seed will be on the line as Hofstra squares off against Towson Friday afternoon.
Anders to coach last home game: Old Dominion coach Beth Anders will coach her final home regular season match Friday night against North Carolina before retiring following the conclusion of this season. Anders has a career record of 558-134-7 (.803) in 30 seasons at ODU and has won an NCAA-record nine national titles and 15 CAA titles. Her 558 wins are most all-time among all NCAA coaches.
Poland sets new school record: Northeastern senior Crystal Poland became the Huskies' all-time leading points scorer following nine points in two games last weekend. Poland has a total of 168 points and 53 points this season. She is just four points away from her season high of 57 set last season.